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Teaching Awards Eligibility Criteria

Atherton Award

  • Undergraduate teaching as a primary responsibility
  • Full-time appointment at Penn State (term or non-term)
  • Pre-tenure, tenured, teaching or clinical faculty
  • Minimum of 3 years at Penn State teaching undergraduates full-time
  • Previous recipients are not eligible for another Atherton award.

Eisenhower Award

  • Undergraduate teaching as a primary responsibility
  • Full-time appointment at Penn State (non-term only)
  • Tenured
  • Minimum of 10 years at Penn State teaching undergraduates full-time
  • Evidence of:
    • mentoring other Penn State faculty
    • sharing teaching expertise with other faculty
    • career-long commitment to undergraduate teaching

    Previous recipients are not eligible for another Eisenhower Award.

Alumni/Student Award for Excellence in Teaching

  • Undergraduate teaching as a primary responsibility
  • Full-time appointment at Penn State (standing only)
  • Tenured
  • Minimum of 3 years at Penn State teaching undergraduates full-time
  • Additional Alumni Association obligations
  • Previous recipients of a Teaching Fellow or this award are not eligible for another.

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