Dr. Phillip Belfiore has been named vice president of academic affairs at Mercyhurst College, a role he has filled on an interim basis since the retirement of Dr. Barbara Behan last spring.
Concurrent to his appointment as VPAA, Belfiore retains his position as Dean of Graduate Studies and Director of the Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Certificate Program. Prior to his appointment as VPAA, he had served as director of the Graduate Program in Special Education from 1995 to 2008. Belfiore began teaching at Mercyhurst in 1995, and is now a tenured full professor in the Hafenmaier School of Education and Behavioral Sciences.
College President Dr. Thomas J. Gamble said, "I feel that Phil Belfiore has distinguished himself in the difficult role of vice president of academic affairs. The individual in this crucial role must be able to work effectively with both administrators and with faculty. I feel the mutual respect between the faculty and the Office of Academic Affairs has grown and that we have made excellent progress under Phil's leadership."
He added, "Importantly, Phil is a fine teacher and scholar who values and respects those qualities in others. I am pleased that he has agreed to stay in the role."
Belfiore received his bachelor of science degree in special education at Duquesne University, a master of education degree in special education from Kent State University, and his doctorate in special education from Lehigh University. Belfiore has served as principal author and co-author of more than 50 scholarly research articles, published in peer-reviewed journals in the fields of applied behavior analysis, urban education, and special education. He has also authored numerous book chapters, and presents regularly at national and international conferences. He has served as editor for the Journal of Behavioral Education (2000-2006), and continues to serve on the editorial boards of scholarly journals within the fields of behavioral education and special education.
Belfiore has won numerous awards for teaching and scholarship, including the Teaching Excellence Award from Mercyhurst College, the Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award from Purdue University, and the Outstanding Contributions to the Discipline Award from Lehigh University.