Notre Dame College Names 2019 Professorial Award Winners

Notre Dame College has bestowed its annual professorial awards for 2019 to a full-time faculty member in its Division of Business and a part-time instructor in sports and social science.

Pamela Phillips, M.B.A., assistant professor of finance, has been named Notre Dame’s Distinguished Faculty Award winner for 2019, and Brando Tupaz, M.A., an adjunct instructor in psychology, received the Outstanding Teaching Award. Both were recognized during the College’s annual Honors Convocation.

About the Distinguished Faculty Member

Phillips joined the college in 2015 as a visiting instructor of business. She teaches courses in corporate finance; comparative economic systems; investments; macroeconomics; economic history; and money, banking and financial global markets, among others.

She also works one-on-one with students in the Notre Dame Honors Scholar program, providing the scholars with projects beyond traditional course curricula and consulting with them outside of regular class times.

In addition, she is the faculty advisor for the Falcon Futures Investment student organization and an assistant coach with the Notre Dame men’s basketball team

Phillips serves as a member of the Faculty Affairs Development Committee and as the Division of Business assessment coordinator.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Cleveland State University and her Master of Business Administration from Ashford University. She is pursuing doctoral studies.

About the Outstanding Teacher

Tupaz teaches general psychology, sports psychology and behavioral science statistics and research methods courses at the College.

He began his career in mental health counseling in the early 1990s and works in private clinical practice. His clients include children, adolescents and adults experiencing a variety of mental health conditions. He treats dysfunctional family dynamics and provides couples counseling and parent coaching. He also serves as a mental health consultant for various school districts.

Tupaz earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Ohio State University, a master’s degree in counseling and human services from John Carroll University and pursued doctoral level studies in counselor education at the University of Akron.

About Honors Convocation

Each year Notre Dame honors one of its full-time faculty members with the Distinguished Faculty Award, which recognizes and encourages excellence in scholarship, teaching and community service. The Outstanding Teaching Award recognizes and rewards excellence in teaching by a part-time faculty member or online instructor. The College’s Faculty Affairs Development Committee determines recipients of both awards.

The honors are bestowed each year at Notre Dame’s Honors Convocation, during which College faculty present more than 30 scholarships and endowed awards to students in the College’s five academic divisions. During the ceremony, students also are recognized for their induction into various national honor societies.

April 2019


About Notre Dame College

For almost a century, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.

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