CAS Recipients of College and University Awards
The Department of Communication Arts and Sciences is a valued part of the College of the Liberal Arts and the Pennsylvania State University. Over the years, our faculty, students, and staff have been recognized by the College and University for their achievements in research, teaching, and service. Below is a listing of some of the awards that members of the CAS community have received, and you can find out which of our faculty, students, and staff have been honored over the years.
Faculty Scholar Medal (Penn State University)
The Faculty Scholar Medal is given to a full-time faculty member after a significant five-year project accumulates into a coherent theme that gives back to the university.
1993 Dennis Gouran
Howard B. Palmer Faculty Mentoring Award (Penn State University)
The Howard B. Palmer Faculty Mentoring Award recognizes a full-time faculty member with five years of active service who exhibits exemplary achievement in mentoring and guiding junior faculty.
1992 Dennis Gouran
Alumni Association Dissertation Award (Penn State University)
The Alumni Association Dissertation Award provides full funding to full-time doctoral students who have passed their comprehensive exams and defended their prospectuses. This award recognizes outstanding achievement in scholarship.
2015 Craig Rood
2007 Jessica Biededorf
Community Engagement and Scholarship Awards (Penn State University)
The Community Engagement and Scholarship Award recognizes up to two outstanding Penn State projects that serve both local and national needs.
2010 Michael Hecht
2010 Michelle Miller-Day
Raymond Lombra Award for Distinction in the Social or Life Sciences (College of the Liberal Arts)
The Raymond Lombra Award recognizes a tenured faculty member for his or her excellence in research or scholarship and has shown leadership in raising the research standards at the university.
2015 Denise H. Solomon
2008 Roxanne Parrott
2007 Jon Nussbaum
Class of 1933: Distinction in the Humanities Award (College of the Liberal Arts)
The Class of 1933: Distinction in the Humanities Award is given annually to a member of the faculty who inspires other scholars by making a significant contribution in the field.
2008 J. Michael Hogan
2007 Thomas Benson
2003 Stephen Browne
Emeritus Distinction Award (College of the Liberal Arts)
The Emeritus Distinction Award recognizes the outstanding achievement of an emeritus faculty member in one of the following categories: scholarship, teaching, service to the College, or public service.
n.d. Carroll Arnold
Service to the College Award (College of the Liberal Arts)
The Service to the College Award recognizes a tenure-line faculty member’s significant contributions to the department, college, and/or university.
2014 Denise H. Solomon
2006 Dennis Gouran
Pavoucek Shields Faculty Award (College of the Liberal Arts)
The Pavoucek Shields Faculty Award recognizes the accomplishments of a tenured faculty member in advising and mentoring on behalf of women at the university.
2015 Debra Hawhee
Outstanding Faculty Adviser Award (College of the Liberal Arts)
The Outstanding Faculty Adviser Award recognizes a full-time faculty member’s superior academic advising of undergraduates.
2003 Michelle Miller-Day
2001 Dennis Gouran
1986 Jeanne Lutz
1985 Richard Gregg
1979 Kathryn DeBoer
Outstanding Teaching Award for Tenure-Line Faculty (College of the Liberal Arts)
The Outstanding Teaching Award for Tenure-Line Faculty recognizes exceptional contributions to the undergraduate classroom for at least three years.
2006 Stephen Browne
1986 Douglas Pedersen
1980 Gerard Hauser
1976 Carroll Arnold
Outstanding Teaching Award for Non-Tenure Line Faculty (College of the Liberal Arts)
The Outstanding Teaching Award for Non-Tenure Line Faculty recognizes the significant contributions made to the undergraduate teaching program by a lecturer over three years or more.
2013 Robin Kramer
2008 Lori Bedell
1996 Cynthia M. Finch
Denise Haunani Solomon Liberal Arts Outstanding Teaching Award for Graduate Students (College of the Liberal Arts)
The Denise Haunani Solomon Liberal Arts Outstanding Teaching Award recognizes students whose accomplishments in the classroom have been deemed exceptional and who have thus made a significant contribution to the education of graduate students. The award is named for CAS faculty member Denise Solomon, in recognition of her commitment to excellence in graduate student teaching during her term as Associate Dean in the College of the Liberal Arts.
2015 Craig Rood
2012 Bonnie Sierlecki
2011 Andrew High
Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award (Penn State University)
The Harold F. Martin Award recognizes outstanding achievement by a graduate student in teaching.
2014 Anne Kretsinger-Harries
2013 Lindsey Aloia
2004 Sandra French
2003 Wendy L. Felato
1992 Paula Golombek
LASER Award (College of the Liberal Arts)
The LASER Award recognizes the dedication and hard work of the administrative staff to provide ongoing support for the educational environment.
2012 Robin Haynes
2010 Robin Orndorff
2007 Wendy Clark
The McKay Donkin Award (Penn State University)
Established in 1969 in honor of the late McKay Donkin, who served as vice president and treasurer of the University from 1957 to 1968, the award is presented to a full-time member of the faculty or staff or to a retiree who has contributed most to the “economic, physical, mental or social welfare of the faculty” of the University.
2017 Dennis Gouran