Denise Haunani Solomon Liberal Arts Outstanding Teaching Award for Graduate Students

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General Information

This award recognizes graduate students in the College of the Liberal Arts whose accomplishments in the classroom are deemed to be exceptional and who have thus made a significant contribution to the educations of our undergraduate students. In 2012 this award was named for former associate dean for research and graduate studies and current professor of Communication Arts and Sciences, Denise Solomon. Denise is a wonderful teacher and mentor who embodies the excellence in teaching this award recognizes.

For more information contact Alena Sunderland, (814) 865-1439, .


To be considered for this award, a graduate student must:

  • be full time as either a Teaching Assistant or a Fixed-Term 2 appointment;
  • have independent responsibility for a class or classes or be a faculty teaching assistant in a large lecture class;
  • have taught at Penn State for at least one year;
  • be an M.A., M.F.A., or Ph.D. degree candidate;
  • have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in graduate work.

Past Winners

2021 Emily Smith English
Nicole Yokum Philosophy
2020 Ryan Pilcher French and Francophone Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Johnathan Smilges English and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
2019 Stacey Mitchell Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese
Brice Peterson English
2018 Nora Vosburg German
2017 Lieselotte Sippel Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures
2016 Max Jensen Comparative Literature
2015 Craig Rood Communication Arts and Sciences
2014 Lee Hannah Political Science
2013 Sophia Khadraoui French and Francophone Studies
Philip Hnatkovich History
2012 Aaron Krempa Philosophy
Sarina Maneotis Psychology
Bonnie Sierlecki Communication Arts and Sciences
2011 Andrew High Communication Arts and Sciences
Spencer Delbridge History
2010 Giuseppina Iacono English
2009 Kwanghyun Park Applied Linguistics
Jared Hibbard-Swanson Philosophy
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