University announces recipients of annual faculty/staff awards

University Park, Pa. -- Each year, the University recognizes faculty and staff for the highest levels of academic excellence, outstanding leadership and meritorious service. This year's Faculty/Staff Recognition Awards Program luncheon was held on Monday, March 22, at The Nittany Lion Inn. The following is a list of faculty and staff who were honored at the ceremony.


McHale lauded for academic integration and faculty mentoring

Susan M. McHale, professor of human development at Penn State University Park, received the 2004 President's Award for Excellence in Academic Integration and the 2004 Howard B. Palmer Faculty Mentoring Award.

The President's Award is given to a full-time member of the faculty who has exhibited extraordinary achievement in the integration of the University's three-pronged mission of teaching, research or creative accomplishments, and service. The Palmer Award honors and recognizes outstanding achievement by a faculty member with at least five years of active service who effectively guides junior faculty. Howard Palmer was the senior associate dean of the Graduate School from 1984 to 1991.


Blume receives Barash Award for Human Service

Glen Blume, Penn State professor of education at Penn State University Park, received the 2004 Barash Award for Human Service given by the University.

The annual Barash Award for Human Service was created in 1975 by the family of the late Sy Barash. It honors a full-time member of the faculty, staff or student body on the University Park campus who, apart from his or her regular duties, has contributed the most to public service activities and organizations or the welfare of fellow human beings.


Four faculty receive Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching

Four Penn State University faculty members received the 2004 George W. Atherton Awards for Excellence in Teaching. The award recipients were Andrew Belmonte, assistant professor of mathematics, University Park campus; Roselyn Costantino, associate professor of Spanish and women's studies, Altoona campus; Linda P. Miller, professor of English, Abington campus; and Michael D. Weiner, associate professor of mathematics, Altoona campus.

The award, named after Penn State's seventh president, was established in 1989 as a continuation of the AMOCO Foundation Award. It honors excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level.


Curran receives President's Award for Engagement with Students

Brian Curran, associate professor of art history at Penn State University Park, was the 2004 recipient of the President's Award for Engagement with Students.

The award is given to a full-time member of the faculty who goes beyond his responsibilities to engage and encourage students in learning, demonstrating deep caring and involvement.


Day receives Graduate Program Chair Leadership Award

David V. Day, professor of psychology and the director of graduate training for the Department of Psychology at Penn State University Park, was this year's winner of the Graduate Program Chair Leadership Award.

The award honors faculty members for exemplary leadership that benefits graduate students and faculty in an existing graduate program at the University. The award's design acknowledges the recipient's efforts to enhance student recruitment, professional development and placement, and mentoring and promotion of faculty and students in the graduate program. The winner works to enhance his program's diversity, educational quality, resources and national visibility, and promotes professional ethics and its integration into all elements of graduate programming.


DeHart, Shibley receive Excellence in Advising Awards

The 2004 Excellence in Advising Awards were presented to Barbara DeHart, undergraduate adviser in biology at Penn State University Park, and Ivan Shibley, associate professor of chemistry and coordinator of the Penn State Berks science program.

The award, established by the Undergraduate Student Government's Academic Assembly, annually honors one full-time faculty member and one full-time professional adviser from any Penn State location who has at least two years of advising experience. The award acknowledges excellence in advising, academic and career guidance, enthusiasm, and assistance to students in decision-making and goal-setting.


Dellasega wins Faculty Outreach Award

Cheryl A. Dellasega, who is nationally known for research and programs aimed at reducing bullying among girls, won the 2004 Penn State Award for Faculty Outreach. Dellasega is an associate professor of humanities and chairperson of the Arts, Healing and Humanities Committee of The Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine at Penn State's College of Medicine.

The Faculty Outreach Award honors those who have positively and substantially affected individuals, organizations or communities through problem solving or development as a result of extending their scholarship. The award is endorsed by the Provost and supported by the Coordinating Council for Outreach and Cooperative Extension and the Outreach Committee of the Faculty Senate.


Morrisson, Shoop selected to receive Eisenhower Award for Distinguished Teaching

Mark S. Morrisson, associate professor of English at Penn State University Park, and Linda L. Shoop, associate professor of education at Penn State New Kensington, were selected for the 2004 Milton S. Eisenhower Award for Distinguished Teaching.

