Orland recognized with Undergraduate Program Leadership Award

University Park, Pa. – Brian Orland, professor of landscape architecture in the College of Arts and Architecture, is the recipient of the 2011 Undergraduate Program Leadership Award.

The award recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated exemplary leadership benefiting a Penn State undergraduate degree program. Specifically, it recognizes those individuals who have major responsibilities for the delivery of undergraduate education within a unit and who are providing leadership that has transformed or revitalized the undergraduate program in some way.

Orland joined the University faculty as head of the Department of Landscape Architecture in 2000 and served from 2008 to 2010 as director of the Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. He brought national recognition to the department, which in 2010 was ranked most admired in the nation in a survey of deans and department heads.

Also in 2010, he was selected as one of the "Most Admired Educators" in design programs from across the country.

Orland, who spearheaded an initiative to revamp the department's undergraduate curriculum, also is recognized for his commitment to diversifying the department's student/faculty body.

He currently is involved in a research project with colleague Mallika Bose that examines impediments to attracting a more ethnically and racially diverse student body to the program. With colleague Larry Gorenflo, he leads an innovative service-learning program in Tanzania, engaging undergraduate students in reconciling the dual imperatives of biodiversity conservation and community economic development.

According to one nominator, Orland "has been central to the success of our undergraduate accredited Landscape Architecture program and transforming it into one of the most admired in the United States."

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Last Updated March 16, 2011