Fosmire to retire after 33 years of teaching in HHD

University Park, Pa. -- Gary J. Fosmire, a member of the Penn State faculty for 33 years, will retire as an associate professor of nutritional sciences in the College of Health and Human Development (HHD) effective June 30. In addition to being an associate professor, Fosmire also is the professor-in-charge of the nutrition undergraduate program.

Fosmire is known for his research on essential trace elements, with an emphasis on zinc metabolism, as well as on the interactions between essential and toxic trace minerals. He also studies nutrition and gerontology.

In addition to his research record, Fosmire is highly regarded by both students and faculty for his devotion to students and to the art of teaching. His traditional approach of writing lecture notes on the blackboard by hand catches students’ attention, and his accessibility and openness keeps students coming back to him for advice and guidance.

As the professor-in-charge of the department’s undergraduate program, Fosmire plays an important role in ensuring the teaching effectiveness of faculty in the department. In this role, he reviews student and peer course evaluations with the department head, meets with faculty to discuss teaching, and offers suggestions to ensure that the program sustains its legacy of excellence in undergraduate education.

For his devotion to teaching, Fosmire earned the Health and Human Development Alumni Society Excellence in Teaching Award in 2009. The award honors a college faculty member’s excellence in teaching and contributions to the art of teaching.

Fosmire received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and biochemistry and a doctorate in nutrition from the University of California, Berkeley. He has been a member of the faculty of the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Penn State since 1978.

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Last Updated May 25, 2011