Academic Affairs Office of the Provost
1201 S. State Street
Timme Center, CSS 310
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Richard Pisacreta, who joined the FSU faculty in 1980, was instrumental in developing the University's Psychology major, developing new courses to expand the curricular offerings and support the degree.
A visit to Dr. Pisacreta's classroom reveals his enthusiasm for his subject and an ability to connect with students. His open-door policy and reputation for effective teaching is evidenced by the number of students who return for additional courses.
Beyond the classroom, Dr. Pisacreta is widely published in Psychology literature and serves as a senior editor for Psychological Record. He received the Michigan Association of Governing Boards Award for Teaching Excellence in 1989.
Professor Noren teaches French and is very passionate about the need for university education to produce a globally conscious world citizen. He, therefore, conducts study abroad tours to Martinique and France. He has a special interest in oral traditions in Francophone countries and has created unique teaching modules based on this interest.
Noren was granted a sabbatical for the 2006-2007 academic year and traveled to Cameroon to pursue the elusive tricksters in the oral traditions of that African-Francophone country. He plans to create some instructional DVD's while in Cameroon about its culture, oral literature and history. One of his ambitions is to also research and develop a study-abroad program to Cameroon for FSU students and faculty.