The Distinguished Educator Award

The Distinguished Educator Award recognizes exemplary educators among the faculty of the Penn State College of Medicine. Award recipients become members of the Society of Distinguished Educators.

To be eligible for a Distinguished Educator Award, faculty members must have held an appointment at the Penn State College of Medicine or Milton S. Hershey Medical Center for a minimum of three years and hold the rank of at least associate professor or equivalent. In addition to demonstrated excellence as a teacher, nominees will have made exceptional contributions in medical (which could include undergraduate or graduate) education and/or graduate student (which could include postdoctoral) education in one or more of the following ways:

  • Research in education (e.g., publications or grants)
  • Innovations in teaching methods or curriculum (e.g., new ways to teach subject matter)
  • Development of new assessment methods
  • Mentoring and development of faculty
  • Leadership in education (e.g., course director, program director, involvement at national level).

The Distinguished Educator Awardees receive:

  • The Distinguished Educator title
  • Membership in the Society of Distinguished Educators
  • Gift of a medallion signifying the wearer as a Distinguished Educator
  • Recognition on the Distinguished Educator plaque
  • A $1,500 financial award to be used at the discretion of the Distinguished Educator
  • Free rental of academic regalia for Commencement

Additional Information:

The Distinguished Educators Award is supported by the Penn State Hershey Woodward Endowment Fund