Dreschel Recognized for Teaching Excellence

Posted: June 25, 2014

Department of Animal Science Instructor Nancy Dreschel received the Community of Teaching Excellence Award at the June graduation events.

Nancy Dreschel, D.V.M., Ph.D., Instructor, Small Animal Sciences and Undergraduate Adviser in Penn State's Department of Animal Science, received the Community of Teaching Excellence Award presented by the College of Agricultural Sciences at June graduation events.

Dreschel's award is based on accomplishments during the 2012-2013 academic year. She teaches over 200 students who enroll in her courses which include Pets in Society, Companion Animal Nutrition, Advanced Canine Nutrition and Management, and Companion Animal Behavior. 

Dr. Terry Etherton, Head of the Department, said, "This formal recognition of Nancy's continued excellence in teaching affirms the commitment and passion that has long been a legacy in the Department. Nancy's teaching is highly valued and respected by her students, and she truly loves mentoring the students and guiding them in career choices. She is a very deserving recipient of this prestigious honor and I congratulate her."

Dreschel said, "I'm honored to have received this award. I enjoy getting to know students in the classroom and during club activities, as well as reaching out to a lot of nontraditional students through my online course. I'm really fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with so many great individuals through the years."

She also serves as advisor to the Small and Exotic Animal Club (SEAC), whose stature and performance have been enhanced by her leadership.

In 2012, she received the Excellence in Academic Advising Award, sponsored by the College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society.

Dreschel earned her B.S. in animal science from Cornell University, and her D.V.M. from Cornell University's New York State College of Veterinary Medicine. She earned a Ph.D. in biobehavioral health from Penn State in 2007.