Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching Presented to Richard Panicucci
Teaneck, NJ (October 4, 2004) — Fairleigh Dickinson University honored Richard Panicucci, professor of quantitative analysis, with the Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching at a University-wide convocation on September 29.
“One measure of your success has been the honors granted,” said Campus Provost Joseph Kiernan in presenting the award. “You have been named the Teaneck-Hackensack Professor of the Year, you were the first recipient of the FDU Alumni Outstanding Teacher Award and you were selected for the Silberman College of Business’ first Anthony P. Ambrosio Award for Excellence in Teaching.”
Panicucci earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Fairleigh Dickinson. He joined the faculty in 1966 and developed a new course, Quantitative Managerial Techniques, focused on the then-emerging field of operations research.
After more than 35 years of teaching, the most rewarding praise comes from his students, who call him “a hero,” and “one of a kind.” One student advised, “Next time you hear anyone complaining about high tuition, tell them to enroll in one of Professor Panicucci’s courses. I promise they will get their money’s worth and more!”
In addition to his skillful and thoughtful delivery of challenging material, he has been an outstanding mentor —supporting and encouraging his students both in and out of the classroom. Richard Panicucci has involved himself in recruiting and retaining students — he cheers them on the playing field, serves them Midnight Breakfast during test week, and shares his culinary talents — especially the famous Panicucci Pasta.
Provost Kiernan said, “You are known far and wide for an infectious enthusiasm and a steadfast commitment to creating a rewarding collegiate experience. Your students, you have said, are your treasures. For epitomizing the essence of a true educator, Fairleigh Dickinson University salutes you with the Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching.”