University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown

Pitt-Johnstown Recalls Popular Education Faculty Member Karen Cameron-Scanlon In Memoriam

Pitt-Johnstown Education Professor Karen Cameron-Scanlon passed away May 21, 2019. She was first hired at Pitt-Johnstown as an Assistant Professor in Elementary Education in September of 1996 and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in September of 2000. She retired with Emeritus status on December 31, 2008.

Dr. Donna  Kowalczyk, Education Division faculty member, said, “Karen Scanlon was a colleague of mine at Pitt-Johnstown for over 10 years. She was always friendly, patient, and supportive to the students while encouraging them to work hard to achieve their goals. Her positive attitude, commitment to the Education Division, and her genuine enjoyment of teaching will always be remembered.”

Cameron-Scanlon was named winner of the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators' Teacher Educator of the Year Award in 1999. The award is based on a number of criteria, including innovation, scholarship, contributions to the profession and dedication to students.

“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,” Nina R. Girard, Ed.D., Associate Professor of Mathematics Education, said. “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.”

"Karen Scanlon was the epitome of professionalism. I am forever grateful for her mentorship during my transition from high school teacher to college professor,” Mark Previte, Ed.D, Associate Professor of Secondary Education, said.

 Dr. Jem Spectar, President of Pitt-Johnstown, 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. The university sends condolences to all the family and friends of Dr. Scanlon.”

On behalf of the university community, we extend our deepest condolences to her family.

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