The President’s Award for Excellence in Academic Integration
Established in 1996, the President’s Award for Excellence in Academic Integration 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. Award recipients typically have a strong outreach component to their scholarly endeavors, including connections to communities not typically reached through their everyday work.
2020 President’s Award Honoree
Dr. Laura Guertin is the 2020 recipient of The President’s Award for Excellence in Academic Integration.
Guertin is a Professor of Earth Science at Penn State Brandywine, with an undergraduate degree in geology and Ph.D. in marine geology & geophysics from the University of Miami. Guertin’s primary research focus is the effective integration of innovative technologies to improve student learning in introductory-level geoscience courses, and the use of technology to advance scientific and information literacy in students. In addition to receiving campus and university-wide teaching awards, she has been recognized at the national level with the Geological Society of America’s Biggs Earth Science Teaching Award, elected as a Geological Society of America Fellow, and recognized as one of INSIGHT Into Diversity’s Top 100 Women in STEM. In 2008, she was awarded a U.S. Congressional Citation for her work in civic and community engagement. She blogs on geoscience education, educational technology and science communication for the American Geophysical Union (GeoEd Trek).
2019 President’s Award Honoree
Dr. Michael Berkman is the 2019 recipient of The President’s Award for Excellence in Academic Integration.
Berkman is a professor of Political Science, director of The McCourtney Institute for Democracy, and co-host of the Democracy Works podcast. His research on U.S. state politics and public policy has been published in journals such as the American Political Science Review and State Politics and Policy Quarterly. He has written three books, including with Evolution, Creationism, and the Battle for Control of America’s Classrooms (with Eric Plutzer). That work won the Don K. Price Award from the American Political Science Association, which annually recognizes the best book on science, technology, and environmental politics.
Berkman also has received the Raymond Lombra Award for Distinction in the Social or Life Sciences Award, which recognizes a tenured faculty member in the College of the Liberal Arts who has demonstrated excellence in research and scholarship in the social or life sciences. Berkman directs the Political Science honors program and has long served as an honors adviser. The College has honored Berkman for his service with the Outstanding Faculty Advising Award and Susan Welch Alumni Relations Award.
President’s Award Resources