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Penn State Undergraduate Teaching Awards

Penn State recognizes extraordinary teachers of undergraduate students through three awards for undergraduate teaching, the Milton S. Eisenhower Award for Distinguished Teaching, the George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Penn State Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Teaching. The faculty honored are a highly select group with less than one-percent of full-time faculty considered for these awards each year.

Information about Eisenhower, Atherton, and Penn State Alumni Association Teaching Fellow awards is available on Penn State's Awards Recognition page.


If you would like to nominate a faculty member for a teaching award, please complete the Teaching Awards Nomination Form. Nominations are accepted year-round; however, those received after June 30 will be considered for the following year.

Candidate Selection Process

A brief explanation of the process is listed below. Full details, including the specific dates, are available at Timetable for Selection.

  • Candidate Identification (from nominations) – Nominations are sent to campus and college administrators. Using the eligibility criteria each college and campus determines which nominees will become candidates. Units do not select candidates for a particular award and are considered based on their eligibility.
  • Candidate Packet Preparation – Candidate's academic unit prepares an information packet and submits for review.
  • Candidate Packet Review – The packets are reviewed by a committee of peers, including fellow faculty and Administrators from across the university as well as students using the review criteria.
  • Final Selection – The review committees prepare a rank-ordered list of preferred candidates to the president for the final decisions.

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