Six outstanding faculty recognized
Six members of the University of Delaware have been awarded emeritus status in recognition of their distinguished service.
Ivo Domínguez joined the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures in 1970. He has published two books, Tres novellas moriscas and El Derecho como recurso literario en las "Novelas ejemplares" de Cervantes, several articles in journals in the United States, Spain, England and Central and South America and presented papers at more than 50 national and international meetings.
An associate professor, Domínguez was director and founder of the first UD overseas study programs in Costa Rica, Madrid and Granada in Spain and Mérida, Mexico, and he established La Casa Española on campus.
Among his honors, are the University's excellence-in-teaching award in 1998 and awards from the former Division of Continuing Education Excellence in Teaching adult students in 1993, 1995 and 1996. Active in community affairs, he was named Delaware Hispanic Man of the Year in 1998.
Domínguez is a graduate of Instituto de Santiago, with a law degree from the University of Oriente, and he practiced law in Cuba from 1956-60. He then received his bachelor's degree in Spanish literature from the University of South Florida and his master's and doctoral degrees from Florida State University.
Jayne Fernsler, professor and an oncology certified nurse, joined the UD nursing faculty in 1974, teaching medical-surgical nursing, later developing a specialty option in oncology nursing, which was expanded to include immune deficiency nursing.
She is a member of several professional organizations, including the Delaware chapter of Oncology Nursing Society, of which she is a charter member. She serves on the board of directors of the Delaware Pain Initiative and is on its Long-Term Care Project team.
She also has been a site visitor for applications for American Cancer Society professorships in oncology nursing at schools throughout the United States. A volunteer for the American Cancer Society at the local, state and national levels, she is first vice president of the Mid-Atlantic Division.
Fernsler serves on the editorial board of Seminars in Oncology Nursing and the Journal of Nursing Education.
Among her honors are the American Cancer Society National Divisional Award and the American Cancer Society Ruby Lifesaver Award for Public Education.
Fernsler received her diploma from the Reading Hospital of Nursing, her B.S.N. degree from the University of Pennsylvania, her master's degree from the University of Delaware, a post-master's certificate in oncology nursing education and her doctorate, both from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Nancy King joined the UD faculty in speech and theatre in 1968 and became a professor in the Honors Program in 1984. She taught courses in theatre, myths and storytelling and served as a consultant and program planner in drama for various organizations. She has given hundreds of workshops and guest seminars in the United States, Sweden, Hungary, Norway and Canada and has made several presentations at professional meetings.
King is the author of several books, including Playing Their Part: Language and Learning; Theatre Movement: The Actor and His Space; A Movement Approach to Acting, Giving Form to Feeling; and Storymaking and Drama, which received the Distinguished Book Award of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education. King also has written several plays, which have been performed regionally, and has directed and choreographed several other productions. In 1984, she was playwright-in-residence for the Inner London Education Authority.
Among her honors are the Delaware Secretary of Education Merit Award in 1998 and the American Theatre Association Region II Merit Award.
A graduate of the State University of New York at Cortland, King has a master's degree in theatre from UD and her doctorate from the Union Institute.
Robert Kraft, professor of health and exercise sciences, joined the UD faculty in 1975. His areas of expertise are elementary physical education, motor development and baseball.
Among his honors are the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) Eastern District Merit Award and its Delaware award. He has served as the organization's historian and archivist and as editor of The Easterner and the DAHPERD Newsletter. He also was editor of the NASPE News, a publication of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education.
He has made several presentations and published extensively in his field, including contributions to NINE: Journal of Baseball History and Social Policy Perspective and articles on physical education for children. He served on the boards of reviewers for the Journal of Physical Education and Strategies.
A graduate of Trenton State College, Kraft received his master's degree from Pennsylvania State University and his doctorate from Syracuse University.
Ann McNeil, health and exercise sciences, began her career at UD as a teaching assistant in 1980 while working toward her master's degree, after serving as girls' athletic director at Tatnall School and as athletics director at Sanford School.
In 2000, she was certified as a National Association of Sports and Physical Education physical best instructor.
At UD, she served as director of health and physical education teacher education, on the University Council for Teacher Education and was an active participant in the Institute on Transforming Undergraduate Education. She also received the Center for Teaching Effectiveness award of appreciation for outstanding service.
McNeil was president of the Delaware Association of Physical Education, Health, Recreation and Dance and on the board of the Eastern Association for Physical Education and Sports for Girls and Women, also serving as assistant editor of its national newsletter.
A graduate of West Chester University, she received master's and doctoral degrees from UD.
John J. Pikulski joined the UD faculty in the then-College of Education in 1969 and chaired the Department of Educational Development from 1980-82 and was director of the Reading Center there. He also served as president of the Faculty Senate.
During his career, he has served as a reading and psychological consultant to numerous school districts, publishers, research and governmental agencies in the U.S. and Canada. A leader in the International Reading Association, which has 95,000 members, he served on its board of directors and as president in 1997-98 and also received its international award as Outstanding Teacher Educator in Reading.
He has written several books and was the senior author of editions of Houghton Mifflin Reading Programs. Among his awards are the Delaware Board of Education's Award for Excellence, the distinguished teacher educator award from the Diamond State Reading Association, the Farley Distinguished Alumnus Award from Wilkes University, where he received his bachelor's degree, and the outstanding alumnus award from Temple University where he received master's and doctoral degrees.