Shemanski named 2009-10 McMurtry award winner

May 10, 2010

Donald Shemanski, a professor of practice in Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), was recently named the winner of the 2009-10 George McMurtry Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award.

In the award citation, Shemanski was praised for his ability to explain complex legal and technical situations to students, and for his ability to engage students in class.

“He brings new insights and inspires students to be engaged in meaningful discussion in class. At the forefront of his teaching is an emphasis on students freely sharing their thoughts. His interest in the subject matter and in helping students succeed makes him stand above the rest as one of the best teachers this college has to offer.”

Shemanski joined the college in 2008 after serving for 23 years as a diplomat with the United States Foreign Service. He served as counselor for global affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, directing the embassy office responsible for high-priority policy issues such as counter-terrorism, nuclear nonproliferation, climate change, and international judicial assistance.

The McMurtry award honors the many contributions of George McMurtry, former associate dean of engineering at Penn State, who helped spearhead the founding of IST in the late 1990s. Shemanski’s name is now inscribed with earlier award winners on a plaque that permanently hangs in the Dean’s Suite of the IST Building.


  • Right, Shemanski received the 2009-10 McMurtry Award from David Hall, interim dean in the College of Information Sciences and Technology.

    IMAGE: Penn State
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