Psychology Professor Earns Educator of the Year Award

Friday, December 5, 2008

Dr. Alan Gittis, Westminster College professor and chair of the Department of Psychology, was selected Educator of the Year by the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN).

The honor was given in recognition of his efforts to foster cooperative activities between FUN and the Society for Neuroscience, the international scientific society for the interdisciplinary field of neuroscience.

Gittis is a past president of FUN and contributed the lead article to the organization's first online Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education in 2002. He was instrumental in designing many of the organization's programs at the annual meetings of the Society for Neuroscience, including the introduction of an undergraduate research poster session. Most recently, he obtained a travel award for undergraduate students funded by the Society for Neuroscience.

Gittis currently serves on a FUN steering committee that oversees chapters of Nu Rho Psi, the undergraduate honor society in neuroscience, and as FUN's representative on the Society's Public Education and Communication Committee.

Gittis, who has been with Westminster since 1976, earned an undergraduate degree from Temple University and a master's and Ph.D. from Ohio State University.

Contact Gittis at (724) 946-7358 or e-mail for more information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College is ranked 15th among liberal arts colleges, according to the Washington Monthly 2007 Annual College Guide. Westminster is a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Guide to America's Best Colleges, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 368 Colleges" and "Best in the Northeast" by The Princeton Review, and was recognized by the Templeton Guide as a "Character Building College."

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus.

Dr. Alan Gittis