Dr. Francis Mulcahy,
associate professor of chemistry,
has received the 2013 Chairs’ Faculty Teaching Award for excellence in
“Students fondly consider him a very
accessible instructor who is always available after class for questions dealing
with homework or lab reports,” said Dr. Yong-Zhuo Chen, professor of physics
and chairman of the Division of Physical and Computational Sciences, who
Mulcahy was chosen for the award by
the chairmen and chairwomen of Pitt-Bradford’s five academic divisions.
In choosing an award recipient, the
chairpersons review letters of recommendation, student evaluations of teaching,
syllabi and grade distribution. They also consider the teachers’ knowledge of
subject matter and their advising and dedication in working with students
beyond the classroom in activities such as internships and research projects.
The award, which is now in its 12th
year, is open to any full-time faculty member who has taught at Pitt-Bradford
for at least three consecutive academic years.
Chen cited Mulcahy’s ability to
maintain high evaluations from students whether the class had eight upper-level
students or more than 60 students in an introductory lecture class.
Jake Loree ’11 said that Mulcahy
“has the ability to not only engage his students in a difficult subject, but
also to keep the subject of chemistry fun.”
Chen and alumni of the chemistry
program also praised Mulcahy’s work outside the classroom, advising chemistry
and pre-pharmacy majors, repairing lab equipment, supervising directed study and
internships, and growing the chemistry program as its director from fewer than
10 students in the major five or six years ago to as many as 30 today.
Mulcahy has taught at Pitt-Bradford
since 1989 and has served as director of the program since 1998. He teaches
general, analytical and environmental chemistry. He earned his doctorate in
chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh in 1989 and earned his bachelor of
science in chemistry at St. Vincent College. He and his wife, Dr. Mary Mulcahy,
associate professor of biology at Pitt-Bradford, live in Bradford with their
Past recipients of the Chairs’
Faculty Teaching Award are Dr. Tammy Haley, Isabelle Champlin, Dr. Hashim
Yousif, Dr. Jean Truman, Andrea Robbins, Dr. Helene Lawson, Dr. Joanne Burgert,
Dr. Nancy McCabe, Donald Lewicki, Dr. Donald Ulin and Dr. Lauren Yaich.