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Distinguished Faculty Awards

Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year awards are given to faculty members in each School who are nominated by students, staff and faculty for outstanding accomplishments. The recipients exemplify the finest qualities of the Excelsior College faculty and are representative of the extraordinary and truly distinguished service they provide to students and the College.


Barbara B. Pieper, PhD, RN

School of Health Sciences

Barbara B. Pieper has been affiliated with Excelsior College for over 28 years. As a founding faculty member of the School of Health Sciences, she was nominated for this award for her instrumental role in the development of the Bachelor of Science and the Bachelor in Health Care Management degree programs. She has also served as project manager for the Emerson Foundation grant to design and implement a series of media-rich continuing education modules for a consortium of nursing homes and hospitals in Central New York. She earned a BS in Nursing/Science from State University of New York at Albany, an MN in Community Health Teaching from the University of Kansas, a PhD in Nursing Theory from Adelphi University, and a post doctoral certificate from Harvard Medical School in Palliative Care Education and Practice.

Larry Purnell, PhD, RN, FAAN

School of Nursing

Larry Purnell has more than 45 years of professional clinical experience and administrative/teaching positions, has written/edited 14 textbooks, over 150 articles, and 50 book chapters. He has presented throughout the United States and in 16 countries abroad. Dr. Purnell is also the U.S. representative to the European Union Commission on Intercultural Communication. Currently, he serves on the Nursing Graduate Education Committee, the Nursing Faculty Council, and the Faculty Development and Support Steering Committee. His nomination noted that he "far exceeds any professor I ever had," and that "he is passionate to his career, his class, and his students." Purnell has an Associate Degree in Nursing from Cuyahoga Community College, a BSN from Kent