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Mont Alto Recognizes Faculty Excellence

5/14/2009 —

Penn State Mont Alto’s 60 full-time faculty members are actively engaged in research and scholarship. In the past year alone they have published six books, written eight book chapters, had 16 refereed journal articles published, and they made 13 presentations at academic conferences in the United States and abroad.

Dr. Peter Dendle, associate professor of English, has been awarded the Penn State Mont Alto 2009 Faculty of the Year Award. He will carry the ceremonial mace and the lead the academic procession at the University's 2009 Spring Commencement ceremony on May 16. 

During 2008, Dendle was co-editor, with Dr. Alain Touwaide, of a collection of essays entitled Health and Healing from the Medieval Garden, published by Boydell Press (2008) for which he wrote the “Introduction” and contributed a chapter.  He had a paper published in the Journal of British Studies, had a co-authored paper accepted in the Journal of Early Medicine (both leading journals in his field), submitted a book review to the journal Envoi, and presented three papers at professional meetings.  He also organized a major international academic conference held at the University of Toronto in October 2008 on the Devil in Pre-Modern Society.  Lastly, his book-length manuscript entitled Demon Possession in Anglo-Saxon England was accepted for publication by Western Michigan University Press’s Medieval Institute Publications and will appear in May 2010.

“Both the quantity and the quality of Dendle’s scholarly achievements make it an honor to grant him our most prestigious research/scholarship award,” says Chancellor David C. Gnage.

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