DALLAS — Joseph A. Cipriani, Jr., Ed.D., O.T.R./L., professor of occupational therapy (OT) at Misericordia University, received the Pauly and Sidney Friedman Excellence in Service Award. The honor is given to a member of the faculty selected by the Faculty Awards Committee in recognition of their service to the university and greater community. It takes into consideration the depth, impact, degree and longevity of the service activities.
An OT faculty member since 1991, Cipriani served as department chair from 2000-2004. He most recently developed two service-learning courses, allowing Misericordia students to participate in professional service to vulnerable populations, including the homeless in northeastern Pennsylvania and severely disabled children in Jamaica. During two service-learning trips, students and faculty provided staff training and pro-bono services to Mustard Seed Communities, a group of homes for severely disabled children near Kingston, Jamaica.
The West Wyoming resident was commissioned by Gov. Thomas Wolf to be a member of the Community Service Advisory Board of PennSERVE, an initiative to promote community service across the state. A Mercy Associate, he also has chaperoned five spring break trips for students to City Mission in Schenectady, New York, a Christian service organization that ministers to the underserved in the community.
Cipriani holds an Ed.D. in higher education from Nova Southeastern University, Florida, a B.S. in occupational therapy from Misericordia University; an M.A. in community psychology from Wichita State University, Kansas, and a B.A. in psychology from Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre. He is a member of the editorial board for the journals Physical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics, and Occupational Therapy in Mental Health. He is also a reviewer for the Journal of Catholic Higher Education. He received the Alesi Excellence in Scholarship award in 2007.