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Three Faculty Members Named Professor Emeritus

Three long-serving National University faculty members were honored with the title of Professor Emeritus at commencement ceremonies in San Diego on May 14. They are as follows:

Donald Schwartz, J.D., a professor in the School of Business and Management’s department of accounting and finance.

John Carta-Falsa, Ph.D., a professor in the School of Education’s department of teacher education

Clifford Russell, Ed.D., a professor in the School of Education’s department of teacher education.

 Collectively, Professors Schwartz, Carta-Falsa and Russell teamed up to teach for close to 75 years. Together, they helped to educate thousands of students and elevate the academic quality of curricula in numerous ways.

 Professor Schwartz joined National University as an adjunct faculty member in 1979, and was brought on full-time ten years later. He eventually became lead faculty of the Bachelor of Science in Accounting program, then chair of the accounting department.  During his tenure, he said that many former students would approach him and thank him for a great education.

 Professor Carta-Falsa joined National University in 1988 as faculty member in the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program and went on to become Chair of the Psychology Department in what is today the College of Letters and Sciences. Ten years ago he helped to found the Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Development program, which has since become one of the most popular degree programs in the School of Education.

 Professor Russell joined National University in 1992 as a faculty member in the Department of Teacher Education in the School of Education (SOE).  He went on to serve multiple terms as Chair of the Teacher Education Department, and also served as Associate Dean and Acting Dean of SOE.  Additionally, Professor Russell served as Chair of the Faculty Senate. He passed away on May 28 at age 72, and is survived by his wife, five children, 12 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.