UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Recently tenured and promoted Penn State faculty across the University were honored Oct. 2 through Penn State’s Promotion and Tenure Recognition Program, now in its 21st year.
Honorees, their guests and invited colleagues were welcomed by Faye A. Chadwell, dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications, during a private event held in the Paterno Family Humanities Reading Room on the second floor of Pattee Library at the University Park campus.
“It is a privilege for the University Libraries to host this event that celebrates the academic and professional achievement of Penn State’s faculty,” Chadwell said. “We take great pride in the part that the Libraries plays in your teaching and research and therefore ultimately in your success.”
As part of that tradition, each newly tenured or promoted faculty member is asked to select a book title for the University Libraries’ permanent collection and to submit a personal statement explaining why they chose that book. The Libraries purchases titles that are not already in its collection and affixes each with a bookplate to commemorate the faculty member’s achievement.
“Every day, you create powerful educational experiences for our students, facilitate positive outcomes across the University and make meaningful impacts on our world,” said Justin Schwartz, executive vice president and provost, to the honorees. “Through this annual recognition reception, Penn State continues a meaningful tradition of commemorating your achievements.”
Each faculty cohort’s book selections and personal statements are listed online, searchable by year and by last name. Faculty members’ selected titles and words of dedication were on display at the Oct. 2 event.
“Promotion and tenure isn’t something that just happens,” said Penn State President Neeli Bendapudi to the honorees. “You have earned this. This accomplishment reflects the fact that you have distinguished yourself as an expert in your field, an inspiration and a model for your colleagues, and that you have contributed in a significant way to advancing the collective knowledge of humankind — truly one of the highest-minded and most noble pursuits to which we can dedicate ourselves in life.”
To read each faculty member’s entry and learn more, visit the Promotion and Tenure Recognition Program website.