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Penn State Mont Alto announces student-nominated faculty teaching awards

5/18/2010 —

Penn State Mont Alto recently announced the winners of the 2010 Martha A. Fisher Awards for Excellent in Teaching. The awards are purposed to recognize two outstanding faculty members each year – one full-time professor and one adjunct professor. This award affords students the opportunity to nominate a professor by submitting a two-page paper discussing the reasons the student believes an instructor is deserving of it.

The 2010 Martha A. Fisher Award recipients are Dr. Lauraine Hawkins, assistant professor of biology (full-time), and Jennifer Harp, instructor in library studies (adjunct).

Dr. Hawkins’ nomination included the following statement from one of her students, “She is sincerely concerned for her students. Although office hours are posted, Dr. Hawkins makes herself available most of the time. She will spend the amount of time necessary to explain a difficult subject.” Of Jennifer Harp, a student offered, “I am currently taking [a] class on archival management. I find this topic to be somewhat overwhelming and boring at times. [Ms. Harp] breaks down the professional jargon in a way that can be easily understood to someone not in the profession, and [she] does a great job making it more interesting by adding stories from her experiences in the field.”

“The quality and care of our faculty make Penn State Mont Alto a leader in higher education in our four-county region,” said Chancellor Dr. David C. Gnage. “It is a pleasure to recognize Dr. Hawkins and Ms. Harp for their excellence in teaching as noted by their own students.”

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