Robert Speel, Russell Warley receive University-wide faculty honors

April 12, 2010

Two faculty members at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, have received University-wide recognition for their efforts to create an exceptional undergraduate student experience.

Robert W. Speel, associate professor of political science, was given the University’s 2010 Undergraduate Program Leadership Award at a ceremony Monday, April 12, on the University Park campus. At the same time, Russell Warley, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, was honored with one of six George W. Atherton Awards for Excellence in Teaching.

“Penn State has 5,600 faculty members, so to be singled out in this way is truly an honor,” Chancellor Jack Burke said of the awards. “Rob and Russ both take a keen interest in their students’ success, supporting them and helping to guide them in their goals and aspirations. They are very deserving of these recognitions.”

The annual Undergraduate Program Leadership Award recognizes one Penn State faculty member who has demonstrated exemplary leadership in service to an undergraduate degree program. Robert Speel is program chair for Penn State Behrend’s baccalaureate degree in political science and also its Certificate in Crime, Psychology and Public Policy. Among his popular American government courses is Politics and Government in Washington, D.C., which includes a week of behind-the-scenes tours and meetings with Penn State Behrend alumni who work for and with federal agencies.

Speel is a past recipient of the George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Guy Wilson Award for Excellence in Advising and the Penn State Behrend Council of Fellows Excellence in Outreach Award. He is the author of Changing Patterns of Voting in the Northern United States: Electoral Realignment 1952-1996 (Penn State University Press, 1998).

The George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching, named for the seventh president of the University (1882-1907), is presented each year to four faculty members who have devoted substantial effort to and developed a record of excellence in undergraduate teaching. Russell Warley is program chair for Penn State Behrend’s degree in mechanical engineering and teaches courses in thermodynamics, heat transfer and engineering experimentation.

Prior to beginning his teaching career, Warley spent 20 years in industry at LORD and Cabot corporations. He is a two-time winner of the Cabot Sterling Award for team achievement in commercialization of new products, as well as the Cabot Award for Excellence for team achievement in developing its Sterling Solutions software. At LORD, he received an award for technical excellence.

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