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Dr. Pluhar-Adams receives University’s top teaching award

Dr. Pluhar-Adams
4/29/2009 —
Dr. Evelyn Pluhar-Adams, professor of philosophy at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus, was awarded the George W. Atheron Award for Excellence in Teaching by Penn State University. The award recognizes excellence in teaching and student support among tenured faculty who have been employed full time for at least three years, with undergraduate teaching as a major portion of their duties. George W. Atherton was the seventh president of Penn State University.

Pluhar-Adams has been teaching philosophy at Penn State Fayette for 30 years. She specializes in the ethics of moral theory and has taught a variety of courses, ranging from Environmental Philosophy to Existentialism. She has written a book, “Beyond Prejudice: The Moral Significance of Human and Nonhuman Animals,” published by Duke University Press. Dr. Pluhar-Adams also serves as the faculty advisor to the scholastic honor society of Pi Sigma Phi.

Pluhar-Adams says she is “absolutely thrilled” to win the award. “Penn State has been the most wonderful place to work,” she explains. “It’s like a big family and I love learning from my colleagues in different fields.  I have learned so much from my students as well.  With our small campus size, it is possible to connect personally with them.  It is a great joy to help them set and achieve their educational goals, and to see them relate real life issues to the classroom.  They are a perpetual source of inspiration to me.”  Pluhar-Adams adds, “I’m living out my dream of being a philosopher, thanks to Penn State.”

The George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching is presented to only four faculty members each year and is considered one of the University’s most prestigious awards.
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