Penn State Laureate

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General Information

The laureate is a highly visible representative of the University and brings an enhanced level of social, cultural, artistic, and human perspective and awareness to a broad array of audiences.  The position provides an opportunity to bring greater visibility to a faculty member’s work, to bring great credit to Penn State, and to add a more human dimension to the conduct of the usual affairs and business of the Commonwealth, the University, and communities.


The laureate can be a poet laureate, humanities laureate, or fine arts laureate.  The individual selected to be the laureate will be available to appear regularly at University events at University Park, on the Commonwealth Campuses, and throughout the state at community and state-wide events. The laureate must be a full-time faculty member who will be assigned half-time to serve as the University Laureate for one academic year.

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Past Winners

2015 Carol Reardon, George Winfree Professor Emerita of American History
2010 Robin Becker, Liberal Arts Research Professor Emerita of English and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
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