Richard Lamberski, of IUP’s Department of Communications Media, received the 2008 Alumni Society Award for Leadership and Service from Penn State University. This lifetime award is given to an alumnus who has distinguished him or herself in their chosen profession, in or out of the field of education, and who has demonstrated leadership and service within a career and/or to a community.
Because of Lamberski’s strong values and commitment to education, high standards of performance, and continued scholarly and service work, he was nominated and selected for this award as an individual with an extraordinary record of accomplishment.
Lamberski completed his Bachelor of Science in Government, History, and Social Science at Duquesne University in 1971. He obtained his master’s degree in Instructional Media in 1972 and his doctorate in Instructional Systems in 1980, both at Penn State.
Since 1981, Lamberski has been a professor, advisor, mentor, and researcher at IUP. He has distinguished himself as an educator whose main focus has been the design and implementation of effective and efficient learning systems. Over his career at IUP, Boston University, and Penn State, he has designed and/or taught over thirty different courses. He was among the first at IUP to use the Web for hybrid teaching and the first to develop and maintain a virtual advisor that has become the model for other units at IUP and nationwide.
Lamberski is also known for his outstanding reputation as a teacher and mentor to his students. Advising is one of his passions. He has developed resources to help students choose a professional position, market themselves, and possibly consider graduate studies. Students—who consider him the “go-to” professor for advising—know that he will take the extra time, care, and patience to help them both personally and professionally.
In 1992, Lamberski was awarded the PSU College of Education Alumni Society Outstanding Teaching Award. In April 2008 he received IUP’s highest award for teaching. This award recognizes IUP professors who have achieved distinction through sustained performance in their fields and have provided outstanding service to IUP.
In his twenty-seven years at IUP, he has made a significant impact on the lives of the students he teaches and mentors. He has developed his own unique style of teaching by sharing, storytelling, and empowering.
In addition to his work at IUP, Lamberski’s significant research work for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on the Link-to-Learn project resulted in millions of dollars for Western Pennsylvania schools (K-12) and higher education institutions.
Dr. Lamberski’s most important priority as a professor is to motivate and inspire his students. He strives to instill values that will encourage students to achieve success in their daily lives.
“Richard is highly sought after as an advisor. Faculty members regard him as an esteemed colleague and a mentor who is consistently available for wisdom and guidance. Richard is without peer,” said Kurt Dudt, chair and professor of Communications Media at IUP.
The Alumni Society Awards Banquet will take place on Friday, October 24, at the Nittany Lion Inn, University Park.