For Immediate Release
February 19, 2014
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BROCKPORT, NY—Three faculty members at The College at Brockport, State University of New York, have been recognized for their outstanding accomplishments and have been selected to receive the 2014 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching by Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher, PhD.
In its inaugural year, the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching was created to honor distinguished performance within the State University of New York system. Each award winner received an inscribed certificate and a Chancellor’s Excellence Medallion. Members of The College at Brockport that were recognized this year include:
Kurt Besl-Treeby, Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Art: In nine years of teaching at the College at Brockport, Besl-Treeby has educated more than 1,000 students in over 50 class-sections. His teaching includes traditional methods of making art as well as how to understand and make meaning through art. Besl-Treeby averaged a “very good” rating in class evaluations for his class “Art and Artists,” a class where most students are non-majors encountering art as an academic subject for the first time.
Dale Hartnett, Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Communication: Since teaching his first course at Brockport in 1984, Hartnett has been determined to get his students to not just absorb but also question the content of his courses. Through designing a wide variety of assignments, he has been able to challenge students to communicate in different ways. One way that Hartnett has been able to challenge his students is through a service-learning course. This course included helping restore an abandoned African-American cemetery and visiting historical civil rights sites in the region.
Philip Young, PhD, Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of English: In the nine years he has taught at The College at Brockport, Young has taught 13 different courses. His aim has been to help students make connections between their lives and the content. Young encourages his students to clearly communicate their unique take on each subject, looking to leave a dominant impression on the reader. In 2012, his co-edited anthology Love Rise Up was published, featuring classic works of poetry accompanied by work composed by Brockport students.
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