Lycoming College presented its top three faculty awards during its annual Honors Convocation on Sunday, April 19. The awards are given on the basis of dedication and service to the college.
Howard Tran, Ph.D., associate professor and departmental chair of art who joined the Lycoming faculty in 2002, is the recipient of the 2015 Constance Cupp Plankenhorn Alumni Award for Faculty Excellence. Tran teaches sculpture, drawing, figure modeling and ceramics. He received his M.F.A. in sculpture from Boston University. Tran exhibits his sculpture, painting and mixed media work nationally.
Christopher Pearl, Ph.D., an assistant professor of history who joined the college’s faculty in August 2013, is the recipient of the 2015 Junior Faculty Teaching Award for excellence in teaching. Pearl teaches United States History to 1877, Latin American History, Salem Witch Trials, Colonial America and the American Revolution, Civil War and Reconstruction, Revel, Riot & Rebellion in Early America, Early American Law & Society, and Historical Methods. His research focuses on many interesting facets of early American political and legal culture. Pearl earned a bachelor’s from St. John Fisher College, a master’s from SUNY Brockport and his PhD from Binghamton University.
Glenda Eiswerth, supervisor of Café 1812, who has been working with the college since 1980, received the Makisu Award, which the student body presents to a faculty or staff member for extraordinary service and dedication. Eiswerth began working with the college immediately following high school graduation in 1980 and officially joined the college staff in 1994. She supervises Café 1812, a small café on campus that offers specialty coffee and food to the students.