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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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