David Puglia
David Puglia
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Puglia receives Penn State graduate assistant outstanding teaching award

David Puglia (Frederick, MD), lecturer and Ph.D. candidate in American studies at Penn State Harrisburg, has received the University’s Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award for 2013-14.

The award recognizes excellence in teaching by graduate students.

Puglia has taught six different courses, with online and residential classes for two of them, and he developed one of the online courses himself.

“Students regularly praise his use of multimedia in his presentations and lessons,” a nominator said. “Instead of having students do the same thing for an entire class period, he employs diverse media and approaches in an open and supportive classroom.”

Puglia said he tries to adapt his content to the student’s prior knowledge.  “Learning new information is valuable,” he said, “but finding new ways to think about familiar concepts is even more satisfying.”

This marks the second year in a row that an American studies lecturer from Penn State Harrisburg has received the award.

Recipients of the award must have served as a graduate assistant for at least two semesters within the last two years. The award is named for Harold F. Martin, who earned his doctoral degree in education in 1954 and retired as a director in the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Puglia also received the 2013-14 Penn State Harrisburg Alumni Society Outstanding Graduate Student Award.