The Society of Distinguished Educators
The Society of Distinguished Educators is comprised of faculty who have received the Distinguished Educator Award. The Society is a key resource for faculty development in education, as well as a source of scholarly work and educational research.
The Mission of the Society is to promote excellence in the education of physicians and scientists through:
- Serving as an advocate for the educational mission,
- Modeling successful teaching strategies,
- Encouragement and mentoring of faculty as educators,
- Recognizing teaching excellence among junior faculty by presentation of the Society's Junior Faculty Teaching Award,
- Providing a forum for exchange of ideas about teaching and curriculum,
- Optimizing the educational process through increased interaction between basic scientists and clinicians.
Each Distinguished Educator participates as an invited speaker in the Conversations with Distinguished Educators Seminar Series.
For more information please contact:
Michael Katzman - President
Download a list of Distinguished Educators 2003-present (pdf)
Download a brochure describing the Society of Distinguished Educators. (pdf)
The Society of Distinguished Educators is supported by the Penn State Hershey Woodward Endowment Fund.
Junior Faculty Teaching Award
Deadline to submit your letter to the president of the Society of Distinguished Educators is noon on Monday, November 16, 2015.
The Society of Distinguished Educators (SDE) established their Junior Faculty Teaching Award (JFTA) to recognize junior faculty members in the initial stages of their career who have demonstrated exceptional promise as educators at the Penn State College of Medicine and Hershey Medical Center. The award is presented by the Society as a means of recognizing and advocating for excellence in the educational missions of Penn State Hershey. Eligibility extends to full-time faculty members who hold the rank of assistant professor and who have been on the faculty for less than seven years at the time of nomination. Up to two awards will be presented annually: one to a clinical educator and one to a basic science educator.
- enthusiasm for teaching,
- flexibility in teaching strategies,
- adjustment of teaching style to meet the needs of various learners,
- alteration of teaching style in response to evaluation of teaching skills,
- provision of effective feedback to learners, and/or
- enthusiasm in mentoring and advising learners.
- development of curricula or courses;
- involvement as a course leader or as a leader of an educational program for their department or the institution;
- involvement on educational committees;
- development of assessment techniques; and/or
- participation in other undertakings that enhance the educational missions of Penn State Hershey.
- be recognized at the annual EdVenture celebration,
- have his or her name listed on a plaque displayed prominently in the lobby of the Penn State College of Medicine,
- receive a $1000 cash award to be used at the awardee's discretion, and
- give a presentation in the Conversations with Distinguished Educators Seminar Series.
2011 Betsy Aumiller, M.Ed., D.Ed. - Department of Public Health Sciences
2012 Loren Clarke,M.D. - Departments of Pathology and Dermatology
2013 Fauzia Mahr, M.D. - Department of Psychiatry
2013 Nicole Swallow, M.D. - Department of Medicine
2013 Tiffany Whitcomb, D.V.M. - Department of Comparative Medicine
2014 Brian Saunders, M.D. - Department of Surgery
2015 Ping Du, M.D., Ph.D. - Department of Public Health Sciences
2015 Susan Glod, M.D. - Department of Medicine