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Jim Nolan Reappointed as Hermanowicz Professor

Article about Jim Nolan's reappointment as Hermanowicz Professor


by Joe Savrock (June 2008)

nolan_sml.jpgUNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – James F. Nolan has been appointed to a second term as the Henry J. Hermanowicz Professor of Teacher Education in the College of Education.

Nolan began his first term as Hermanowicz professor in January 2005. His reappointment extends his role through 2011.

“Jim Nolan is an outstanding teacher educator who is providing exemplary leadership for the entire field, particularly in the use of inquiry to inform professional preparation,” said David H. Monk, dean of the College. “Jim has put the resources of the Hermanowicz professorship to excellent use during his first term, and we are delighted to continue entrusting these resources to his care.”

The Hermanowicz professorship was established by friends of Henry J. Hermanowicz, who served as dean of the College from 1974 to 1989. The endowment recognizes a College faculty member who has demonstrated a strong interest and commitment to the preparation of teachers, has a record of scholarship and research in teacher education, and has previously worked as a certified elementary or secondary public school teacher.

Upon hearing of Nolan’s reappointment, Hermanowicz stated, “I remember appointing Jim to the faculty of the College of Education. He’s always been an outstanding professor and colleague. He well deserves the professorship.”

Nolan joined the College faculty in 1987. His research focuses on professional development, teacher supervision, educational change, and classroom management. He is director of the highly regarded Penn State/State College Area School District Elementary Professional Development School Collaborative.

Nolan is a former elementary teacher, secondary teacher, and secondary guidance counselor, having taught at schools in Dunmore, Kingston, and Morrisdale, all in Pennsylvania. He earned his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Penn State, an M.S. in Counselor Education from Marywood College, and a B.S. in Secondary Education from the University of Scranton.

The Hermanowicz Professorship is one of five faculty endowments now in place in the College of Education. The others are the Batschelet Chair in Educational Administration, the Waterbury Chair in Secondary Education, the Eberly Faculty Fellowship in Education, and the Kahn Professorship in Education.