Westmoreland presents Teaching Excellence Award to Stephanie Turin

Date Published: January 04, 2018

Bishop Turin Teach AwardYOUNGWOOD, PA – Westmoreland County Community College students, faculty and administrators have presented the 2017-2018 Full-Time Faculty Teaching Excellence Award to Stephanie Turin, assistant professor of Human Services/Social Work.

Recipients of the award must show excellence in the classroom, instructional innovation, contributions to the community and leadership with the college. They are nominated by students and the winner is selected by a committee of their peers.

Dr. Kristy Bishop, vice president of academic affairs, presented Turin with the award.

“Her 25 years of professional experience in the field of social work brings real-world knowledge to the classroom,” Bishop said.

Turin has a master’s degree in Social Work/Administration from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Seton Hill University. She maintains social worker and clinical social worker licenses in Pennsylvania.

At Westmoreland, Turin is a member of numerous committees and started the Human Service/Social Work Club, which has participated in several community projects.

Turin is also a consultant for social services departments in a number of care facilities and helped to found a networking group, the Westmoreland Society for Social Workers. Turin serves on advisory boards for the Area Agency on Aging and Senior Life.

The student who nominated Turin for the award said, "It is very obvious that she genuinely cares about our education." The student went on to say, “She leads from behind and lets her students take charge. That is what creates powerful leadership and Ms. Turin deserves to be recognized for that.”

Bishop noted how Turin helped a student who had legal troubles in his past by encouraging him to complete research on the stereotyping of ex-offenders.

That student presented his research at a national competition. He has since graduated from Westmoreland and has transferred to Penn State.

“Stephanie’s proudest moment was when her student was recognized by [Westmoreland President Tuesday Stanley] at graduation as one of our outstanding graduates. It was rewarding for her to see her caterpillar turn into a butterfly and give him wings to go even further,” Bishop said.

Human Services/Social Work is the Program of the Month for January. Learn more here.