Director of Weekend OT program receives Excellence in Teaching Award
Dr. Bartolacci accepts her award at Commencement.
Misericordia University recently honored three faculty members for excellence in scholarship, teaching and service to the campus and community during the 84th annual commencement ceremony at the Anderson Sports and Health Center on May 23.

Gwen M. Bartolacci, O.T.D., O.T.R./L. associate professor of occupational therapy and director of the weekend program, was presented the Judge Max and Tillie Rosenn Excellence in Teaching Award. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to student learning and development. The award is given annually to an outstanding faculty member elected by a vote of the students.

Dr. Bartolacci, of Dallas, Pa., has been a member of the faculty since 1997. She received her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of North Dakota and her master’s degree in education from Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Bartolacci earned her doctorate in occupational therapy from Nova Southeastern University.

She has served as faculty chair and reader for numerous occupational therapy projects, including the most recent one, “Student Perspectives on the Advantages and Disadvantages of Occupational Therapy Post Professional Distance Education Programs.’’ Dr. Bartolacci has developed numerous courses and syllabi for courses for the occupational therapy department.

Dr. Bartolacci is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association, the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association and has served on numerous committees.

Misericordia also recognized Stevan L. Davies, Ph.D., professor of religious studies; and Allan W. Austin, Ph.D., associate professor of history, by presenting them the Louis and Barbara Alesi Excellence in Scholarship Award and the Pauly and Sidney Friedman Excellence in Service Award, respectively.

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Dr. Gwen M. Bartolacci receives the Judge Max and Tillie Rosenn Excellence in Teaching Award from Dr. Mari King, vice president of academic affairs at Misericordia University, at the 84th annual commencement ceremony.