DuBois instructor named Educator of the Year

Jason Long, instructor and program leader in the Penn State Dubois Information Sciences and Technology program, has been named the DuBois Education Foundation (DEF) Educator of the Year.

Each year the DEF presents the Educator of the Year Award to a Penn State DuBois faculty member who has made a difference in the lives of students. Nominations for the award come straight from the students themselves. One of Jason's former students, Fred Terwilliger, explained the kind of impact Long has had on those he teaches.

"After several major changes, it wasn't until I crossed paths with a newly hired instructor named Jason Long in the fall semester of 2001 that I truly knew what I wanted to do for a career," Terwilliger said. "I was already enrolled in the IST program before Jason came to DuBois, so I had already identified that I wanted a career in the world of technology. However, it wasn’t until I observed Jason's teaching style that I decided my true passion was to teach in the world of IST. My experience with Jason is what inspired me to pursue my master's degree and subsequently, a career in higher education."

Long reacted to receiving the award by saying, "I am honored and humbled to be recognized for this award. I never thought I would enjoy teaching as much as I do." He continued, "I live by one rule: If you do not like what you do, you should not do it. You will make yourself and anyone around you miserable. Now you understand why I am in a good mood every time you see me. I am happy that I am a part of the Penn State DuBois family."

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Last Updated January 09, 2015