The Martha A. Fisher Award for Excellence in Teaching (for full-time faculty)


Penn State Mont Alto places a high value on excellence in teaching among its faculty. Appropriately each year the campus recognizes one outstanding full-time member of the faculty.

  • Students are asked to nominate outstanding teachers as defined by the criteria listed below.
  • Please note that nominees may be given a copy of the nominations on their behalf.

The Award

$500 stipend and a framed certificate


  • Instructor must teach at least four (4) sections per year at Penn State Mont Alto.
  • Instructor must be nominated by a student currently enrolled at Penn State Mont Alto.

Nomination Process & Criteria

Submit your nomination below.  Nominations will consist of the equivalent of up to a two (2) page typewritten paper discussing reasons the student believes the instructor is deserving of this teaching award. The nomination should address the following points:

  1. The ability of the instructor to clarify difficult concepts.
  2. The instructor’s respect for the students as individuals.
  3. The instructor’s knowledge of the subject.
  4. The instructor’s preparation for class.
  5. The instructor’s skill in encouraging students to participate in discussion.
  6. Other strengths that set this instructor apart from other faculty.


March 2nd

Past Recipients

2016       Ermek Nurkhaidarov
2015       Thomas Glumac
2014       Lauraine Hawkins
2012       Jacqueline Schwab
2011       James P. Hamilton
2010       Lauraine Hawkins
2009       Deborah Mirdamadi
2008       Michael Doncheski
2007       Lois Orndorf
2006       Elizabeth Brantley
2005       Freya Qually
2004       Beth Anne Neisser
2003       Sean Bohun
2002       John Bardi
2001       Nilka Diaz
2000       Robert Maurer
1999       G. Andrew Bartholomay
1998       James P. Hamilton
1997       Gary S. Webster
1996       John E. Long
1995       James A. Hale
1994       Siegfried Herzog
1993       James P. Hamilton
1992       Peggy A. Russo
1991       Siegfried Herzog
1990       Martha A. Fisher

Nomination Form

Please use this resizable area to write a detailed nomination - up to a two-page equivalent.
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