The Penn State Alumni Association, in conjunction with undergraduate and graduate governing bodies, established the award in 1988. It honors distinguished teaching and provides encouragement and incentive for excellence in teaching. Recipients are expected to share their talents and expertise with others throughout the University system during the year following the award presentation.
“As a faculty member, I feel a responsibility to my students to help them succeed, not only in the classroom, but as they consider how they will apply the lessons to their lives. As a student, I had great teachers who felt that same responsibility, and I learned so much from them,” said Gutgold. “It is a tremendous honor, especially because I am an alumna, to receive this teaching award from the Penn State Alumni Association, and I feel highly motivated to give back to Penn State all that has been given to me.”
For more about Gutgold and her achievement, read the 2018 Penn State Teaching Fellows article.
“We are incredibly proud and impressed by both Dr. Parker and Dr. Gutgold. The way Dr. Parker engages her students with the community and enhances their education with impactful out-of-the-classroom experience is impressive. Dr. Gutgold empowers her students to find their own voice, all while guiding and helping them grow in their own successful endeavors. We are very fortunate to have both professors at the Lehigh Valley campus and are thankful that the University recognized their efforts,” said Douglas Hochstetler, interim director of academic affairs, Penn State Lehigh Valley.