Dawn Blasko honored with Eisenhower Award for Distinguished Teaching

Dawn Blasko, associate professor of psychology at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, has received one of Penn State’s two 2011 Milton S. Eisenhower Awards for Distinguished Teaching.

This University-wide award recognizes excellence in teaching and student support among tenured faculty employed full time for at least five years; undergraduate teaching must be a major portion of nominees’ faculty responsibilities. Milton S. Eisenhower, brother of former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, served as president of Penn State from 1950 to 1956.

Timothy P. Johnson, associate professor of landscape architecture in the College of Arts and Architecture, also was honored with the award this year.

A member of the Penn State Behrend faculty since 1993, Blasko has taught a wide range of courses in psychology and developed the first undergraduate general education course in cross-cultural psychology at Penn State. In this service-learning class, students work with immigrants or refugees to the United States, tutor international students or develop lessons for at-risk students in inner-city schools.

In her classes, one nominator wrote, she views her role as a guide in a student’s search for new understanding, has high expectations for herself and her students, and emphasizes active learning by engaging students in demonstrations related to the course content.

The Eisenhower Award also recognizes Blasko for her leadership roles in supporting diversity and in promoting educational equity and public service at Penn State Behrend. She is the recipient of several teaching, mentoring and service awards -- including the 2011 Achieving Women Award presented by Penn State’s Commission for Women -- and is the former chair (2006-07) of Penn State’s University Faculty Senate. Blasko holds the distinction of being the first faculty member from Penn State Behrend to chair that organization.
 

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Last Updated April 12, 2011