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The Excellence in Teaching Award honors and recognizes a faculty member in the College of Health and Human Development at The Pennsylvania State University for their excellence in teaching.

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Considerations for this award shall be given to all full-time faculty in the College of Health and Human Development at The Pennsylvania State University who have at least three years teaching experience at the Pennsylvania State University. Characteristics that will be considered will include, but are not limited to:

  • the quality and quantity of the teaching performance of candidates as judged by students and peers;
  • the quality and quantity of their interactions with students;
  • their dedication to instructional innovation;
  • the outcomes of their teaching; and
  • the sustained high quality of their performance.

Each award shall be for one academic year. Further extraordinary accomplishments by a recipient may enable that recipient to be again considered for this award.

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To submit a nomination, please complete the on-line nomination form and provide the following documentation:

  • One detailed letter of support that indicates how the candidate meets the award criteria.  The letter should be signed by the department head, one other faculty member, and two students who have been in courses taught by the nominee.
  • Updated curriculum vitae

(If a curriculum vitae is not submitted, the Dean's staff will provide documentation from Activity Insight for the nomination packet given to the selection committee.)

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There shall be one award made annually.

Nominations for this award shall be selected by a committee appointed by the Dean of the College of Health and Human Development, which may include students, faculty and alumni. The committee shall make recommendations to the Dean who will make the final selection.

Recipient will be notified early in the fall semester. A recognition gift and a monetary award will be presented to the recipient during the fall HHD Annual Awards Ceremony.

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If you have any questions about the award or nomination process, please call (814) 865-1428 or email