George W. Atherton Award Recipients

(Amoco Award from 1978 to 1988)

The George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching, named for the seventh president of the University (1882-1907), is presented each year to four faculty members who have devoted substantial effort to undergraduate teaching.

2019 Recipients

  • Andrew Baxter, Associate Teaching Professor, Mathematics, Science, University Park—Philosophy of Teaching
  • Jacqueline Bortiatynski, Associate Teaching Professor, Chemistry, Science, University Park—Philosophy of Teaching
  • Liliana Naydan, Assistant Professor, English, Arts and Humanities, Penn State Abington—Philosophy of Teaching
  • Sarah Rich, Associate Professor, Art History, Arts and Architecture, University Park—Philosophy of Teaching
  • John Roth, Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Engineering, Penn State Behrend— Philosophy of Teaching
  • Jennifer Zosh, Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, Health and Human Development, Penn State Brandywine—Philosophy of Teaching


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2018 Recipients2018 Recipients
  • Fred Aebli, Lecturer, Information Sciences and Technology, Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State Worthington Scranton—Philosophy of Teaching
  • Elaine Barry, Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, Health and Human Development, Penn State Fayette—Philosophy of Teaching
  • Mary Connerty, Associate Teaching Professor, English, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Penn State Erie—Philosophy of Teaching
  • Dennis Decoteau, Professor, Horticulture, Agricultural Sciences, University Park—Philosophy of Teaching
  • Frederico Fonseca, Associate Professor, Information Sciences and Technology, Information Sciences and Technology, University Park— Philosophy of Teaching
  • Michael Janik, Professor, Chemical Engineering, Engineering, University Park—Philosophy of Teaching
2017 Recipients2017 Recipients
2016 Recipients2016 Recipients
2015 Recipients2015 Recipients
2014 Recipients2014 Recipients
2013 Recipients2013 Recipients
2012 Recipients2012 Recipients
2011 Recipients2011 Recipients
2010 Recipients2010 Recipients
  • Anner, Mark, Assistant Professor, Labor Studies and Employee Relations, University Park
  • Bates, Elizabeth, Instructor, Nursing, Hershey
  • Cody, Thomas, Instructor, Music, University Park
  • Eaton, Melissa (Missa), Assistant Professor, Psychology, Shenango
  • Park, Byeong-Chul, Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, DuBois
  • Warley, Russell, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Erie-Behrend
2009 Recipients2009 Recipients
  • Hardin, Marie, Associate Professor, Journalism, University Park
  • Matsoukas, Themis, Professor, Chemical Engineering, University Park
  • Novack, Robert A., Associate Professor, Supply Chain and Information Systems, University Park
  • Pluhar-Adams, Evelyn, Professor, Philosophy, Fayette
2008 Recipients2008 Recipients
  • August, Andrew, Associate Professor, History, Abington
  • Drafall, Lynn E., Associate Professor, Music, University Park
  • Dudkin, Elizabeth A., Associate Professor, Biology, Brandywine
  • Petrulionis, Sandra H., Professor, English and American Studies, Altoona
2007 Recipients2007 Recipients
  • Morris, Gregory, Professor, American Literature, Erie
  • Reardon, Carol, Professor, Military History, University Park
  • Samarth, Nitin, Professor, Physics, University Park
  • Turkes, Doris, Assistant Professor, Sociology and Women's Studies, Berks
2006 Recipients2006 Recipients
  • Curran, Brian A., Associate Professor, Art History, University Park
  • Guertin, Laura A., Assistant Professor, Earth Sciences, Delaware County
  • Reilly, Jennifer Marchand, Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, Mont Alto
  • Speel, Robert W., Associate Professor, Political Science, Erie
2005 Recipients2005 Recipients
  • Dirsmith, Mark W., Deloitte & Touche Professor, Accounting, University Park
  • Greene, Paul D., Associate Professor, Ethnomusicology and Integrative Arts, Delaware County
