Teaching Awards Presented to Trio of Penn College Faculty

Three Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty members were honored at Spring 2017 Commencement ceremonies for their teaching prowess. Their awards were presented May 12-13 at the Community Arts Center.

As part of the Distinguished Teaching Awards program at Penn College, President Davie Jane Gilmour presented a Veronica M. Muzic Master Teacher Award to J.D. Mather, assistant professor of engineering design technology.

Two faculty members received Excellence in Teaching Awards: Nicholas L. Stephenson, instructor of graphic design, and Mary G. Trometter, assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts.

J.D. Mather, assistant professor of engineering design technology at Penn College, is presented with the Veronica M. Muzic Master Teacher Award (the highest honor bestowed upon faculty) by President Davie Jane Gilmour.

Since the Distinguished Teaching Awards program began in 1982, awards have been presented to 104 honorees (31 Master Teacher Awards and 73 Excellence in Teaching Awards).

The Veronica M. Music Master Teacher Award is the highest honor accorded to a faculty member at Penn College. The recipient is chosen from faculty nominees having at least six years of successful teaching. The award is “representative of the very best faculty, dedicated to providing the highest quality of experience to students.”

Mather, who has taught at Penn College since 1999, holds an associate degree from John Tyler Community College, a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech, and master’s and doctoral degrees from East Tennessee State University.

Some comments from Mather’s nominating documentation include:

Excellence in Teaching Awards are presented each May to full-time faculty members who are nominated by students and colleagues for excellence in instructional performance.

Nicholas L. Stephenson, instructor of graphic design at Penn College, is presented with an Excellence in Teaching Award.

A six-year member of the Penn College faculty, Stephenson holds two bachelor’s degrees from Susquehanna University and a master’s degree from Marywood University.

His nominators said of Stephenson:

A member of the Penn College faculty since 1990, Trometter holds an associate degree from Penn College, as well as a bachelor’s degree from Widener University and a master’s degree from Wilkes University.

Mary G. Trometter, assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts, receives an Excellence in Teaching Award from the college president.

Trometter’s nominators said of her qualities:

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