Across the College of the Liberal Arts, faculty and staff members are incorporating sustainability into work in meaningful, measurable ways. The Sustainability Council recognizes these contributions with the Sustainability Awards.
Faculty Sustainability Awards
This award provides recognition to a faculty member in the College of the Liberal Arts whose commitment to sustainability in their teaching, research or service is exceptional and best exemplifies professionalism and dedication to the mission of the College and the University. Faculty awardees have displayed exceptional commitment to sustainability in their teaching, research, or service or through an initiative that has enhanced sustainability in the College of the Liberal Arts. We seek self-nominations as well as nominations from department and program heads, supervisors, and coworkers for all types of work. The winner(s) will receive an engraved Nittany Lion statue and a one-time monetary award.
All full and part time faculty in the College of the Liberal Arts are eligible to apply for this award. Past recipients of the award are eligible for nomination in the same category after three years.
- Employed by the College for a minimum of one year as of the nomination deadline
- Demonstrated exemplary commitment to sustainability and impact of actions on advancing sustainability in the College
- Dedicated to the College and unit mission
Faculty Sustainability Spotlight
Dr. Mark Sentesy of Philosophy has led and supported many efforts to move PSU to a place where we are more fully and broadly addressing climate change. He researches ancient and modern concepts of nature and technology as a dynamic physical-economic-conceptual system, and health and environmental justice. He teaches students about climate change and environmental ethics in several courses. Dr. Sentesy has immersed himself in efforts that address climate change in service roles. He is a member of the CLA Sustainability Council and is an active faculty advisor for PSU’s “Awaken State.”
As an example of Awaken State’s activities, consistent with the faculty senate’s call to integrate climate change through the university curriculum, they have constructed and promoted “Climate Crossover.” In this activity, they ask faculty to devote at least one class to climate change and have encouraged students to bring up Climate issues in their classes. As another example, “Awaken State” inspired more than 30 people to creatively use “chalk art” on campus just before the November 2020 elections to encourage people to vote.
Our Past Winners
2021 – Mark Sentesy, Philosophy
2020 - Nancy Tuana, Philosophy
2019 - Janet K. Swim, Psychology
2018 - Robert Burkholder, English
2017 - Bryan McDonald, History
Student Sustainability Awards
The Liberal Arts Student Award for Research on Sustainability (LASARS) supports students performing sustainability-focused research in the College of Liberal Arts. All types of sustainability-focused research or creative project is considered including work in the lab, field, or archives.
All undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts are eligible to apply for the award with the assistance of a faculty sponsor.
Alison Axtman (International and Global Studies and French)
Rachel Palkovitz, M. Phill (Anthropology)
Danielle Buffa, M.S. (Anthropology)
Casey Tilley, B.A. (Comparative Literature)
Rosemary Aviste, M.S. (Psychology)
Clare Randolph, B.A. (Anthropology)
Abiola Ibirogba, M.S. (Anthropology)
Chiamaka Anyanwu, M.S. (Anthropology)
Staff Sustainability Awards
This award provides recognition to staff in the College of the Liberal Arts whose commitment to sustainability is exceptional and best exemplifies professionalism and dedication to the sustainability mission of the College and the University. Awardees are individual staff members, or a team of staff members, with an exceptional commitment to sustainability in their daily activities or through an initiative that has enhanced sustainability in the College of the Liberal Arts.
Staff Sustainability Spotlight
The School of Global Languages, Literatures and Cultures feels Mary embodies the true spirit of this award as she works tirelessly to support and expand the processes associated with this initiative (recycling, use of reusable items, repurposing resources.) Through her continuing efforts, Mary has worked to “sustain” every aspect of the lives of those who have the pleasure of working and interacting with her. A prime example is reflected in her work with the Non-credit Proficiency Certification Exams as she worked with the Chinese language examiners, whose students take the largest numbers of these exams, to create a paperless process, saving close to four cases of paper each semester. Congratulations, Mary!
Our Past Winners
2021 – Kelly Confer, Psychology
2020 – Chris Hort, Office of the Dean
2019 – Ned Balzer, ITLA
2018 – Allison Haas, Political Science
2017 – Jessica Fatica, Human Resources