  • Pisupati, Sarma V., Associate Professor, Energy and Geo-Environmental Engineering, University Park
  • Shull, Peter J., Associate Professor, Engineering, Altoona
2004 Recipients2004 Recipients
  • Belmonte, Andrew, Assistant Professor, Mathematics, University Park
  • Costantino, Roselyn, Associate Professor, Spanish & Women's Studies, Altoona
  • Miller, Linda P., Professor, English, Abington
  • Weiner, Michael, Associate Professor, Mathematics, Altoona
2003 Recipients2003 Recipients
  • DeReus, Lee Ann, Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, Altoona
  • Franceschina, John, Distinguished Professor, Theatre, University Park
  • Hamilton, William, Assistant Professor, Biology, New Kensington
  • McLaughlin, Jacqueline, Assistant Professor, Biology, Berks-Lehigh
2002 Recipients2002 Recipients
  • McGregor, Annette, Associate Professor, Theatre, University Park
  • Shibley, Ivan (Ike), Associate Professor, Chemistry, Berks
  • Szymczak, Robert, Associate Professor, History, Beaver
  • Woodbridge, Linda, Professor, English, University Park
2001 Recipients2001 Recipients
  • Doyle, Richard M., Associate Professor, English, University Park
  • Higson, Nigel D., Distinguished Professor, Mathematics, University Park
  • Markley, Arnold A., Assistant Professor, English, Delaware County
  • Simpson, John M., Associate Professor, Chemistry, Beaver
2000 Recipients2000 Recipients
  • Becker, Robin G., Associate Professor, English, University Park
  • McMullen, Wayne J., Associate Professor, Speech Communications, Delaware County
  • McWilliams, John C., Associate Professor, History, DuBois
  • Miller, Arthur C., Professor, Civil Engineering, University Park
1999 Recipients1999 Recipients
  • Engel, Renata S., Professor, Engineering Science & Mechanics, University Park
  • Greenberg, Amy S., Associate Professor, History, University Park
  • Robinett, Richard W., Associate Professor, Physics, University Park
  • Vallone, Anthony J., Associate Professor, English, DuBois
1998 Recipients1998 Recipients
  • Brown, Douglas K., Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Science, Altoona
  • Kulakowski, Bohdan T., Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University Park
  • Moore, Dinty, Professor, English and Liberal Arts, Altoona
  • Schulze, Robin, Associate Professor, English, University Park
1997 Recipients1997 Recipients
  • Cimbala, John M., Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University Park
  • Knodt, Ellen, Assistant Professor, English, Ogontz
  • Kur, Barry, Associate Professor, Theatre Arts, University Park
  • Walton, Lisa Williams, Professor, Business Logistics, University Park
1996 Recipients1996 Recipients
  • Arnold, Douglas N., Professor, Mathematics, University Park
  • Cyr, Richard J., Assistant Professor, Biology, University Park
  • Gergen, Mary, Associate Professor, Psychology, Delaware County
  • Norbert, Mary, Associate Professor, History, Worthington-Scranton
1995 Recipients1995 Recipients
  • Georgopulos, Peter, Professor, Physics, Delaware County
  • Gutierrez, John, Associate Professor, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, University Park
  • Jackson, Jennifer, Associate Professor, English, University Park
  • Kelly, William, Assistant Professor, Theater and Integrative Arts, University Park
1994 Recipients1994 Recipients
  • Chandra, M. Jeya, Associate Professor, Industrial & Management Systems Eng, University Park
  • Findeis, Jill L., Associate Professor, Agricultural Economics, University Park
  • Holmes, Charlotte A., Associate Professor, English, University Park
  • Ousey, John R., Associate Professor, Environmental Sciences, Delaware County
1993 Recipients1993 Recipients
  • Bechtel, Lori J., Professor, Health Education, Altoona
  • Clark, Deborah L., Associate Professor, English and Women's Studies, University Park
  • Severance, Sibyl L., Associate Professor, English, Delaware County
  • Yoder, M. Daniel, Associate Professor, Music, University Park
1992 Recipients1992 Recipients
  • Black, Robert C., Assistant Professor, Biology, Delaware County
  • Engelbret, William G., Associate Professor, Accounting, Altoona
  • Marme, Douglas R., Professor, Theater Arts, University Park
