Lycoming College honors faculty for contributions

Lycoming College honors faculty for contributions

From left, President Kent C. Trachte, Sandra Kingery, Caroline Payne, and Provost Philip Sprunger.

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Innovative teaching techniques and dedication to student success earned two Lycoming College professors recognition during an awards ceremony this spring.

Sandra Kingery, Ph.D., a professor of Spanish, received the 2017 Constance Cupp Plankenhorn Alumni Award for Faculty Excellence. Given to a senior faculty member every year, this year’s award recognized Kingery for classroom excellence and individual student collaboration. She is nationally known for her extensive translations of Spanish authors, particularly contemporary women writers from Spain. She recently completed a collaborative translation project, funded by the Mellon Foundation, with Kaitlyn Hipple, a junior Spanish major.

Caroline Payne, Ph.D., associate professor of political science, earned the 2016 Junior Faculty Teaching Award in recognition of her high standards and energy in the classroom. Specializing in international relations and comparative politics, Payne is also well known for developing a growing interdisciplinary connection between Lycoming College and the Dominican Republic, including the development of Warrior brand coffees. The ventures on the Caribbean island provide real-world opportunities for students to apply what they’ve learned. Her enthusiasm has captured the interest of professors and students in a variety of fields to make the entire Dominican Republic program reflect the true value of a liberal arts education.

“These two professors exemplify Lycoming College’s commitment to high quality teaching and to enhanced academic experiences that allow students to learn outside of the traditional classroom,” said Philip Sprunger, provost and dean of the College.