Eckhardt honored with 2016 McKay Donkin Award

April 22, 2016

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Caroline D. Eckhardt, professor of comparative literature and English in the College of the Liberal Arts, is the winner of the 2016 McKay Donkin Award.

Established in 1969 in honor of the late McKay Donkin, who served as vice president and treasurer of the University from 1957 to 1968, the award is presented to a full-time member of the faculty or staff or to a retiree who has contributed most to the “economic, physical, mental or social welfare of the faculty” of the University. The contribution should be for duties or services above and beyond the recipient’s regularly assigned duties.

Eckhardt’s contributions to the University are numerous. She was the founding head of the University’s Department of Comparative Literature and she’s currently the director of Penn State’s School of Languages and Literatures.

In her 36 years on the Faculty Senate, she’s served more than a dozen roles including University Faculty Senate Liaison to the Graduate Council, member of the General Education Planning and Oversight Task Force and two co-chair positions.

On Faculty Senate, a colleague said Eckhardt is “unfailing in her contributions through thoughtful analysis, superb judgment and valuable experience,” adding that she relies on her “emotional intelligence” and interpersonal skills to offer swift and practical solutions to problems.

In her 44 years as a member of Penn State faculty, a nominator said Eckhardt’s vision and diligence have been “essential to moving the mission of the University forward in a changing world while maintaining a humanistic and eminently humane commitment to recognition and support of the core constituency of any institution of higher learning, its faculty.”

Last Updated April 25, 2016