Three College Faculty Members Recognized with University-Level Awards
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Three faculty members from the College of Education have recently been recognized with University-level awards.
Gwen Lloyd, professor of mathematics education, is the recipient of the 2013 Undergraduate Program Leadership Award.
Brandon Hunt, professor of education, rehabilitation and human services, has been selected to receive the 2013 Penn State Excellence in Advising Award.
Jackie Edmondson, associate dean for undergraduate and graduate studies, has been named the 2013 Achieving Women Award – Administrator winner by the Penn State Commission for Women.
Lloyd’s award recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated exemplary leadership benefiting a Penn State undergraduate degree program. Specifically, it recognizes those individuals who have major responsibilities for the delivery of undergraduate education within a unit and who are providing leadership that has transformed or revitalized the undergraduate program in some way.
Since 2010, Lloyd has served as director of the elementary education program, preparing approximately 300 candidates for certification to teach grades K-6 in Pennsylvania each year. Over the past few years, she has provided leadership through the transition to a new childhood and early adolescent education (CEAED) program that prepares teacher candidates for certification in pre-kindergarten through grade 4 and grades 4-8. She coordinates the CEAED program’s faculty, advisers, staff and students across six campuses.
In 2011, Lloyd developed a report that resulted in recognition for the program with the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and she facilitated a site visit by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education in 2012.
“Dr. Lloyd is not content to allow this program to stand as is,” one nominator said. “Instead, she is continually monitoring the program and searching for ways to bring improvement in the curriculum.”
The Excellence in Advising Award was established by the former Undergraduate Student Government’s Academic Assembly and is sponsored by each college. It annually honors one full-time faculty member (Hunt) and one full-time professional adviser (L. Vanessa Wade, College of Health and Human Development) from any Penn State location who have at least two years of advising experience. Selection criteria are based on excellence in general advising, academic and career guidance, enthusiasm and assistance in decision-making and goal setting.
Hunt has been advising undergraduate students in rehabilitation and human services since she began teaching at Penn State in 1992. She also has served as the major’s Schreyer Honors College adviser since 1995. Although she typically works with 30 to 35 undergraduate advisees a year, this year she has 61 due both to growth in the major and to student requests that she be their adviser.
“I view the advisees I work with as responsible and capable adults who need support and guidance during their college experience,” she said. “I find that by treating the advisees in this way — by holding them accountable for their own decisions and their own academic programs — they are quickly able to meet and surpass their own expectations about how responsible they can be for their own education.”
The Achieving Women Award recognizes women who have shown notable leadership and accomplishment in their fields, and have gone beyond the requirements of employment duties and responsibilities in their support of the University’s diversity efforts, promotion of equal opportunity, or contribution to human causes and public service activities.
Edmondson has taught in the College of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction since 2000. She was awarded tenure in 2005 and was promoted to full professor in 2012. She was appointed associate dean for undergraduate studies in 2007 and her portfolio of responsibilities was expanded to include graduate studies.
“Dr. Edmondson’s record of accomplishment has continued to grow at an accelerated rate following her return to Penn State. She began as a tenure line faculty member in our language and literacy education program. She quickly established herself as an excellent and dedicated teacher at both the undergraduate and graduate levels,” one nominator said.
-- by Andy Elder (April 2013)