Steffensmeier honored for teaching excellence among graduate faculty

March 19, 2009

Darrell Steffensmeier, professor of sociology and crime, law and justice in the College of the Liberal Arts, has received the 2009 Graduate Faculty Teaching Award.

The award, established in 1992 by The Graduate School, is presented to faculty members in recognition of outstanding teaching performance and advising of graduate students.

Steffensmeier, who has taught at the University for more than 30 years, is honored for his outstanding teaching in graduate seminars and his close supervision and stewardship of graduate students’ thesis work and other research projects. A number of his recent graduates have been placed in highly ranked academic departments and others have gone on to productive research careers in federal government agencies.

“His classroom presentations are thoughtful, clear and well-organized,” one nominator said, “and most of his students are highly engaged in class discussions and other activities.”

His students report he is “a committed teacher” who involves them in his research and provides practical advice about how to become a successful teacher and researcher. “I am grateful for the close, careful mentoring he offered throughout my graduate education,” one wrote, “and am confident that I would not be where I am today without his support and encouragement.”

Author of three books and some 70 journal articles, Steffensmeier is a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology and is a past recipient of Penn State’s Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the Social and Behavioral Sciences and the College of the Liberal Arts’ Distinction in the Social Sciences Award.

Last Updated March 19, 2009