Johnson recognized with Palmer Faculty Mentoring Award

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Peggy Johnson, professor and department head of civil and environmental engineering in the College of Engineering, is the recipient of the 2014 Howard B. Palmer Faculty Mentoring Award.

The award honors and recognizes outstanding achievement by a faculty member with at least five years of service who effectively guides junior faculty. Howard Palmer was the senior associate dean of The Graduate School from 1984 to 1991.

Since Johnson became department head in 2006, the Civil and Engineering Department has hired 14 tenure track faculty at the assistant and associate professor levels. “This level of recruiting … represents a demonstration of collegiality and the consequent desirability of the department as a destination place of hire for aspiring rising stars in the profession,” a nominator said. Also since 2006, recognitions for junior faculty in the national and research arenas have tripled.

Johnson has organized teaching workshops for junior faculty under the direction of instructional specialists for the Leonhard Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Education. Nominators cited her willingness to give advice, find employment for faculty spouses and generally create “a welcoming and thriving environment for junior faculty to perform high quality scientific research,” according to one nominator.

“With her unique capability and great enthusiasm,” one nominator wrote, “Peggy inspires all junior faculty members in the department to perform to the best of their ability; this not only benefits the junior faculty but also the department and the university at large.”

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Last Updated March 20, 2014