President's Award for Excellence in Academic Integration

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General Information

The President’s Award for Excellence in Academic Integration is given to a full-time member of the faculty of the University who has exhibited extraordinary achievement in the integration of teaching and research or creative accomplishments, and service. The award was established in 1996 to recognize faculty members who have excelled in all three areas of their professions


  1. The award is intended to celebrate accomplishments that are consistent with President Erickson’s goal for "Penn State to be the top University in the United States in the integration of teaching, research, and service." As such, the record of integration should, for the most part, reflect the accomplishments of the individual as a Penn State faculty member, although the entire record of achievement in a career may be considered.
  2. The purpose of the Award is to recognize integration in a broad sense over the full spectrum of teaching effectiveness; research and scholarship; and service to the University, the public, and the profession; rather than narrowly focused instances of integration.
  3. Nominees are expected to show a degree of excellence in each of the three separate areas of endeavor in addition to a common integrative thread that ties them together. It is, therefore, reasonable to expect that there would be some demonstrated recognition of excellence in one or more of the areas through previous citations or awards at the college, University, or national level.
  4. The achievements of nominees should be of such distinction that they have already earned for them the rank of Professor.

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Past Winners

2021 Kristin Buss Psychology
2019 Michael Berkman Political Science
2014 Paul Clark Labor and Employment Relations and Health Policy and Administration
2011 William Blair History
2009 Roger Finke Sociology
2008 Nancy Tuana Philosophy and Women's Studies
2002 Karen Linn Bierman Psychology
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