Distinguished Honors Faculty Program
The Schreyer Honors College's Distinguished Honors Faculty Program brings select faculty together with Schreyer Scholars 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. So, engineering faculty may enter into discussions with students in the arts or business, a history professor may pose questions about aging in the 21st century, and music faculty may introduce the science of a symphony to anyone with an appreciative ear, not just music majors or amateur musicians. The result is robust dialogue and discourse on thought-provoking subjects that wouldn't fit neatly within a syllabus or curriculum of study.
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 2012-13 year, 15 faculty have been named Distinguished Honors Faculty.
In establishing the program, the college believes that to best prepare its students to learn and lead there is much merit in exposing those students to innovative thinking, expanding their understanding, and urging them to explore with guidance from some of the finest researchers, scientists, and intellectuals in our world today.
Announcements about upcoming DHF programs will be emailed to Schreyer Scholars over the course of the academic year. For more information, contact Associate Dean Dr. Nichola D. Gutgold at SHCAssocDean@psu.edu or at 814-865-4257.
10 Questions with Distinguished Honors Faculty Members
- Troy Ott - Associate Professor of Reproductive Physiology
- Willa Silverman - Professor of French and Jewish Studies
- Song Tan - Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
- Ann Killebrew - Associate Professor of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Jewish Studies, and Anthropology
- Peter Heaney - Professor of Mineral Sciences
- James Lyon - Professor of Music
- Conrad Tucker - Assistant Professor of Engineering Design
- Emily Grosholz - Professor of Philosophy, African American Studies, and English
- Rick Jacobs - Professor of Psychology
- April 25, 2011, Press Release announcing the Distinguished Honors Faculty Program