Distinguished Faculty Award for Research and Scholarship Presented to John H. Skarbnik
MADISON, N.J. (Sept. 24, 2010) — Fairleigh Dickinson University honored John H. Skarbnik, professor of taxation, with its Distinguished Faculty Award for Research and Scholarship at the University's annual Academic Convocation on Sept. 22.
"The good news for current and future lawyers, accountants and CPAs who must wrestle with our constantly changing and complex tax laws is that you are on the job, researching and explaining the issues for them," said University Provost Joseph Kiernan in presenting the award.
Skarbnik, who joined FDU in 1988, teaches classes on federal income and corporate taxes, tax accounting, estate and gift planning, and partnerships. From 1994 to 1996, he was director of Fairleigh Dickinson's M.S. in taxation program.
Skarbnik has written 15 book chapters and 30 articles and delivered dozens of presentations on the subject of taxation; he is especially known for his expertise in estates and trusts. He is the editor of Murphy's Will Clauses, a five-volume resource for estate-planning attorneys and accountants throughout the United States. Since December 2002, he has revised 14 chapters in the online and print reference — each chapter equivalent to a book of 200 pages or more.
"Your colleagues note with some awe that your current publishing output is even greater than when you started at Fairleigh Dickinson 22 years ago," Kiernan said at the award ceremony.
Skarbnik has academic degrees from Rutgers College (B.A., economics, 1976), Rutgers University School of Law (J.D. 1979); and New York University (LL.M., taxation, 1984). As an assistant professor of accounting at Rutgers-Newark, he was named Teacher of the Year by the Rutgers Accounting Society in 1985.
Skarbnik and his wife, Jane, live in West Orange, N.J. They have three children: Carly, an attorney; Amy, a recent college graduate who works in public relations in New York City; and Amanda, a junior at Rutgers University.
Skarbnik, a longtime resident, served as a West Orange councilman from 1996-2008 and was president of the West Orange Town Council.
Pictured above are President J. Michael Adams and John H. Skarbnik, professor of taxation.