  • Stephenson, Andrew G., Associate Professor, Biology, University Park
1991 Recipients1991 Recipients
  • Berkowitz, Leonard J., Professor, Philosophy, York
  • Manbeck, Harvey B., Associate Professor, Agricultural Engineering, University Park
  • Price, R. Alan, Associate Professor, English, Hazleton
  • Soulsby, Marlene A. Pilarcik, Associate Professor, German and Humanities, Worthington-Scranton
  • Youngquist, Paul B., Assistant Professor, English, University Park
1990 Recipients1990 Recipients
  • Ayoub, Ayoub B., Assistant Professor, Mathematics, Ogontz
  • Burness, James, Associate Professor, Chemistry, York
  • Franz, George W., Assistant Professor, History, Delaware County
  • Shobaken, Bruce, Associate Professor, Art, University Park
1989 Recipients1989 Recipients
  • Eckhardt, Robert B., Associate Professor, Anthropology, University Park
  • Mustazza, Leonard, Professor, English, Ogontz
  • Pannaparayil, Thomas, Assistant Professor, Physics, Shenango
  • Pencek, Richard W., Associate Professor, Exercise and Sport Science, University Park
1988 Recipients1988 Recipients
  • No Recipients Listed
1987 Recipients1987 Recipients
  • Kleindorfer, George B., Associate Professor, Quantitative Business Analysis, University Park
  • Santulli, Michael A., Associate Professor, Philosophy, Hazleton
1986 Recipients1986 Recipients
  • Abt, Vicki, Associate Professor, Sociology, Ogontz
  • Eisenstein, James, Professor, Political Science, University Park
  • Geschwindner, Louis F., Jr., Associate Professor, Architectural Engineering, University Park
  • Kevelson, Roberta, Associate Professor, Philosophy, Berks
1998 Recipients1985 Recipients
  • Frankforter, A. Daniel, Associate Professor, History, Behrend-Erie
  • Litvin, Daniel B., Associate Professor, Physics, Berks
  • Lowe, John P., Associate Professor, Chemistry, University Park
  • Shellenberger, Paul, Professor, Dairy Science, University Park
1984 Recipients1984 Recipients
  • Ebbitt, Wilma R., Professor, English, University Park
  • Kersnick, Michael A., Professor, Business Administration, Delaware County
  • Lennox, John E., Assistant Professor, Microbiology, Altoona
  • Pennock, Roger, Jr., Associate Professor, Soil Genesis and Morphology, University Park
1983 Recipients1983 Recipients
  • Cornwell, Paul R., Professor, Psychology, University Park
  • Hostetler, Robert P., Associate Professor, Mathematics, Behrend-Erie
  • Kabel, Robert L., Professor, Chemical Engineering, University Park
  • Smith, James F., Jr., Associate Professor, English and American Studies, Ogontz
1982 Recipients1982 Recipients
  • Butt, David E., Associate Professor, Speech Communications, University Park
  • Lerner, Richard M., Professor, Child and Adolescent Development, University Park
  • Rizzolo, Patricia, Assistant Professor, English, Ogontz
  • Simonsen, August H., Assistant Professor, Environmental Science, McKeesport
1981 Recipients1981 Recipients
  • Goldschmidt, Arthur, Jr., Associate Professor, History, University Park
  • Haas, Charles G., Jr., Professor, Chemistry, University Park
  • Mercando, Meil A., Assistant Professor, Biology, Ogontz
  • Shaevel, M. Leonard, Associate Professor, Physics, Hazleton
1980 Recipients1980 Recipients
  • Aurand, Harold W., Associate Professor, History, Hazleton
  • Goodwin, H. Eugene, Professor (Retired), Journalism, University Park
  • Mills, Moylan C., Associate Professor, English, Humanities and Arts, Ogontz
  • Mitchell, Robert B., Associate Professor, Biology, University Park
1979 Recipients1979 Recipients
  • Cash, Erskine H., Associate Professor, Animal Science, University Park
  • Hirshfield, Claire, Associate Professor, History, Ogontz
  • Keiper, Ronald R., Associate Professor, Biology, Mont Alto
  • Wickersham, Edward W., Associate Professor, Zoology, University Park
1978 Recipients1978 Recipients
  • Babcock, Bruce S., Assistant Professor, Mathematics, York
  • Georgopulos, Peter D., Associate Professor, Physics, Delaware County
  • Parks, Sara Clemen, Associate Professor, Dietetics, University Park
  • Shepherd, Stanley J., Associate Professor, Physics, University Park