It may seem biased to admit, but any listing of the best
professors in Pittsburgh should be incomplete without someone from
Carlow University being included.
But even we were surprised when the September issue of Pittsburgh Magazine
featured an article on the best professors and
classes in the region and five of the 15 professors mentioned by
name were from Carlow.
Mary Burke, PhD
, associate professor and chair of the doctoral
program in counseling psychology (PsyD), Allyson Lowe, PhD
dean of the College of Leadership and Social Change, and chair and
associate professor in political science, and Dale Huffman, MFA
chair and professor of art, were all mentioned in the "Best
The September 2014 issue of Pittsburgh Magazine featured an article
on the best professors and classes in the region — five of the 15 professors mentioned were from Carlow University.
(Images above courtesy of Pittsburgh Magazine)
Michael Balmert, PhD
, professor of communication, and Jessica Friedrichs, MSW, MPA
, an assistant professor in social work,
coordinator of service learning, and co-director of the Honors
Program, were featured in the "Best Classes" article for the honors
class on Human Dignity that they team taught.
"On behalf of the entire University community, I want to
commend Mary, Allyson, Dale, Michael, and Jessica for their
continuous attention to excellence in teaching and their focus on
out students," said Suzanne K. Mellon, PhD
, president of Carlow
University. "As faculty, that is the reason students come — and stay — here. All of our faculty make Carlow stand
Aside from being included on the publication's list, Burke,
Lowe, and Huffman have something else in common that may have
influenced their selection: they each are active outside the
Burke is the founder of a non-profit organization, the Project to End Human Trafficking
, as well as the Western Pennsylvania
Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition, and admits that her experiences
with those organizations helps to shape her work teaching
psychology to graduate students at Carlow.
Lowe, who created the pre-law program at Carlow, also runs a
summer workshop, titled Pre-Law and Order
, for high school and
college-age women who are considering legal careers.
"I'm looking for ways to help students find a voice for
themselves," Lowe told Pittsburgh Magazine.
For more than a decade, Huffman, an internationally renowned
potter in his own right, has hosted students and local potters in
the clay studio at Carlow for a pottery marathon, called "Bowls in the Night
," where all the bowls made that evening go to the Greater
Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and Just Harvest's annual Empty
The Human Dignity honors
course, where students studied issues
like capital punishment, euthanasia, and ethical behavior in health
care (among other topics) to derive a better understanding of
"human dignity," was well-received by students and teachers.
"Team teaching, working, and writing with Jessica is
fabulous," said Balmert. "That class in Human Dignity was easily
one of the best — among many fabulous experiences I have had at
Friedrichs echoes that sentiment.
"I feel fortunate to be at Carlow where we are encouraged to
be creative and to follow our passion for teaching," she said.
"Michael is an excellent mentor and we are lucky to have him here — as well as everyone featured in the article."
Faculty excellence doesn't stop with the professors mentioned
in the magazine either, as several members of the list were quick
to point out.
"To be associated with such a phenomenal group of gifted
faculty…both on this list and the many others not specifically
named in this publication that easily could have been…is indeed an
honor," said Balmert. "Working side-by-side with such
talented, dedicated, and passionate individuals is why I believe so
deeply in Carlow and what we do here. It is a