Long Named Statewide IST Faculty Member of the Year
Jason Long, instructor in Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State and IST Program leader for the Penn State DuBois was named the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) Statewide Faculty Member of the Year for 2011-2012.
The award is given to a faculty member who has consistently supported IST programs at his or her campus, has been a champion for the college, and has made a difference in the community. The award was presented at the college’s statewide faculty retreat, held on October 14, at the Nittany Lion Inn.
"I cannot say enough about Jason. Not only is he a powerful force for IST at DuBois, but he is also a most valued colleague," said Gerry Santoro, a founding associate professor of IST, and the director of IST Commonwealth Academic Affairs at Penn State. "Jason is a very valuable member of the IST faculty, and I think this award is very much deserved," Santoro continued.
Hired in 2001, Long has received multiple awards for his service at Penn State DuBois. These awards include Tech Prep Educator of the Year from the North Central Pennsylvania Tech Prep Consortium in 2006, Penn State DuBois’ Penn Stater of the Quarter in the Spring of 2006, and the DuBois Education Foundation Educator of the Year in 2010. Long has also been recognized by DELL for his innovative approach to teaching IST, using DELL’s servers.
Long has also served on the IST Undergraduate Advising Committee, the 75th Anniversary Committee, Teaching, Learning and Technology Advisory Committee, the campus’ University Hearing Board, and other committees.
Long is the founder of the Video Game Day events on campus. These events are held each semester, and bring Penn State students, high school students, and other members of the community together in a fun, safe environment to play videogames. Long also uses the events as an educational tool, with his students setting up the computer networks used during Videogame Day.
Outside Penn State, Long volunteers his time to a local Catholic elementary school by serving as the IT director. He also coaches soccer and baseball for local youth leagues.