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For Immediate Release: April 12, 2013

Education Professor Receives Prestigious Faculty Award at Providence College

susans.jpgProvidence, R.I. – Dr. Susan F. Skawinski, a resident of Marion, Mass., was recently named the recipient of the 2012-2013 Joseph R. Accinno Teaching Award at Providence College. She is an associate professor of education in the College’s department of elementary/special education. The award is the College’s highest teaching honor and is named in honor of the deceased brother of the late John J. Accinno, C.P.A. ’46 & ’93Hon., a former College trustee and benefactor, who died in January 2012.

Teaching at PC since 1995, Skawinski teaches undergraduate courses in literacy education and assessment, as well as courses in literacy and research in the Graduate Literacy Program. In addition, this semester she is supervising student teachers. 

Skawinski received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Bridgewater State College in 1974, graduating with a certification as an elementary teacher and a reading specialist. In 1982, she received her master’s degree in reading education at the University of Rhode Island, with a concentration in adult education as well as literacy development. She received her doctorate in developmental studies in reading and language at Boston University in 1994. 

The Joseph R. Accinno Faculty Teaching Award is presented annually to the faculty member who best exhibits excellence in teaching, passion and enthusiasm for learning, and genuine concern for students' academic and personal growth. The award program is administered by the Center for Teaching Excellence and the Teaching Award Selection Committee (TASC). The recipient receives a cash stipend, is formally acknowledged at the College's Academic Convocation in September, and has his or her name inscribed on a plaque that is permanently displayed in Phillips Memorial Library.


Chrissy Centazzo
Public Affairs and Community Relations Coordinator
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