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Faculty Affairs Newsletter

Volume 3 • Issue 1 • Sep. 2018

Faculty Spotlight

Omar Martinez, assistant professor in the School of Social Work, conceptualized a new research study at Temple University that is providing data on the factors that contribute to Latino men being so disproportionately impacted by the HIV epidemic. The study is the only one of its kind that focuses on a wide range of dyadic and long-term sexual relationships.

Omar Martinez and Miguel Muñoz-Laboy, assistant and associate professors in the School of Social Work, respectively, are both principal investigators on the first federally funded study of Medical Legal Partnerships.

Associate Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education, Doug Lombardi, has earned the prestigious Early Career Research Award from the National Association for Research in Science Teaching. Dr. Lombardi joins a group of people who have been identified as prolific contributors to their field within the first five years of receiving their doctorate.

Dr. Liang Du, assistant professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been selected for a prestigious Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). He is one of 37 faculty chosen nationally for the award, and was recognized for his outstanding research on developing sustainable and affordable methods to integrate electric vehicles into the power grid.

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Did You Know?

In 2008, Temple University signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), a highly visible pledge to accelerate the development of educational and research efforts aimed at stabilizing the Earth's climate. In 2016, Temple reaffirmed its commitment by signing the Climate Leadership Statement, a new comprehensive climate commitment that incorporates carbon neutrality and resiliency as complementary strategies for addressing climate change.

The Office of Sustainability has a number of goals relating to research and curriculum that are of interest to faculty, including:

  • Increase the number of undergraduate/graduate sustainability courses by ten (10) courses from an October 2017 baseline by June 2022.
  • Increase the number of departments with sustainability course offerings by two (2) departments from an October 2017 baseline by June 2022.
  • Partner with the Center for the Advancement of Teaching (CAT) to create professional development opportunities for faculty that promote interdisciplinary, inter-college sustainability curricula and teaching methods for undergraduate and graduate degree programs, to be offered by spring 2020.

In 2018, two new interdisciplinary master degrees were approved by the board of trustees:

  • Master of Science in Architectural Design with Optional Concentrations in Advanced Technologies, Health and the Environment, and Urban Ecologies
  • Master of Science in Facilities Planning with Optional Concentrations in Art Facilities and Health Facilities.
University Faculty Awards


Temple University is pleased to announce the creation of the Part-Time Faculty Excellence in Teaching and Instruction Awards, to be presented annually beginning this academic year. These awards will celebrate talented and dedicated part-time faculty who enrich our students' lives in the classroom, in the research laboratory or in the clinical setting through exemplary pedagogy and mentorship.

Upcoming Events

Sara Goldrick-Rab on Access and Opportunity in Higher Education
Tuesday, September 11 at 6:00 p.m.

Temple University Professor of Higher Education Policy and Sociology, Sara Goldrick-Rab, will discuss affordability in higher education.  She was recently awarded a Carnegie Fellowship and has been described by the Chronicle of Higher Education as “a defender of impoverished students and a scholar of their struggles.”

Joyce Lindorff Presents Music by François Couperin
Wednesday, September 26 at 12:00 p.m.

Usher in the new school year with a 350th birthday celebration for François Couperin! Early keyboard professor, scholar, and harpsichord artist Joyce Lindorff will lead us in a birthday celebration with beautiful music by this eminent composer. Birthday cake will be provided.

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