Faculty members in the College of Business & Aviation have been nominated and won several awards for their teaching ability and research expertise. We are especially proud of the following example of excellence.
Dr. Rebecca Giorcelli, recipient of the Harold and Roselyn Williamson Straight Award. Dr. Giorcelli, is Assistant Professor of Information Systems, is also a graduate faculty member. She earned her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from West Virginia University.
Prior to joining the faculty at Fairmont State in 2005, she gained more than 10 years of experience in research and development in the field. Positions held include Research Engineer within the Division of Safety Research at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (1995-2001) and Senior Scientist and Operations Branch Supervisor at the Institute for Scientific Research, Inc. (2001-2005).
Giorcelli was one of the first faculty members within the Fairmont State College of Business & Aviation to work through the Learning Technologies Center to design and teach online undergraduate courses. She was also instrumental in designing and delivering the Student Projects with Applications in Concept Engineering (SPACE) course, a multi-disciplinary course funded through NASA to expose students to science and technology concepts. As the Information Systems Program Coordinator, Giorcelli has taken the lead to review and revise the program curriculum to better align with industry needs and accreditation criteria.
Giorcelli has taught a number of different Information Systems courses, including many upper-level courses. She developed an online version of Information Systems 2235 and also teaches a Project Management course in the MBA program.
Giorcelli has been highly active in research since her arrival to FSU and has been awarded more than $525,000 in research grant funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium and the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission Title II program. She completed a Faculty Fellowship through NSF in the summer of 2006. She is currently the Principal Investigator for the NSF-funded Advancing Computing Curricula and Expanding Learning Experiences through Re-engineered and Accelerated Technology Education (ACCELERATE) project, a collaborative effort among the computing disciplines at FSU to revise the curricula for the 21st century. Giorcelliis a founding member of the Undergraduate Research Advisory Council (URAC) and has regularly participated as a research reviewer for the Undergraduate Research Program, the NASA Space Grant Scholars Program and the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Program.