Retired professor and wife endow undergraduate teaching award

September 13, 2010

University Park, Pa. -- Paul R. Shellenberger, professor emeritus of dairy science, and his wife, Joan M. Shellenberger, have committed $25,000 to Penn State to create an award honoring outstanding teachers in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

The Paul R. and Joan M. Shellenberger Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching will recognize a full-time instructor contributing significantly to undergraduate education.

"This is a wonderful gesture that will recognize teaching excellence in the college, which is very important to Dr. Shellenberger," said Terry Etherton, head of the Department of Dairy and Animal Science.

Shellenberger earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Penn State in 1957 and 1959, respectively. He went on to earn a doctorate from Iowa State University in 1964 before joining Penn State's Department of Dairy Science in 1967.

During his 30 years as a faculty member in the College of Agricultural Sciences, Shellenberger earned a reputation as an excellent teacher, advisor and counselor. His dedication and sincere interest in the success of his students garnered numerous awards and honors. In 2008, the Department of Dairy and Animal Science honored him as a Distinguished Dairy Science Alumnus. He retired in 1997.

The Shellenbergers reside in Franklin, Ind.

  • Paul and Joan Shellenberger, who have committed $25,000 to Penn State to create an award honoring outstanding teachers in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

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