Year-End Awards Presented to Susquehanna University Faculty
Published on May 20, 2011
SELINSGROVE—Two Susquehanna University faculty members received academic awards for exemplary service to the institution at the school’s May 15 Commencement ceremony.
Olu Onafowora, professor of economics, was awarded the John C. Horn Lectureship for outstanding scholarship and conscientious service to the university. The award is named for a former long-time member and chair of Susquehanna’s board of trustees. As this year’s recipient, Onafowora will deliver a public lecture during the 2011–12 academic year.
Onafowora earned his master’s and doctorate degrees from West Virginia University and joined the Susquehanna University faculty in 1989. His research has focused on monetary policies, government spending, taxation, and the tourist trade in international contexts, particularly in Africa, Europe and the Caribbean. He teaches micro- and macroeconomics, as well as labor economics. In addition to his teaching and scholarly activities, he has served as a policy and economics consultant to Rutgers University’s Food Policy Institute and Center for Urban Policy Research, among other enterprises. Colleagues cited his outstanding record of scholarly production, exceptional service and teaching effectiveness in nominating him for the award.
“In terms of service, his contributions to his department, the Sigmund Weis School [of Business] and Susquehanna University are simply too numerous to list,” said University Provost Carl Moses in presenting the award to Onafowora.
Edward S. Slavishak, associate professor of history, was honored with the Susquehanna University Teaching Award. Slavishak earned doctorate and master’s degrees at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and joined the Susquehanna faculty in 2003. He teaches the history of the United States since the mid-19th century, and his current research considers 20th-century uses of photography and tourism in the Appalachian Mountains. Slavishak is also co-coordinator of Susquehanna’s Medical Humanities Initiative, which brings students, faculty and staff together to study medicine and the human body from non-medical perspectives. He is the author of “Bodies of Work: Civic Display and Labor in Industrial Pittsburgh.”
“Non-history majors say that he ‘altered their assumptions of what a history class is,’ surely one of the highest compliments a student can bestow on a required course, and one that reflects what we hope to achieve in a liberal arts setting,” Moses said.
Karen M. Jones