The Pennsylvania State University-Schreyer Honors College

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

Over dinner table conversations, during field trips, and 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.

Here is just a sample of the vibrant events lined up for this year:

An American Indian Facts Dinner
A sharing of information and food that explores stereotypes about American Indian culture. Another related event takes students to an American Indian Reservation (and there's good food, of course).
The Science and Ethics of Knowing Your Complete Genetic Information
Dinner and a film on the topic of genetics with follow-up discussion.
A Fireside Chat
A sit-down discussion regarding civic values in the United States and Sweden (with tasty sandwiches).
Beethoven's Ninth Symphony
A chance to explore Beethoven's Ninth Symphony while enjoying dinner at the Nittany Lion Inn.
Hershey's Chocolates
A tour of Hershey's distribution center and dinner with business professionals.

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.

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.

The program was piloted in the 2010-11 academic year with a handful of inaugural faculty. For the 2013-14 year, 17 faculty have been named.

Announcements about upcoming Distinguished Honors Faculty Program activities will be e-mailed to Schreyer Scholars over the course of the academic year. For more information, contact Associate Dean Dr. Nichola Gutgold at or at (814) 865-4257.

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