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Hudock earns award for outstanding teaching

Laura Hudock, doctoral student in Curriculum and Instruction, is one of 10 Penn State graduate students to receive the 2017 Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Laura Hudock, doctoral student in Curriculum and Instruction, is one of 10 Penn State graduate students to receive the 2017 Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award.

Each of the award winners demonstrates a commitment to excellence, going above and beyond classroom instruction to shape the lives of their students. Their passion and dedication exemplify the impact Penn State’s graduate students have on society.

Hudock believes in a student-centered approach to her teaching, and prioritizes building a classroom community of empathetic learners. Her passion and dedication are evident to her students who come to rely on her as an instructor and friend, even after they leave her classroom. Hudock personally ran review sessions to help her former students prepare for the Pennsylvania Educator's Certification Test. Under faculty supervision, Hudock re-wrote the syllabus for Language and Literacy Education 402, Teaching Children’s Literature, to reflect current trends, practices and accreditation standards, and other faculty subsequently adopted it.

The award is jointly sponsored by the Graduate School, through the Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award endowment, and the Office of the Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Education. Recipients must have served as a graduate assistant for at least two semesters within the last two years. The award is named for Harold F. Martin, who earned his doctoral degree in education in 1954, and retired as a director in the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

In addition to Hudock, the award recipients are Azeta Hatef, doctoral student in mass communications; Cory Hutcheson, doctoral student in American studies; Yurika Matsui, doctoral student in molecular, cellular and integrative biosciences; Caitlin McMenamin, doctoral student in anatomy; Jesse McTernan, doctoral student in aerospace engineering; Thomas Newman, doctoral student in kinesiology; Edward O’Byrn, doctoral student in philosophy; William Paris, doctoral student in philosophy with a dual title in women’s studies; and Briana Sprague, doctoral student in human development and family studies.

All of the students were honored during the annual Graduate Student Awards Luncheon held on April 18 at the Nittany Lion Inn.