Nominations are being accepted for 'Excellence in Academic Integration' award

November 06, 2018

Nominations are being accepted for the 2019 President’s Award for Excellence in Academic Integration, an honor recognizing Penn State faculty members who have exhibited extraordinary achievement in the integration of teaching and research or creative accomplishments, and service.

The award was established in 1996 to recognize faculty members who have excelled in all three areas of their professions and consists of a specially designed certificate and a cash gift of $3,000. Recipients of the award typically have a strong outreach component as a substantive element of their scholarship. The communities reached by faculty outreach activities are generally those not normally encountered during performance of normal scholarly activities. The 2019 recipient will be recognized at the Faculty/Staff Awards Luncheon April 2, 2019, in the Ballroom of The Nittany Lion Inn on the University Park campus of Penn State.

Nominations are being solicited from the academic deans and should include evidence of superior teaching, including student letters and evaluations; research or creative accomplishments; and service to the University, public and/or profession. A curriculum vitae and supporting letters, from professional colleagues internal and external to Penn State, should speak to the candidate’s major achievements, especially innovative approaches developed by the nominee to engage the public — that is, constituencies that are not traditionally engaged by the discipline. Letters from the dean of the college and the department head, or appropriate academic administrator, should speak to the candidate’s ability to integrate all aspects of his or her academic life with outreach and/or public service. The nominating packets should be no longer than 30 pages.

One or two nominations can be submitted to to the attention of Ralph Ford, chair of the Selection Committee for The President’s Award for Excellence in Academic Integration, 201 Old Main, University Park, PA 16802. The deadline is Jan. 9, 2019.

For more information, call Kathleen Bieschke at 814-863-7494 or email

Last Updated November 14, 2018