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Faculty and Staff Congratulations (Compiled June 2014)

A compilation of awards and honors won by faculty and staff.

Kathy Bieschke, professor of counseling psychology, was awarded the 2013 Outstanding Service Award: Faculty by Penn State’s Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Equity. The award recognizes outstanding service regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) concerns at Penn State.

Jody Harpster, systems analyst in the Carrara Education Technology Center, and Emily Martell, financial officer, received the Vice Provost for IT Impact Award for Resource Responsibility. They were recognized for streamlining the process of delivering, procuring and delivering systems in the college. By using an existing ticketing system, no new costs were incurred. They each received a framed certificate, as well as recognition at an awards ceremony.
Read the Penn State News story here.

William Hartman, professor of educational leadership and director of the Center for Total Quality Schools, received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the National Education Finance Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. The award is in recognition of contributions to education over a lifetime and is particularly intended to applaud the accomplishments of individuals who have devoted their professional careers to enhancing the funding of education for all learners.
At the same conference, Timothy Shrom, one of Hartman’s former students who received his Ph.D. in educational leadership in 2013, received the Outstanding Dissertation Award for his dissertation titled, “Object Lessons: Examination of Spending and Revenue Patterns in Pennsylvania K-12 Public School Districts: 1998 through 2008.” The criteria for the award include importance of the topic, creativity, significance of the results, technical competence, and contribution to the field.

Karen Murphy, professor of education, presented at the 20th Annual Coalition for National Science Funding Exhibition and Reception in May on behalf of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).
Murphy, who is serving as the vice president of Division C (Learning and Instruction) and as a member of the executive council of AERA, presented an exhibit on her latest research project, Quality Talk, at the Rayburn House Office Building.
Read more here.

Mark Threeton, assistant professor of workforce education and associate director of the Professional Personnel Development Center for Career and Technical Education, was honored with the 2014 Assistant Professor Award by The University Council for Workforce Education. Threeton was selected from nominees of the University Council’s member universities. The University Council for Workforce Education represents the nation’s universities that provide leadership for teaching, research and service initiatives in career and technical education and human resource development.

Jerry Trusty, professor of education, was honored as School Counselor Educator of the Year by the Pennsylvania School Counselors Association.