From the series Faculty Awards for Excellence 2021–2022

2021–2022 Frederick A. White Distinguished Professor of Service Award

Daniel Warshawsky

Daniel Warshawsky

Daniel Warshawsky, Ph.D., associate professor of geography, received the 2021–2022 Frederick A. White Distinguished Professor of Service Award for his hard work both within the university and in the community. He has worked to ensure that Wright State is in compliance with accreditation agencies and oversaw the redesign of the Master of Public Administration program.

As the director of the Master of Public Administration program, Warshawsky worked to redesign and reinvigorate the program, merging it with the Master of Applied Behavioral Science program. He also works to keep Wright State in compliance with the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration, an accrediting agency.

“Not just anyone can make the merge work,” said Linda Caron, Ph.D., the retired dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “It is due to Warshawsky’s calm, thoughtful and inclusive manner that he was able to bring people together to collaborate.”

Jacqueline Bergdahl, Ph.D., professor of sociology and director of the Applied Behavioral Science program, said that Warshawsky took initiative in merging the two programs by hosting meetings and drafting proposals to ensure faculty from both programs were aware of the changes.

“I greatly admired his manner of conducting the meeting and answering all questions calmly and thoroughly. I told him afterwards that I wished I could channel his diplomatic manner in meetings.” Bergdahl said. “I wish I had met Warshawsky earlier in my career at Wright State. He is an exemplar of faculty and worthy of praise and emulation. I have learned a lot working more closely with him. I hope others will take that opportunity in the future.”

Warshawsky’s colleagues also commend his research on hunger and food deserts. He serves on multiple boards and committees that focus on promoting food justice, including the Healthy People Committee and the Dayton-Montgomery County Food and Hunger Coalition.

Additionally, Warshawsky supervises the Geography Internship and the Geography and Urban Affairs Applied Research Project. He works to provide students with experiential learning and reflective learning opportunities through both courses.

He is a tireless promoter of the Geographic Information Science Certificate program, including growing the program beyond the School of Social Sciences and International Studies by collaborating with the Earth and Environmental Sciences program and the Public Health program.

“Warshawsky has given tireless service to Wright State and the Dayton community,” Caron said.

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