Karen Cameron Scanlon remembered at UPJ

Karen Cameron Scanlon, a former education professor at Pitt–Johnstown, passed away May 21, 2019.

Scanlon was first hired in 1996 at Pitt-Johnstown as an assistant professor in Elementary Education and was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2000. She retired with emeritus status on Dec. 31, 2008.

“Karen Scanlon … was always friendly, patient and supportive to the students while encouraging them to work hard to achieve their goals,” said Donna Kowalczyk, Education Division faculty member who worked with Scanlon for more than 10 years. “Her positive attitude, commitment to the Education Division, and her genuine enjoyment of teaching will always be remembered.”

Scanlon was named winner of the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators’ Teacher Educator of the Year Award in 1999.

“Dr. Scanlon genuinely cared about her students, not just their intellectual and professional growth, but also their emotional well-being. Preparing our teacher candidates to become effective in the classroom was very important to her,” said Nina R. Girard, associate professor of Mathematics Education. “Likewise, Karen cared about her colleagues. She always made time to talk, no matter how busy she was at the moment. She was an exceptional administrator as Education Division chair for several years.”

Pitt–Johnstown President Jem Spectar said, “Dr. Scanlon was a consummate teacher, a warm, thoughtful and caring person whose life’s work transformed countless people and made our world a better place.”

Donations may be made in memoriam to Catholic Charities of Fredericksburg, 1101 Stafford Avenue, Fredericksburg, VA 22401.

— From the Pitt–Johnstown website