Undergraduate Program Leadership Award

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General Information

The Undergraduate Program Leadership Award recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates exemplary leadership benefiting an existing Penn State undergraduate degree program.  The award spotlights individuals whose leadership has transformed or revitalized an undergraduate program.  The recipient will receive a cash award of $1,000 and a plaque at the Faculty/Staff Recognition Luncheon each spring.  Examples of exemplary leadership may include, but are not limited to:

  • enhancement of the undergraduate curriculum (content, organization, or mode of delivery) within a program;
  • enhancement of student recruitment, professional development, and placement;
  • mentoring faculty colleagues to improve undergraduate education within a program;
  • enhancement of program diversity, educational quality, and resources;
  • show-casing of the program, providing national or international visibility;
  • promotion of professional ethics and the integration of ethics into all elements of undergraduate programming;
  • other efforts designed to enhance the internal and external stature of the undergraduate program.


Full-time faculty appointment within a degree-granting unit; demonstrated excellence in leadership of undergraduate education; not currently serving as an assistant or associate dean, head or chair of an academic department, school or division.

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Past Winners

2021 Laura Spielvogel Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
2015 Rich Carlson Psychology
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