Campus seeks teaching award nominations for 2012-13

February 07, 2013

Nominations are being accepted for the 2012-13 James H. Burness Award for Excellence in Teaching at Penn State York. The award given annually to recognize any aspect of excellent instruction (lectures, demonstrations, classroom activities, handling of discussions, individual attention, laboratory instruction, etc.) that contributes to the academic quality of Penn State York. The purpose of the award is to recognize excellence in instruction, not to identify the “most popular” faculty member. The teaching award is named in memory of the late James H. Burness in recognition of his outstanding teaching and service to the campus. Burness died in December 1999.

All faculty are eligible to be nominated except for recipients of the award in the past four years: Mark A. Casteel (2009), Harley Hartman and Frank Miller (2010), Charles (Chuck) L. Kennedy and Judith K. McCormick (2011), Sukhdeep Gill and Stephen K. Lentz (2012).
Two awards are given: one to a full-time faculty member and one to a part-time faculty member. The Teaching Award Committee will divide the nominations according to whether they are full or part-time.
This nomination form is for faculty who are teaching in fall 2012 and/or spring 2013. Be as specific as possible with comments about nominees. When the committee receives something such as "she's a great professor and definitely deserves the award," it doesn't help much in making a decision.

Nominations should be submitted using the online form or the form can be printed off and returned to Cathy Sheaffer in Advising and Career Development in the Main Classroom Building.  Please ask that your nomination be placed in Harley Hartman’s 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22.


  • Sukhdeep Gill was the recipient of the 2012 James H. Burness Award for Excellence in Teaching given to a full-time faculty member. Stephen K. Lentz, not pictured, received the award for part-time faculty.

    IMAGE: Barbara Dennis

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Last Updated February 07, 2013