Students and alumni often credit their professors for preparing them for success. But sometimes, those educators get a chance to return the favor.
Three veteran PSU professors were awarded the 2009 Robert K. Ratzlaff Outstanding Faculty Award this spring, an award given annually to the top three faculty members voted as students' favorites. Dr. Chris Fogliasso, university professor of management and marketing, won the award for the seventh time; Dr. Mark Johnson, professor of technology management, won for the third time; and Dr. Mark Peterson, assistant professor of social sciences, accepted the honor for the fifth time. Each highly awarded faculty member said that when it comes to teaching, no affirmation is better than that from students.
"I try to inspire them to recognize potential in themselves that they may otherwise not have recognized," said Peterson.
Fogliasso credits her teaching success to her love of the subject matter.
"I teach an unbelievable subject that is so relevant," said Fogliasso, who has been a student favorite throughout her 25-year tenure at PSU. "I'm just blessed to get to teach it."
And for Johnson, who views encouraging students as one of his biggest responsibilities, the win topped off a great teaching year.
"It is always an honor to get any kind of recognition, and it's particularly sweet when it comes from your students," he said.