Meet the Dean
Welcome! Allow me to take just a few moments to offer my thoughts on what it means to be an SHC Scholar and how I think we ought to approach this academic life.
Penn State offers our students the chance to study just about any topic imaginable in any discipline conceivable. The SHC enables our Scholars opportunities to engage in this study to great depth and breadth, both here and abroad.
In the SHC, our students are afforded the benefits of a small, student-centered teaching environment with close interaction between faculty and student and the access and benefits of one of the best research universities in the world. These are great opportunities and I want to encourage you all to take advantage of them! In fact, there are so many opportunities that you may find it difficult to know where to begin so take advantage of us! Make an appointment with a member of the SHC staff and one of us will be happy to meet with you and discuss the possibilities.
All our Scholars are outstanding students, but Schreyer Scholars are called to be men and women of integrity, of high moral character, who employ their knowledge and skills for the betterment of society. This is the hallmark of Schreyer Scholars and what sets the SHC head and shoulders above other honors programs.
Our mission states that we seek to achieve academic excellence with integrity, build a global perspective, and be engaged in civic leadership. Because “honor” is not just about academic accolades – it is about knowing what is right and doing it.
You will often hear me say that answering the question “what is right” is something that each of us has to do for ourselves, yet we cannot answer it by ourselves. The answer comes from being honest and earnest within a community that will support and encourage you, a community like SHC.
I view my job as two-fold: to provide the means for you to succeed, whether that is through course offerings, research opportunities or funds for grants and scholarships; and to stand by you and with you as you make this journey.
I hope that you will contact me. Let the journey begin!
Christian M. M. Brady, D.Phil.
Dean, Schreyer Honors College
The Pennsylvania State University