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LIU Announces 2013 David Newton Awards for Teaching Excellence

Four outstanding LIU Brooklyn faculty members are recognized


Alka Gupta,Assistant Director of Public Relations
LIU Brooklyn,
Long Island University

Brooklyn, N.Y. – Four LIU Brooklyn professors are among this year's recipients of Long Island University's most prestigious faculty awards, the David Newton Awards for Excellence in Teaching.

The David Newton Awards will be given to LIU Brooklyn's Michael Bennett, professor of English; Michael J.K. Bokor, assistant professor of English; Rutesh H. Dave, assistant professor in the Division of Pharmaceutical Sciences at LIU Pharmacy; and Elliott P. Schuman, professor of Psychology.

"I believe in teaching students how to relate the theoretical knowledge gained in class to real life scenarios," said Dr. Dave. "This award is a reflection of our students' support, which further motivates us to teach better every day."

"I'm so honored," said Professor Bokor. "It's overwhelming and motivational and heartwarming."

The David Newton Awards for Excellence in Teaching - named for a former executive vice president of Long Island University - were first awarded in 1988. The recipients will be honored at a ceremony at LIU Post's Hillwood Commons Lecture Hall on Friday, April 26, at 2 p.m. The Newton Award winners will participate in a panel discussion on "The Courage to Teach."

Newton Award Winners:

Dr. Bennett's specialties include African-American studies, American literature and urban ecological criticism. He is the co-editor of Recovering the Black Female Body: Self-Representations by African American Women and The Nature of Cities: Ecocriticism and Urban Environments. He has written Democratic Discourses: The Radical Abolition Movement and Antebellum Literature.

Dr. Bokor is an expert on technical and professional communication, rhetoric and composition, and linguistics. His publications include "Connecting with the 'Other' in Technical Communication: World Englishes and Ethos Transformation of U.S. Native English-Speaking Students" in Technical Communication Quarterly, and "Moving International Technical Communication Forward: A World Englishes Approach" in the Journal of Technical Writing and Communication. The latter was nominated for the Conference on College Composition and Communication Awards in 2012.

Dr. Dave teaches in the professional and graduate level programs at LIU Pharmacy and also maintains an active research laboratory. His research interests include pre-formulation, formulation, powder technology and novel drug-delivery systems. He has published several scientific posters and papers in his field of research and plays an active role in various pharmaceutical organizations. Currently he has six M.S. and eight Ph.D. students working under his supervision in his lab, which he fondly calls the "Technology Development Center."

Dr. Schuman is a licensed psychologist, licensed psychoanalyst, a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology, and a Supervisor of Mediators of the American Association of Family Counselors and Mediators. He has served as arbitrator or mediator for various organizations, including the National Association of Securities Dealers and the New York Stock Exchange. He is a supervisor in the Department of Psychiatry of the Mount Sinai Hospital and School of Medicine. His specialties include arbitration, Freud, mediation, mental health and ethics, psychotherapy and schizophrenia.


LIU Brooklyn is distinguished by...
dynamic curricula reflecting the great urban community it serves. Distinctive programs encompass the arts and media, the natural sciences, business, social policy, urban education, the health professions and pharmacy, and include the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, the Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics, the D.P.T. in Physical Therapy and the Pharm.D. in Pharmacy. A vibrant urban oasis in downtown Brooklyn, this diverse and thriving campus offers academic excellence, personalized attention, small class size and flexible course schedules. In 2006, a $45-million Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center was opened to serve the Campus and the surrounding community. In 2007, the Cyber Café was launched, providing a high-tech hot spot for students and faculty members to meet and eat.

Posted 04/17/2013

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