Penn State Harrisburg


Tyler McFarland (left) co-taught in Derek Shaffer's (right) eighth grade American history classes at Lower Dauphin Middle School

In 2014, Penn State Harrisburg launched Project EXCELLENCE, or “Partnerships for Teaching and Leadership Excellence,” an initiative designed to support student teaching partnerships and professional development opportunities for local school districts, thanks to a $1.87 million grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Cory Hutcheson, of Lititz, Pennsylvania, lecturer of American studies and Ph.D. candidate in the American studies program in Penn State Harrisburg’s School of Humanities, received the Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award.

This university-wide award recognizes graduate assistants for outstanding teaching performance. Hutcheson has taught Religion in American Thought, Intro to American Studies and Intro to American Folklore.

Kaitlyn Rhubright

Kaitlyn Rhubright, an undergraduate student majoring in criminal justice and psychology at Penn State Harrisburg, was one of just 11 Penn State students selected to present their research to Pennsylvania legislators at the State Capitol Building in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on April 25.  

The Penn State participants joined students from across Pennsylvania for the

Media Highlights

Harrisburg Magazine: May 2017

Academic Prowess

The Harrisburg region’s higher-education options seem to expand every year. For these four students, those opportunities blossomed into generous scholarships attesting to their academic prowess and empowering them to pursue their dreams. Saturday, May 6, 2017

James Franklin gives commencement speech: I'm 'living the dream' as Penn State's coach

Shortly after the Penn State Harrisburg graduates on Saturday had found their seats on the main floor at the Giant Center, a woman began a chant. "We are," she yelled. "Penn State," the graduates yelled back. 

The Conversation: Monday, April 24, 2017

Does cooperating with ICE harm local police? What the research says

Police need public cooperation. The police rely on the public to report and help solve crimes. This is especially true now that police departments face budget cuts and increasing demands on their time – an environment that pressures police to get things done through innovative partnerships with citizens.


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Research News

The Office of Research and Outreach, Penn State Harrisburg, is pleased to announce the following grant activity for December 1 – March 31, 2017:

Proposals submitted:

There were 16 proposals submitted to 13 different sponsor agencies by 14 faculty and staff members totaling $2,945,137.

Proposals awarded:

There were 12 projects funded from 11 different funding agencies involving 9 different faculty and staff members totaling $485,710.