FDU Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching Presented to Daniel F. Twomey

TEANECK, N.J. (Sept. 24, 2009) — Fairleigh Dickinson University honored Daniel F. Twomey, professor of management, with its Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching at the University’s annual Academic Convocation on Sept. 23.


“Your incomparable influence as a professor has opened new doors of opportunities for countless students,” said Kenneth Greene, provost of FDU’s College at Florham, in presenting the award.


Twomey, who joined FDU in 1988, led the development of the University’s post-graduate MBA certificate in human resource management and the redesign of its Executive MBA program. He also earned an educational grant to globalize FDU’s undergraduate curriculum. Among the courses he developed and teaches are International Business Seminar, Achieving Breakthrough Results, and Field Study of Business, Culture, and Global Sustainability, which includes a trip to Costa Rica. The Field Study course was inspired by Twomey’s 1961 odyssey to South America, when a planned three-day ocean crossing from Panama to Colombia included being stranded for two weeks in the Darien jungle.


Twomey and his wife, Rose, an FDU professor of business law, have been like family members to many FDU students, Greene noted. The Twomeys sometimes invite students to their New Jersey home and their bucolic homestead in upstate New York, where Daniel Twomey regales them with stories of growing up in the area on a dairy farm.


Greene noted that one student described Twomey as “an incredible presenter of ideas, inspirational and insightful.” Others said: “He challenged all of us to become more than we were,” and “He was personally invested in each of us.”


Twomey co-founded and directed for 16 years FDU’s Center for Human Resource Management Studies. A national leader in partnering with business, CHRMS developed groundbreaking efforts such as the Executive Scholars Program, and its faculty members gained a major National Science Foundation grant to study stress and aggression in the workplace. Later, he co-founded the Institute for Sustainable Enterprise and now serves as its director of international partnerships.


A former business executive and experienced management consultant, Twomey has been a visiting professor in Ireland, England and New Zealand, and his research has appeared in the International Journal of Commerce and Management and the Journal of Organizational Behavior, among other publications.


Twomey has academic degrees from SUNY Cobleskill (AAS, 1960), University at Albany-SUNY (B.S., 1963, and M.S., 1964) and Kent State University (DBA, 1974). He spent two years in the U.S. Army before entering SUNY Cobleskill.


Twomey is a resident of Madison, N.J., and Worcester, N.Y.

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