College of Health and Human Development announces 2015 faculty, staff awards

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The College of Health and Human Development announced recipients of its Faculty and Staff Awards for 2015. A reception honoring the awardees will be held Nov. 10 at the Bennett Pierce Living Center in Henderson Building on the University Park campus.

The recipients are:

The Carol Clark Ford Staff Achievement Award: Darla Houseman, administrative support assistant in the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management

Houseman’s duties include office and financial management for the Professional Golf Management Program, which includes 100 students in addition to faculty and staff. Houseman began her career in the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management as administrative support assistant for the PGA Professional Golf Management Program in 2008. Prior to joining the staff of the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management, Houseman served as workforce graduate staff assistant for Learning Performance Systems at Penn State.

This award recognizes outstanding achievement by a staff, clerical, or technical service employee of the college who “makes it easier for others to accomplish their objectives effectively and efficiently.” The award was endowed by Donald H. Ford, dean emeritus of the former College of Human Development, in honor of his wife Carol Clark Ford.

The Carol Clark Ford Staff Achievement Award: Tina Meyers, administrative support coordinator and assistant to the director at The Methodology Center

Meyers has served as the administrative support coordinator and assistant to the director in The Methodology Center since 1989. In this role, she manages and coordinates 15 externally funded contracts totally over $4 million; manages sub-awards to and from other institutions; provides human resources support to faculty, staff, and students; manages and coordinates the center's conferences, seminars, and workshops; and compiles annual reports to the college.

This award recognizes outstanding achievement by a staff, clerical, or technical service employee of the college who “makes it easier for others to accomplish their objectives effectively and efficiently.” The award was endowed by Donald H. Ford, dean emeritus of the former College of Human Development, in honor of his wife Carol Clark Ford.

The Evelyn R. Saubel Faculty Award: Bart Bartlett, associate professor in the School of Hospitality Management

A Penn State alumnus, Bartlett has taken on numerous roles in the School of Hospitality Management, including managing and building industry and alumni relationships and serving as external representative and spokesperson for the school. Bartlett directly supervises and evaluates three full-time staff members, including the industry recruiting coordinator, academic adviser and undergraduate staff assistant.

This award recognizes faculty members for service to students. Among its criteria are a commitment to human service; accessibility as an adviser; and a caring, professional style. The award was established in honor of Evelyn Saubel, a 1935 graduate in home economics, a longtime assistant to the dean in the former colleges of home economics and human development.

The Evelyn R. Saubel Faculty Award: Shawnee Kelly, instructor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences

As one of the primary faculty advisers for all pre-major students exploring nutritional sciences, Kelly advises between 165 and 185 students each semester. She works individually with her assigned advisees and students interested in the nutritional sciences major, helping them with career direction and academic planning. She often assists with college programs for exploratory and prospective students through a variety of outreach programs, including Spend a Summer Day. Kelly also meets with families of high school students who reach out for answers to questions about attending Penn State and career opportunities in nutrition.

This award recognizes faculty members for service to students. Among its criteria are a commitment to human service; accessibility as an adviser; and a caring, professional style. The award was established in honor of Evelyn Saubel, a 1935 home economics graduate, a longtime assistant to the dean in the former colleges of home economics and human development.

The Leadership in Outreach Scholarship Award: Brian K. Bumbarger, research associate in the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center

Bumbarger first joined Penn State as the coordinator for policy research and director of outreach for the Prevention Research Center in 1998 after working on policy research in Washington, D.C. and Harrisburg. As a key dissemination and implementation researcher of the Prevention Research Center, Bumbarger has tirelessly and passionately worked to communicate the role and value of prevention to a wide array of audiences, including state and national policymakers, top-tier national and international foundations, local community coalition stakeholders, and graduate and undergraduate students.

This award honors an individual who has made significant leadership contributions to the outreach mission of the college.

The Diversity Achievement Award: Patricia Y. Miranda, assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy and Administration

As assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy and Administration, Miranda has demonstrated a strong commitment to fostering diversity within the college in all aspects of her work at Penn State. Miranda’s research centers on understanding and reducing racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in health and health care, including in the area of cancer-related care and outcomes among immigrant and Latino populations, as well as in health care access among vulnerable populations more generally.

This award recognizes a person who demonstrates commitment to the value of diversity and has been instrumental in creating or facilitating a climate of inclusiveness in the college.

The College of Health and Human Development Alumni Society Excellence in Teaching Award: Sommar Chilton, instructor of deaf culture and introduction to American sign language in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

As instructor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Chilton teaches CSD 218 American Sign Language I and CSD 269 Deaf Culture as elected courses. Additionally, she teaches occasionally teaches CSD 433 Aural Rehabilitation, a required course in the department’s curriculum. Chilton also teaches an online version of CSD 269 through World Campus. Chilton has been the faculty adviser for the student Sign Language Organization for 13 years.

This award honors a faculty member for excellence in teaching and contributions to the art of teaching. It is supported by an endowment from the HHD Alumni Society.

The Evan G. and Helen G. Pattishall Outstanding Research Achievement Award: Douglas Teti, professor and head in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies

Teti is a developmental psychologist whose program of research focuses on parenting competence and parenting at risk. His research scholarship in the form of publications, external funding, and mentoring of future researchers has made significant inroads toward understanding bi-directional association between parenting and infant and child functioning.

Teti has secured a number of grants in his career. In the past 10 years he has been principal investigator on three multi-million dollar projects funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. His publication record includes more than 65 empirical articles and book chapters. Teti has also published three books. Most of his papers were published with graduate students, many of whom were first-authored by the students.

This award recognizes research contributions occurring or culminating within the past several years. The award was endowed by Evan Pattishall, dean emeritus of the former College of Human Development, and his wife Helen Pattishall a 1985 Penn State graduate with a degree in informatics and security. The recipient will present a special lecture in spring 2015.

The Pauline Schmitt Russell Distinguished Research Career Award: Anthony D’Augelli, professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies

D’Augelli is a pioneer in the study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) youths and adults. His conceptual and empirical work in these areas, now spanning four decades, has inspired a new generation of researchers dedicated to the study of LGBT issues.

Much of D’Augelli’s research has appeared in community and clinical psychology journals. Out of 175 publications, 108 are lead-authored. D’Augelli has also published four edited volumes that have served as “state of the art” compendiums for conducting research on LGBT families.

This award honors a senior faculty member who has made outstanding research contributions to the field across a major portion of his or her career. The award was endowed by Leo P. Russell ’41 ENG in honor of his late wife Pauline Schmitt Russell ’48 H EC. The recipient will present a special lecture in fall 2015.

For more information about the College of Health and Human Development visit hhd.psu.edu.

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Last Updated November 09, 2015