Florida Faculty Recognized at Commencement Ceremony

Kevin Petrovsky

Jennifer McFarland

Northwood University’s Florida Campus honors convocation and commencement ceremonies recently held special surprises for two faculty members as they were recognized for their contributions.

Kevin Petrovsky, Associate Academic Dean and Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Sustainability Management was recognized for his dedication and expertise by being awarded the Faculty Excellence Award.  Established over 30 years ago, the Northwood University Award of Faculty Excellence recognizes a faculty member who has made an outstanding contribution to the university. It is the highest professional award given by the University.

In addition, Jennifer McFarland Associate Professor and Department Chair of Florida's Advertising and Marketing program was selected by members of the senior class to receive The Samuel R. Marotta Ethics Award. The award criteria is based on selecting the faculty member who has most challenged student perspectives regarding the kind of moral issues they may face in their careers and how they might respond to those challenges.


Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.

Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at two full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida and mid-Michigan. Adult Degree Programs are available in seven states with many course delivery options including online. The DeVos Graduate School offers accelerated, evening and weekend programming in Michigan, Texas and Florida. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise provides system-wide expertise in family enterprise, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and new business development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in China (Changchun and Wuxi), Malaysia and Sri Lanka.