2015 Professional Achievement: Honors and Recognition, IUP

  • Runge Receives Teacher Scholar Award


    Timothy Runge, associate professor in the Educational and School Psychology Department, received the College of Education and Communications Teacher Scholar Award. He has been active in scholarship and teaching integration with an emphasis on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) framework.

    The purpose of the award is to provide incentive, support, and public recognition to faculty members who provide service through leadership and mentoring within the College of Education and Communications. Nominations for the award are made annually by department chairs and then voted on by a committee headed by the dean of the College of Education and Communications.

    Runge’s research and scholarship focuses on implementation and evaluation of high-quality, evidenced-based services to school-age students within a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports framework. To that end, he has coauthored annual evaluations of School-Wide PBIS in Pennsylvania with colleague Mark Staszkiewicz and numerous graduate assistants. Executive summaries of their research can be located on the Pennsylvania Positive Behavior Support website.

    Runge incorporates this scholarship into his courses, providing students with examples and empirical support for the effective installation of PBIS in public schools. Runge also supervises groups of graduate students as they consult and complete research on PBIS in regional schools.

    Mueller Receives Outstanding Researcher Award


    John A. Mueller, professor in the Department of Student Affairs in Higher Education, received the Outstanding Researcher Award for the College of Education and Communications at the IUP School of Graduate Studies and Research and IUP Research Institute’s annual awards luncheon on April 6, 2015.

    Mueller’s research and scholarship has focused on social identity development of both students and professionals in higher education. Dean Lara Luetkehans pointed to Mueller’s collaborations with students as a hallmark of his teacher-scholar role. Mueller recognized IUP alumnus Raechele Pope as a mentor who contributed to his professional development as a practitioner and scholar.