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Faculty, Staff, and Student Awards

The Penn State College of Education recognizes exemplary faculty, staff, and students each year. Information on the latest recipients and the award nomination forms are available here.

Nominations for the 2016-17 College of Education Faculty, Staff, and Student Awards Program are now being accepted. The College recognizes those who have made significant contributions to their respective fields, the College of Education, and larger University community.

The deadline for submission is February 28, 2017.

To make your nomination, please print a copy of the awards nomination form (PDF, 88 KB), follow the instructions, and return the completed form with its supporting materials to the Office of Alumni and Development, 247 Chambers Building.

Here's a list of previous award winners.

Faculty Awards

 

Outstanding Researcher Award: Recognizes exemplary performance in the conduct of research by a College of Education faculty member. A Junior faculty member may be nominated for the Outstanding Researcher Award and a Senior faculty member may be nominated for the Senior Outstanding Researcher Award. The primary benchmark that distinguishes junior from senior recognition is the overall impact of one’s research. The senior award is typically given to a faculty member who has achieved national and international recognition as a result of his or her legacy; the junior award typically recognizes the significance of a particular contribution to the research literature.

Outstanding Teaching Award: Recognizes exemplary teaching performance in the classroom. Outstanding teaching implies the use of new instructional content and instructional approach as well as the use of emerging state-of-the-art technology. Undergraduate and graduate instruction may be recognized.

Award nominees may include tenured, tenure-track, visiting, instructors, fixed-term I, and multi-year faculty members.

Career Achievement Award: Recognizes faculty who are approaching the end of their careers. Teaching, research and service excellence over time provide the basis for being recognized with the Career Achievement Award. Typically, the nominee must have spent at least five years in residence at Penn State.

Climate Enhancement Award: Recognizes contributions to the pursuit of the College's diversity agenda.

 

Staff Awards

Outstanding Staff Award: Honors both exempt and non-exempt staff members who contribute in significant ways to the quality of life within the College. Outstanding staff enable administrators, faculty, and students’ success by creating and fostering positive social environments, facilitating communication, and promoting improved methods of productivity.  Outstanding Staff nominees must have at least 5 years of full-time employment with the College of Education. Each year, this award can be given to one (1) exempt and one (1) non-exempt staff member in the College of Education.

Climate Enhancement Award: Recognizes contributions to the pursuit of the College's diversity agenda.

 

Student Awards

 

Graduate Student Recognition Award: Recognizes an advanced graduate student’s contribution to research and/or teaching. Publications, conference presentations, external recognition from one’s professional association, and exemplary teaching are examples of outstanding performance that may be recognized. The nominee must be enrolled as a full-time graduate student in the College of Education.

Undergraduate Student Leadership and Service Award: Recognizes undergraduate student leaders.

  • Must be enrolled as a full-time baccalaureate student in the College of Education who is at least a junior and has maintained a 3.0 grade point average.
  • Demonstrates interest and actions that enhance the purpose of the College of Education.
  • Promotes leadership and service to individuals, the University, and civic life.
  • Fosters personal and professional development of peers through example.


Climate Enhancement Award: Recognizes contributions to the pursuit of the College's diversity agenda.


For assistance, please contact the Alumni and Development Office at any time.