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SU Celebrates Faculty Successes

Image of Holloway HallSALISBURY, MD---Salisbury University is celebrating the following faculty successes:

Anthony Named NASW-MD Social Work Educator of the Year

Dr. Rebecca Anthony, SU assistant professor of social work, has been named the National Association of Social Workers — Maryland Chapter (NASW-MD) Social Work Educator of the Year.

Anthony was recognized for her innovation and creativity in merging social work education with digital media and social justice. This included using Twitter and other social media in the classroom, and providing students with collaborative research and presentation opportunities. She also developed an online advising hub for SU’s online M.S.W. program and a Certificate of Online Teaching and Learning program that has been adopted by others across the University.

In addition, Anthony has co-facilitated instructor trainings focused on privilege and oppression, and contributed to SU’s Diversity and Inclusion Resources for Curricula guide. She also has published articles and book chapters on ethics and social media. She is scheduled to receive the Educator of the Year Award during the NASW-MD’s September conference.

Lembo Named ESRI GIS Hero

Dr. Arthur Lembo, professor of geography and geosciences, has been named a GIS Hero by geographic information systems industry leader Esri. The honor was announced in the quarterly publication ArcNews, which profiled Lembo from his days in the private sector — including work for AT&T, and New York’s Long Island Rail Road — to his career in higher education.

“Lembo’s wide-reaching and varied career mirrors, in many ways, how GIS has developed as a field,” the feature said, adding that his “career has taken him from implementing large-scale, back end GIS projects to getting the technology to answer simple, public-facing questions to, now, preparing future generations to use the technology in innovative ways.”

Pope, Sessoms Sign Book Contracts

Dr. Alexander Pope, associate professor in the Secondary and Physical Education Department, recently signed a contract with Teachers College Press for the manuscript Opportunities and Challenges in Holocaust Education. The book focuses on the experiences of middle and high school teachers incorporating the Holocaust in their lessons, providing case studies on what educators face when they teach difficult topics such as genocide, complicity and remembrance.

Scheduled for co-publication with the National Writing Project in November, the book is co-edited by Pope and Dr. Jennifer Lemberg, associate director of U.S. programs for The Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights.

Dr. Diallo Sessoms, associate professor of instructional technology in the Early and Elementary Education Department, recently signed a contract with Myers Education Press for the manuscript Learning Through Making: Integrating Maker Education into Teacher Education, also scheduled for publication later this year. The book provides insight into the concept of “maker education” as it relates to learning theory, maker spaces in educational facilities, and the importance of hands-on active and discovery learning across the curriculum.

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