UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Each year, Penn State honors several members of its faculty and staff for the highest levels of academic excellence, outstanding leadership and meritorious service. The 2014 Faculty/Staff Award recipients -- 33 outstanding University employees and one program -- reach across campuses, colleges and administrative units and exemplify best practices and achievements among Penn Staters reflecting the University's mission of teaching, research and service.
The honorees will receive their awards at a private ceremony at noon Monday, March 24, on the University Park campus.
Articles about this year's award recipients are linked below, listed below by award category.
Undergraduate Faculty Teaching Awards
The Milton S. Eisenhower Award for Distinguished Teaching: John Gamble, distinguished professor of political science and International Law, Director of Honors Programs, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College; and Martin W. Trethewey, Arthur L. Glenn Professor of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering
The George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching: Meredith Defelice, senior lecturer in biochemistry and molecular biology, Eberly College of Science; Michael M. Evans, assistant chief academic officer and instructor in nursing, College of Nursing, Penn State Worthington Scranton; Karen Kackley-Dutt, instructor in biology, Penn State Lehigh Valley; Dale Olver, instructor in dairy and animal science, College of Agricultural Sciences; Ute Poerschke, associate professor of architecture, College of Arts and Architecture; and Jessica B. Schocker, assistant professor of social studies education and women’s studies, Division of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, Penn State Berks
The Alumni/Student Award for Excellence in Teaching (2014 Penn State Teaching Fellows): Lynette Kvasny, associate professor of information sciences and technology, College of Information Sciences and Technology; Laura Rotunno, associate professor of English and honors program coordinator, Division of Arts and Humanities, Penn State Altoona; and Jennifer K. Wood, associate professor, Communication Arts and Sciences, Penn State New Kensington
The Penn State Excellence in Advising Award: -- Faculty: Robert M. Rioux, Friedrich G. Helfferich Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering -- Staff: Timothy J. Radio, business analyst/functional team member, Project LionPATH, Penn State Mont Alto
Faculty Scholar Medals: -- Arts and Humanities Medal: Eric Hayot, distinguished professor of comparative literature and Asian studies, College of the Liberal Arts -- Life and Health Sciences Medal: Joan Richtsmeier, distinguished professor of anthropology, College of the Liberal Arts -- Physical Sciences Medal: Eric D. Feigelson, professor of astronomy and astrophysics and of statistics, Eberly College of Science -- Social and Behavioral Sciences Medal: Karl Stephen Zimmerer, professor and head of the department of geography, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
Faculty and Staff Achievement Awards
The McKay Donkin Award: Mark M. Luellen, director of alumni relations and development, College of the Liberal Arts, Office of University Development
The W. LaMarr Kopp International Faculty and Staff Achievement Award: -- Faculty: Mark A. Brennan, professor and UNESCO Chair in Rural Community, Leadership, and Youth Development, College of Agricultural Sciences -- Staff: Jane Reese, associate coordinator, Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, International Programs, College of Education