Faculty Advisor Awards



Corinne Blake, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of History, Rowan University







Emek M. Ucarer, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of International Relations, Bucknell University


Dr. Pamela Chasek accepting the Faculty Advisor Award

Dr. Pamela Chasek accepting the Faculty Advisor Award


Michael McIntyre, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Chair, Department of International Studies, DePaul University

Sheira Malik, Ph.D.

Director, Undergraduate Program, Department of International Studies, DePaul University


Pamela Chasek, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair, Government Department, Manhattan College

Three faculty members were awarded the Faculty Advisor Award this year. Drs. McIntyre and Malik are recognized for their efforts working with the National Office in organizing Sigma Iota Rho's first National Research Conference, in Chicago Illinois.

As well, the Honor Society demonstrated its recognition of Dr. Pamela Chasek, Faculty Advisor for the Beta Eta Chapter, for her long term of service.

Nancy Wei (center) with Liaison Officer Mark Castillo (left) and Frank Plantan (right)


Chunjuan Nancy Wei, Ph.D.

Chair of International Political Economy and Diplomacy, University of Bridgeport

Each year an exceptional faculty leader from one of our 150 chapters is recognized for their hard work and noteworthy results. This year’s Faculty Advisor Award is presented to Nancy Wei, Faculty Advisor of the Gamma Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Iota Rho.

Dr. Wei has been an engine in propelling a chapter to grow twofold in a short period of time. No less, she has routinely and actively guided the research endeavors of her students. Notably, one of her students has been a recent recipient of a highly competitive Sigma Iota Rho funding award for her research in Lebanon. As well, her Gamma Epsilon Chapter has been successful in procuring funding for a regional symposium on Chinese energy and environmental sustainability.


Anthony L. Pinder, Ed.D.

As Director of Internationalization, Georgia Gwinnett College

Over what has been roughly ten years, Professor Anthony Pinder has been a model citizen of Sigma Iota Rho. The beginning of his service to the honor society was marked by playing an indispensable role in establishing Morehouse College's chapter, Gamma Alpha. After serving there for four years as faculty advisor, he assumed the same position at Georgia Gwinnett College. At both institutions, he has been instrumental in yielding impressive induction rates of members annually -- a testament not only to the sheer number of students he has influenced, but his reliable consistency in promoting the study of international affairs. It therefore comes as no surprise that Dr. Pinder has overseen chapters with exceptional care, which is dovetailed by his ever-positive demeanor.


Frank Plantan (center-right) with Anthony Pinder (center-left)

Frank Plantan (center-right) with Anthony Pinder (center-left)


Francine J. D'Amico, Ph.D.

Undergraduate Chair, International Relations Program at the Maxwell School: Syracuse University

It is our distinct pleasure to recognize the exceptional leadership of Dr. Francine J. D'Amico of the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, Alpha Chi chapter of Sigma Iota Rho, with the inaugural Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award.

Faculty Advisors are the cornerstone to Sigma Iota Rho's chapters. Indeed, it is their example that students learn from as they aim to engage international studies both in and beyond the classroom.

Upon assuming the role of Faculty Advisor of the Alphi Chi chapter in fall 2004, Dr. D'Amico has provided her students with steady, insightful guidance in a wide array of fields to enhance their understanding of international affairs and professional development. "Dr. D", as known by her students, has exhibited a cheerful demeanor and tireless work ethic, serving as a model for all of us affiliated with SIR.

Congratulations, Dr. D!

Frank Plantan (left) with Francine D'Amico (right)

Frank Plantan (left) with Francine D'Amico (right)