The award recognizes excellence in teaching and student support among tenured faculty who have been employed full time for at least five years, with undergraduate teaching as a major portion of their duties. Milton S. Eisenhower, brother of former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, served as president of Penn State from 1950 to 1956.


Herron receives Award for Administrative Excellence

Nancy L. Herron, associate dean for academic programs in Penn State's Commonwealth College, was honored by Penn State with the Award for Administrative Excellence.

The award, established in 1970, is given annually to a University faculty or staff member whose performance methods and achievements exemplify the highest standards of administrative excellence.


Hillman, Litzinger win Teaching Fellow Award

Jennifer L. Hillman, associate professor of psychology, Penn State Berks-Lehigh Valley, and Thomas Litzinger, professor of mechanical engineering, Penn State University Park, won the 2004 Penn State Teaching Fellow Award: The Alumni/Student Award for Excellence in Teaching.

The award honors distinguished teaching and offers encouragement and incentive for excellent teaching.


Four earn Faculty Scholar Medals for Outstanding Achievement

Four Penn State professors received 2003-04 Faculty Scholar Medals for Outstanding Achievement. Linda Woodbridge, distinguished professor of English and women's studies, received the Arts and Humanities Medal; Charles R. Fisher, professor of biology, received the Life and Health Sciences Medal; Renee D. Diehl, professor of physics, received the Physical Sciences Medal; and Dennis K. J. Lin, professor of supply chain and information systems and statistics, received the Social and Behavioral Sciences Medal.

Established in 1980, the award recognizes scholarly or creative excellence represented by a single contribution or a series of contributions around a coherent theme. A committee of faculty peers reviews nominations and selects candidates.


Miller wins Staff Excellence Award

The 2004 Staff Excellence Award was presented to Mary Miller, administrative assistant in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering at Penn State University Park.

Established in 1993, this award recognizes the consistently outstanding performance of a staff member who has demonstrated and practiced the philosophy of continuous quality improvement, team spirit and managerial excellence in the performance of assigned duties, and who has provided leadership in establishing a quality service orientation, so as to benefit his or her unit and the University.


Probart, McPheron awarded W. LaMarr Kopp International Achievement Award

Claudia Probart, associate professor of nutrition at Penn State University Park, received the W. LaMarr Kopp International Achievement Award for faculty, and Marilyn McPheron, study abroad coordinator for the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State University Park, received the staff designation of this award.

Established in 1995, the W. LaMarr Kopp International Achievement Award recognizes one faculty and one staff member who have contributed significantly to the advancement of the international mission of the University. It is named for the retired deputy vice president for international programs.


Rankin receives Robinson Equal Opportunity Award

Susan Rankin, senior diversity planning analyst in the Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity at Penn State University Park, was the 2004 recipient of the Dr. James Robinson Equal Opportunity Award.

The Dr. James Robinson Equal Opportunity Award was established in 1988 and renamed in 1998 to honor the late James Robinson, a distinguished alumnus and former Alumni Council member. The award recognizes a faculty or staff member who has promoted equal opportunity through affirmative action and/or contributes to enhancing the educational environment of the University through improving cross-cultural understanding. This award is sponsored by the Penn State Alumni Association.


Squier receives Graduate Teaching Award

Susan Squier, Julia Gregg Brill Professor of Women's Studies and English at Penn State University Park, received the Graduate Faculty Teaching Award.

The award, established in 1992 by the Graduate School, is presented to faculty members to honor exemplary teaching performance and advising of doctoral students.


Wolfe receives Support Staff Award

Juanita M. Wolfe, staff assistant in Penn State's Department of Food Science, College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State University Park, received the 2004 Support Staff Award, which recognizes the overall high quality performance of a non-exempt member of the support staff and dedication to customer service, quality improvement, teamwork and professionalism.


Mitchell earns Undergraduate Program Leadership Award

Robert Mitchell, professor of biology at Penn State University Park, received the 2004 Undergraduate Program Leadership Award.

The award was established to recognize faculty members who have demonstrated exemplary leadership that has transformed or revitalized an existing undergraduate degree program.

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Last Updated March 19, 2009