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Goodwin Celebrates 2019 Faculty Awards

Goodwin faculty with awards
Award winners Maria Kleponis, Will Radichel and Anne Converse Willkomm along with Assistant Dean Tim Gilrain.

June 3, 2019

As the 2018-2019 academic year comes to a close, the Drexel University community recognizes the stellar faculty who go above and beyond in their academic, professional and civic work. Goodwin College of Professional Studies is proud to announce this year's honorees.

The Laura S. Campbell Award for Excellence in Teaching was presented to William H. Radichel, MS, an adjunct instructor in Goodwin's Degree Completion programs

Will Radichel earned his Bachelor of Science in Computing and Security Technology from the Drexel at BCC program while working as an IT specialist for Select Medical Corporation. Upon completion of his degree he obtained a job as an Instructional Technology Support Specialist for Goodwin College in 2010. He then pursued his Master of Science in Learning Technologies from the School of Education and graduated in 2013. Immediately following graduation Will was offered the chance to teach as an adjunct professor for Goodwin College and the College of Computing & Informatics. Before teaching for Drexel, Will was a trainer for NovaCare Rehabilitation and Franklin Covey.

The Samuel Mercer Jr. Teaching Award was given to  Anne Converse Willkomm is an Assistant Clinical Professor and the Department Head of Graduate Studies at Goodwin College at Drexel University. 

In her role, she re-envisioned the MS in Professional Studies program to provide students with important applied business skills. She further developed the program to also focus on the highly desired softer skills such as communication, writing, self-assessment, critical thinking and empathy. She also developed the MS in Nonprofit Management: Public, Professional & Social Sectors program—preparing students to grow and lead nonprofit organizations. Utilizing her knowledge and skills in both subject areas, she teaches Communication for Professionals, Program Evaluation, Writing for Nonprofits, and the Professional Studies Capstone courses. Prior to entering higher education, Anne worked in banking, and she has years of nonprofit experience as a board member, director of development and volunteer. She earned her BA in Psychology at Bowdoin College and her MFA in Creative Writing at Rosemont College.

The Stanley Gwiazda Professorship Award was presented to  Maria Kleponis, MA, an adjunct instructor in Goodwin's Degree Completion Programs.

Maria has worked for over 20 years in higher education, most of that time has been working with adult students. She has worked for Drexel University since 2008, currently as an adjunct instructor and consistently receives student course evaluation grades among the highest of all Goodwin College adjunct faculty. Maria holds a BS in Child Development & Family Relations and an MA in Adult & Community Education, both from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She lives in Phoenixville with her husband and two boys. Maria sings opera and is a vocalist for the Wayne Oratorio Society.