Patricia Zimmermann

Patricia Zimmermann

Professor, Media Arts, Sciences and Studies
Faculty, Culture and Communication
Faculty, Cinema and Photography
Faculty, Documentary Studies and Production

Ithaca College Honors Three Faculty Members For Outstanding Accomplishments

ITHACA, NY — Ithaca College has honored three members of the faculty for their outstanding accomplishments in service, teaching and scholarship. Professor of speech communication Laurie Arliss received the Excellence in Service Award; associate professor of cinema, photography, and media arts Elisabeth Nonas received the Excellence in Teaching Award; and professor of cinema, photography, and media arts Patricia Zimmermann received the Excellence in Scholarship award.

The three award winners will be recognized at the opening Convocation ceremony on Monday, Aug. 25. Candidates for the annual awards are nominated by members of the campus community and reviewed by the Faculty Development Committee along with the recipients of the excellence awards from the previous year. The college presents each honoree with $1,000 and released time from teaching courses.

Laurie Arliss has taught at Ithaca College since 1984 and was promoted to professor in 2000. She has played key decision-making roles at the department, school and college-wide levels throughout her career. Her involvement since 2006 demonstrates a remarkable level of leadership and commitment: She served on three critical college committees — Planning and Priorities, Enrollment Planning, and Middle States Steering — as well as the search committee for the provost and vice president for academic affairs. During her spring 2008 sabbatical leave, she chaired the search committee for the new dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences.

Elisabeth Nonas has taught at Ithaca College since 1996 and was promoted to associate professor in 2007. In addition to teaching the full curriculum in screenwriting and taking the lead on revisions to the program, she is now developing courses in the area of writing for video games and immersive media. She is a remarkably effective teacher as documented by student comment, peer observation, and review of materials. She also is a model for students as a productive writer of screenplays, fiction and nonfiction books, essays, short stories, and articles.

Patricia Zimmermann has taught at Ithaca College since 1981 and was promoted to professor in 1995. Her scholarly work explores film, video and digital media theory and history. She has published three books and three scholarly monographs, edited a series of five books, and written over 100 articles. Perhaps most important is the range of her influence, as she has been invited to lecture in 15 countries, presented at the Sundance Film Festival, collaborated with the Smithsonian Institution, and had work performed at the Museum of Modern Art. She has recently led the college’s Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival to new areas of exploration and acclaim.

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