Bronner honored with Graduate Program Chair Leadership Award

April 09, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Simon Josef Bronner, distinguished professor of American studies and folklore at Penn State Harrisburg, is the recipient of the 2015 Graduate School Alumni Society Graduate Program Chair Leadership Award for his display of exemplary leadership that benefits graduate students and faculty in an existing graduate program at the University.

A nominator praised Bronner’s dynamic, far-seeing and effective leadership for making Penn State Harrisburg’s American studies graduate program “a recognized leader.”

Bronner served as program coordinator from 1987 to 2002 and rejoined the post again in 2006. He oversees about 50 master and 50 doctoral candidates.

“Bronner insists on the importance of each student who enters the program,” said a nominator. “This valuation permeates every class we offer. The total commitment to student welfare honors and implements PSU’s institutional roots as a land-grant university, combined with the University’s status as a world leader in research. I believe strongly that the success of our program is a result of Simon’s appreciation for Penn State standards and his dedication to the vision that graduate education makes life better.”

Achievements under Bronner’s leadership include implementation of an IUG program now ushering top performing undergraduates into the master’s program; beginning a comprehensive assessment program to ensure teaching excellence; establishing a popular annual lecture series which brings world-class speakers from across the globe to the Harrisburg Campus and creation of the nation’s first American Studies Honor Society.

Last Updated April 09, 2015