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Alumni/Student Award for Excellence in Teaching

(Teaching Fellow Award from 1986-2012)

This award, made possible by the Penn State Alumni Association, the Undergraduate Student Government, and the Graduate Student Association, recognizes distinguished teaching and provides a forum for encouraging effective teaching. Recipients are asked to share their talents and expertise with others throughout the University system. Year-long responsibilities may include such activities as participating in workshops and symposia, giving lectures or presentations on teaching techniques for new faculty and graduate assistants, taking part in discussions or seminars with students in the Schreyer Honors College, or teaching honors courses.

2021 Recipients

  • Fred Fonseca, Associate Professor, Information Sciences and Technology, University Park
  • Marinda Harrell-Levy, Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, Brandywine
  • Jessica Schocker, Associate Professor, Social Studies Education & Women's Studies, Berks


  • Julie Ealy, Associate Professor, Chemistry, Lehigh Valley
  • Eric Hudson, Associate Professor, Physics, Science, University Park
  • Kirwin Shaffer, Professor, Latin American Studies, Berks


  • Cory Scherer, Associate Professor, Psychology, Behavioral Science and Education, Schuylkill — Philosophy of Teaching
  • Gary Gray, Associate Professor, Engineering Science and Mechanics, Engineering, University Park — Philosophy of Teaching
  • Philip Bevilacqua, Professor, Chemistry, and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Science, University Park — Philosophy of Teaching


  • John Affleck, Associate Professor, Journalism, Communications, University Park—Philosophy of Teaching
  • Jeremy Blum, Associate Professor, Computer Science, Science, Engineering and Technology, Penn State Harrisburg—Philosophy of Teaching
  • Cheryl Nicholas, Associate Professor, Communication Arts & Sciences, Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Penn State Berks—Philosophy of Teaching


  • Charlotte Eubanks, Associate Professor, Comparative Literature, Japanese, and Asian Studies, Liberal Arts, University Park—Philosophy of Teaching
  • Nichola Gutgold, Professor, Speech Communications, Communication, Penn State Lehigh Valley—Philosophy of Teaching
  • Anne Vardo-Zalik, Associate Professor, Biology, Science, Penn State York—Philosophy of Teaching


  • Sarah Ades, Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Science, University Park—Philosophy of Teaching
  • Matthew Parkinson, Associate Professor, Engineering Design, Technology & Professional Programs, Engineering, University Park—Philosophy of Teaching
  • Charles Prettyman, III, Associate Professor, English, Liberal Arts, Penn State Fayette—Philosophy of Teaching


  • Deborah Eicher-Catt, Professor, Communication Arts and Sciences, Penn State York—Philosophy of Teaching
  • Shirley Moody-Turner, English and African American Studies, Liberal Arts, University Park—Philosophy of Teaching
  • Craig Zabel, Associate Professor, Art History, Arts and Architecture, University Park—Philosophy of Teaching


  • Jane Charlton, Professor, Astronomy and Astrophysics, University Park—Philosophy of Teaching
  • Richard Doyle, Professor, English, University Park—Philosophy of Teaching
  • Allen Larson, Associate Professor, Communications, New Kensington


  • Kvasny, Lynette, Associate Professor, Information Sciences and Technology, University Park—Philosophy of Teaching
  • Rotunno, Laura, Associate Professor, English and Honors Program Coordinator, Altoona—Philosophy of Teaching
  • Wood, Jennifer, Associate Professor, Communication Arts and Sciences, New Kensington—Philosophy of Teaching





  • Lyon, Janet, Associate Professor, English, University Park
  • McAllister, Matthew, Professor, Film/Video & Media Studies, University Park
  • Tawatnuntachai, Oranee, Associate Professor, Business Administration, Harrisburg


  • Esparragoza, Ivan, Associate Professor, Engineering, Brandywine
  • Roush, Sherry, Associate Professor, Italian, University Park
  • Strzelec, Rebecca, Associate Professor, Visual Arts, Altoona


  • Holdsworth, Deryck W., Professor, Geography, University Park
  • Nash, Philip, Associate Professor, History, Shenango
  • Null, Linda, Associate Professor, Computer Science, Harrisburg


  • Beierlein, James, Professor, Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, University Park
  • Gill, Deborah, Associate Professor, Spanish, DuBois
  • Houghton, Charlotte, Associate Professor, Art History, University Park


  • Harpster, Harold W., Associate Professor, Animal Sciences, University Park
  • Womack, Kenneth A., Associate Professor, English, Altoona


  • Kalsbeek, James T., Associate Professor, Architecture, University Park
  • Kurre, James A., Associate Professor, Economics, Erie


  • Hillman, Jennifer, Associate Professor , Psychology, Berks-Lehigh
  • Litzinger, Thomas A., Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University Park


  • Champagne, John, Associate Professor, English, Erie
  • Jenkins, Philip, Distinguished Professor, Religious Studies, University Park


  • Koch, Patricia, Professor, Biobehavioral Health, University Park


  • Corty, Eric W., Associate Professor, Clinical Psychology, Erie
  • Talmage, Gita, Associate Professor, Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, University Park


  • Johnson, John A., Professor, Psychology, DuBois
  • Johnson, Michael P., Associate Professor, Sociology and Women's Studies, University Park


  • Marshall, Ian, Professor, English, Altoona


  • Mansfield, Phyllis Kernoff, Professor, Women's Studies and Health Education, University Park


  • Harvey, Paul, Jr., Associate Professor, History, Classics and Mediterranean Study, University Park


  • West, Harry H., Associate Professor, Civil Engineering, University Park


  • Willits, Fern K., Professor, Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, University Park


  • Moore, John W., Jr., Associate Professor, English, University Park


  • Lowe, John P., Assistant Professor, Chemistry, University Park


  • Spence, Larry D., Associate Professor, Political Science, University Park


  • Kleindorfer, George B., Associate Professor, Quantitative Business Analysis, University Park


  • Secor, Marie J., Associate Professor, English, University Park


  • Uricchio, William C., Assistant Professor, Film, Television and Mass Communications, University Park


  • Speilvogel, Jackson J., Associate Professor, History, University Park


  • Ebbitt, Wilma R., Professor, English, University Park


  • Pennock, Roger, Jr., Professor, Soil Genesis, University Park

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