Six College of Health and Human Development students receive teaching award

Six students in the College of Health and Human Development are among the ten selected to receive Penn State’s Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award. The award is provided to students who have excelled in their teaching for two semesters in the past two years, and each recipient receives $500.

The recipients from the College of Health and Human Development are:

Jeanette M. Bennett ’07g BB H, a fourth-year Ph.D. student in Biobehavioral Health. Ms. Bennett was recognized for teaching Interdisciplinary Integration in Biobehavioral Health (BB H 311) and Pharmacological Influences on Health (BB H 451). She plans on staying in the academic world to research stress and its effects on health, specifically the physiology of neuroendocrine and immune systems when individuals experience stress.

Andrew W. Porter ’04 Phil, a third-year Ph.D. student in Biobehavioral Health. Mr. Porter has taught four courses in Biobehavioral Health: Introduction to Health and Human Sexuality (BB H 146), Introduction to Health and Human Sexuality (BB H 146), Gender and Biobehavioral Health (BB H 315), and Foundations and Principles of Health Promotion (BB H 316). He will be a teaching assistant in two more courses during summer session.

Nuno F. Ribeiro ’08g RPTM, a third-year Ph.D. student in Recreation, Park and Tourism Management. Mr. Ribeiro was recognized for being a teaching assistant in Introduction to Commercial Recreation and Tourism (RPTM 210) and Tourism and Leisure Behavior (RPTM 300Y), and he will be will be teaching another course in the first summer session. His research interests include spring break and the anthropology of leisure and tourism, and he is developing a self-assessment tool for students and professors to use to gauge students’ perceptions of examinations.

Kelly L. Rulison ’05g HDFS, a sixth-year Ph.D. student in Human Development and Family Studies. Ms. Rulison was recognized for her work as an instructor in Human Development and Family Studies Interventions (HDFS 311), and as a teaching assistant in Empirical Inquiry in Human Development (HDFS 312W) and Measurement in Human Development (HDFS 526). She plans on being a teaching assistant in HDFS 311 again this summer. Ms. Rulison is in her last year as a Ph.D. student, and hopes to finish her dissertation this spring. She praises the excellent mentoring program of HDFS, which has helped her develop effective teaching methods.

Shelley E. Scarpino, a fourth-year Ph.D. student in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Ms. Scarpino taught Clinical Phonetics (CSD 311), was a guest lecturer for Phonological Disorders (CSD 540), and will be teaching CSD 311 again this spring. Her research interests include bilingual phonological acquisition and developmental phonological disorders.

Katerina O. Sinclair ’06g HDFS, a sixth-year Ph.D. student in Human Development and Family Studies and a second-year M.S. student in Applied Statistics. Ms. Sinclair taught Sexual Identity over the Lifespan (HDFS 250), Empirical Inquiry in Human Development (HDFS 312W), Applied Statistics Lab (HDFS 518), and Elementary Statistics (STAT 200). She will be teaching HDFS 250 again (her favorite course) this spring, and she thanks the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence and Information and Technology Services for helping her develop effective teaching methods.

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