Graduate Program Chair Leadership Award

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General Information

The Graduate Program Chair Leadership Award is meant to recognize faculty members for exemplary leadership benefiting graduate students and faculty in an existing graduate degree program at Penn State. Such leadership includes, but is not limited to: enhancement of student recruitment, professional development, and placement; mentoring and promotion of faculty and students in the program; enhancement of program diversity, educational quality, resources, and national visibility; promotion of professional ethics and its integration into all elements of graduate programming (academic, research, professional conduct, etc.); other efforts that enhance the stature of the graduate program both internally and externally. A faculty member may only receive this award once.


To be considered for this award, a faculty member must meet the following criteria:

  • Be an approved member of the graduate faculty at Penn State;
  • Current or recent chair of an existing graduate degree program;
  • Demonstrated excellence in leadership of graduate education.

Suggest a faculty member for nomination

Past Winners

2017 Vijay Krishna Economics
2014 David G. Atwill History and Asian Studies
2013 Barry Lee Sociology
2012 Gordon DeJong Sociology
2010 Robert Edwards English
2005 John McCarthy Sociology
2004 David Day Psychology
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