Grobman recognized with President's Award for academic integration

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -– Laurie Grobman, professor of English and women’s studies at Penn State Berks, has been awarded the 2012 President’s Award for Excellence in Academic Integration.

The award is given to a full-time faculty member who has exhibited extraordinary achievement in the integration of teaching, research or creative accomplishment, and service.

Grobman’s community-based research has sought to reconstruct the history of three ethnic minority groups in Berks County:

-- Woven With Words: A Collection of African American History in Berks County, Pennsylvania is the result of collaboration between the NAACP Reading chapter and students in two classes at Berks, including Grobman’s American Ethnicity class.

-- Hispanics/Latinos in Reading and Berks: A Portrait of a Community was written by 18 students in partnership with Centro Hispano in Reading.

-- A History of the Jewish Community in Reading and Berks County resulted from a partnership between the Jewish Cultural Center/Jewish Federation of Reading and more than 25 students at Penn State Berks.

The professor’s current engaged scholarship project focuses on the Central Pennsylvania African American Museum in Reading. Grobman is writing a narrative history of the museum and two scholarly articles, the first grounded in scholarship on African American museums and the second on the rhetorical and communicative processes that led to the museum’s success.

Grobman also brought the Center for Service Learning and Community-Based Research (formerly known as The Laboratory for Public Scholarship and Democracy at Penn State Berks) to the college in fall 2010 and serves as its coordinator. The center is designed to be a forum for sharing knowledge, expertise and training among faculty who practice service learning in their courses.

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Last Updated April 29, 2013