The President’s Award for Excellence in Academic Integration
The 2016 recipient of The President’s Award for Excellence in Academic Integration is Marica Tacconi, Professor of Musicology and Associate Director of the School of Music in the College of Arts and Architecture. She joined the Penn State faculty in 1998 and teaches undergraduate and graduate music history. A native of central Italy, she is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy, and holds a B.A. from Williams College and a Ph.D. in musicology from Yale University.
The President’s Award is given to a full-time member of the University faculty who has exhibited extraordinary achievement in the integration of teaching, research or creative accomplishments, and service. The award, established in 1996 to recognize faculty members who have excelled in all three areas, comprises a special honorary certificate and a cash gift of $3,000. Award recipients typically have a strong outreach component to their scholarly endeavors, including connections to communities not typically reached through their everyday work.