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SRU Good News for April 30, 2010


SRU's Thomas Flynn earns ECA distinguished teaching honor

BALTIMORE, Md. - Thomas Flynn, professor and chair of the Slippery Rock University communication department, received the "Distinguished Teaching Fellowship Award" from the Eastern Communication Association at its 2010 convention at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore.

Flynn, a faculty member since 1995, is the 44th recipient of the award. 

The teaching fellows program recognizes a distinguished career of teaching excellence in the field of communication and is limited to colleagues who have active and continuous service to ECA. 

The award committee, chaired by Mary Kahl of SUNY-New Paltz, reviewed the recommendations and supporting materials, including student evaluations, peer reviews, teaching awards and citations, for a number of nominees.

In nominating Flynn, Susan Drucker of Hofstra University wrote, "Tom Flynn represents the paradigm of the ECA teaching fellow. . . He is an outstanding teacher committed to the communication profession and its professional associations.His teaching is balanced with professional service and continued scholarship. Effective teaching, mentoring, and outstanding service to the association- all suggest that he richly deserves the honor." 

Nate Collins, a 2007 SRU communication graduate from Hanover, Md., and Rachel Seeman Collins, a 2007 communication graduate, wrote, "Dr. Flynn is one of a few who notice the potential in students before the student themselves realize what talents they possess." Jaimie Wright, a 2009 communication graduate from Rocky Ridge, Md., added "I really enjoyed having Dr. Flynn as one of my professors in academia because he is a 'go-getter' and holds high expectations for his students." 

Sharon Ash, a communication major from Coraopolis, wrote, "He has a warm and inviting approach in the classroom that allows any student to participate and share their thoughts. His class was really fun and interactive."

The Eastern Communication Association was established in 1910 and is the oldest professional communication association in the United States. As a distinguished service-oriented organization with a history of achievement in research, criticism, communication theory, and excellence in teaching, the association has a membership of more than 900 members who share the goals and objectives of a membership dedicated to participation in state, regional, and national activity.


Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives. 


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