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Teaching and Advising Awards

As one of the premiere institutions in the country offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in the agricultural and renewable natural resources, and a belief that quality of instruction, teaching and academic advising by outstanding and dedicated faculty and staff is pivotal to student learning and success and central to the education mission of the college, the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State University strives to recognize and promote excellence in teaching.

Four annual college-wide awards programs exist:

  • Community of Teaching Excellence Award (est. 2000)
  • Community of Advising Excellence Award (est. 2013)
  • NACTA Teaching Award of Merit (reinstituted in 2007)
  • Paul R. and Joan M. Shellenberger Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (est. 2010).

The Community of Teaching Excellence Award and the Community of Advising Excellence Award are offered solely through and by the college and may have multiple recipients on any given year. The NACTA Teaching Award of Merit is awarded by the college to one individual each year as part of our institutional membership in the NACTA Association (North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture).  The Paul R. and Joan M. Shellenberger Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching is awarded by the college to one individual for one academic year.

All four teaching and advising recognition programs are critically reviewed and competitively awarded by the college’s Faculty Awards Committee. The Community of Teaching Excellence Award is also reviewed by standing members of the Academy of Teaching Excellence and the Community of Advising Excellence Award is also reviewed by standing members of the Academy of Advising Excellence. All awards programs carry financial award and recognition.

It is recommended that previous award winners of the Community of Teaching Excellence Award and the Community of Advising Excellence wait 2-3 years before resubmitting their packet for consideration to allow for a collection of evidence that portrays continuous improvement and contributions to the scholarship of teaching.

Due Date

5:00 PM Friday, November 10, 2017

Questions and comments as well as completed nomination packets for the 2017 Teaching and Advising Awards must be submitted to:

Tracy Hoover
Office for Undergraduate Education - 101 Ag Administration Bldg.,
College of Agricultural Sciences, Pennsylvania State University,
University Park  PA 16802-2602

Phone: 814-865-7521

tsh102@psu.edu

Notification

Award recipients will be notified at the end of fall semester and formally recognized at the spring College of Agricultural Sciences Celebration of Excellence Ceremony.

Tenure track faculty, tenured faculty and instructors are eligible for the Community of Teaching Excellence Award; This recognition can be received multiple times, potentially leading to induction of recipients into the prestigious Academy of Teaching Excellence.

In an attempt to properly recognize and encourage faculty early in their professional careers, tenure track and non-tenure track faculty and instructors, with less than five (5) years of teaching experience at Penn State will be considered for the NACTA Teaching Award of Merit; this recognition can only be awarded once.

The Paul R. and Joan M. Shellenberger Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching; this recognition is for full-time instructors (rank of instructor) with teaching appointments (not on tenure track) in the College of Agricultural Sciences who exhibit excellence in undergraduate teaching and contribute significantly to the education of undergraduate students

The Community of Advising Excellence recognizes outstanding academic advisers in the College of Agricultural Sciences. All tenure track and tenured faculty as well as staff who advise undergraduate students and who are subject to the student response to advising effective process are eligible for nomination.