Professorís Teaching Contributions Honored with Two Awards

April 15, 2010

image of R. Scott Kretchmar

Dr. Scott Kretchmar, professor of exercise and sport science, has received two Penn State awards: the President's Award for Excellence in Academic Integration and the Graduate Faculty Teaching Award. Each award is presented annually to one faculty member at Penn State.

“This is surprising, gratifying, and humbling, all at the same time,” said Kretchmar. "I’ve always said that I have been very lucky to work in a college and department with terrific colleagues and excellent students. These awards only serve to reinforce those feelings."

“Scott is absolutely deserving of both awards and I can think of no better exemplar of the ideal graduate faculty member,” said Dr. Neil Sharkey, associate dean for research and graduate education in the College of Health and Human Development. “At the heart of all of Scott’s achievements is a genuine desire to do the very best for his students. He teaches students how to think and he is passionate in his efforts to promote not just good scholarship but good scholars—scholars that know from first-hand observation what it means to be truly altruistic and a true citizen of the academy. His students often go on to become exceptional scholars, with many of them in the process of building their own illustrious reputations in other universities across the country and beyond.  Our college is lucky to have him.”

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 and consists of a specially designed certificate and a cash gift in the amount of $3,000.

The Graduate Faculty Teaching Award recognizes faculty members for their outstanding teaching performance. The award is open to all University faculty members who have been tenured members of the graduate faculty for a minimum of seven years, who have demonstrated excellence in the supervision of graduate students with their theses work, and who have not yet received the University's highest accolade for teaching and scholarship (i.e., an Evan Pugh Professorship, a Distinguished Professorship, or the Eisenhower or Lindback Awards).


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