Cianciola Awarded Educator of the Year

James Cianciola, assistant professor of communication, received top honors at the 21st annual Educator of the Year Banquet April 6.

Cianciola began teaching at Truman in 2005. He teaches Rhetorical Criticism, Persuasion Theory, Communication Ethics and Public Speaking.

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James Cianciola accepts the Educator of the Year plaque during the banquet April 6. Presenting the award is Hillary Shoun, Educator of the Year Chairman.

After receiving a bachelor’s degree in communication-journalism at St. John Fisher College (N.Y.), Cianciola went on to earn a master’s and Ph.D. in rhetoric at the State University of New York in Brockport and Duquesne University (Pa.) respectively.

Students nominate professors for Educator of the Year. Nominees then submit an essay and syllabus to the Educator of the Year committee, which selects the finalist.

In addition to Cianciola, this year’s finalist included: Paul Yoder, assistant professor of English education; Joe Benevento, professor of English; Eric Patterson, associate professor of Chemistry; and  Jeanne Mitchel, instructor in biology.

Students from Student Government, the Pershing Society and Phi Kappa Phi serve on the Educator of the Year Committee.

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