Penn State Shenango recently announced that Poland resident Roy John, a part-time instructor in information, sciences and technology, received the 2012 Margaret Cunningham Foley Memorial Teaching Award. The award recognizes outstanding part-time faculty at the campus and was established in 1998. Margaret Foley was an English instructor at Penn State Shenango from 1967 to 1994. She passed away in 2000.
Although spring 2012 was John's first semester teaching at Penn State Shenango, his teaching style and dedication to his class awarded him this honor.
John is currently a part-time instructor at Youngstown State University in its Computer Science and Information Technology department. He retired from YSU as a software specialist after 32 years of service. John was also a former Regional Cisco Networking Academy instructor.
Comments written about John include "The class is designed to apply the theories learned throughout the degree and apply them in a practical situation Due to his class design, I feel better prepared..." Another student said that this experience enabled him to get experience doing the type of work he will be doing after graduation. He wrote, "This process helped each of us understand exactly what and how communication is achieved on a computer network." A third student praised John's attitude as well as his ability to explain computer operations that the students were not familiar with, which allowed them to pull together a number of book concepts and put them into practice.
John has a bachelor's degree is in applied science, electrical engineering technology and a master's degree in computing and information systems, both from Youngstown State University. He is an active member of the Phi Kappa Phi-Collegiate Honor Society at YSU and a committee member of the Struthers Boy Scout Troup 101.
He and his wife Irene reside in Poland with their two children.