Schreyer Honors College (SHC)at Penn State

Distinguished Honors Faculty Program (DHFP)

DHFP discussion over tea

At the Schreyer Honors College we have an inspired program, The Distinguished Honors Faculty Program (DHFP), that at the heart is about sharing information and connecting with some of the most distinguished faculty at Penn State.

Select faculty together with Schreyer Scholars participate in innovative, interactive programs that extend learning way beyond classroom walls.

Sometimes over dinner table conversations, often during field trips, and always in small-group discussions on timely topics, Distinguished Honors Faculty and students share experiences and perspectives that may venture beyond the labels and definition of an academic major or course.

This is a program deeply rooted in the belief that when you create small group learning experiences that are relaxed, well-conceived and special, students and faculty connect with each other in profound ways. Over the past six years, hundreds of inspired programs — from visiting the Smithsonian to learning about the importance of effective and thoughtful end of life communication—our Scholars and our Distinguished Honors Faculty members have participated in transformational learning experiences.

Faculty members submit proposals outlining programs to be offered should they be selected for the program. Typically, faculty are selected to participate in the program for two consecutive academic years.

Announcements about upcoming Distinguished Honors Faculty Program activities will be e-mailed to Schreyer Scholars over the course of the academic year.

Faculty Members

James Adair headshot

James Adair Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Larry Catá Backer headshot

Larry Catá Backer Professor, Law and International Affairs

Rhonda Belue headshot

Rhonda Belue Associate Professor, Health Policy and Administration

Darlene Clark headshot

Darlene Clark Senior Lecturer, Nursing

Dennis Decoteau headshot

Dennis Decoteau Professor, Horticulture and Plant Ecosystem Health

Lori Francis headshot

Lori Francis Associate Professor, Biobehavioral Health

Matthew Jackson headshot

Matthew Jackson Department Head, Telecommunications

Jonathan Marks headshot

Jonathan Marks Associate Professor, Bioethics, Humanities, Law and Philosophy

Jon Nussbaum headshot

Jon Nussbaum Professor, Communication Arts and Sciences

John Sanchez headshot

John Sanchez Associate Professor, Journalism

Maura Shea headshot

Maura Shea Associate Department Head, Film/Video and Media Studies

Monique Yaari headshot

Monique Yaari Professor, French


For more information about the Distinguished Honors Faculty Program, please contact:

SHC Academic Team
(814) 865-4257

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