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For Immediate Release
May 27, 2014

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Brockport Professor Earns Prestigious SUNY Honor

Georges Dicker promoted to rank of Distinguished Professor

BROCKPORT, NYGeorges Dicker, PhD, has been appointed to the rank of Distinguished Professor by the State University of New York Board of Trustees. Dicker, who teaches in the Department of Philosophy, is just the 12th faculty member in The College at Brockport’s history to receive this prestigious honor—SUNY’s highest faculty award.

Dicker has taught philosophy at Brockport since 1974, serving as Department Chair for the past 20 years. He is the author of books on John Dewey, perceptual knowledge, Descartes, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant; four of these were published by Oxford University Press—the leading English-language publisher in philosophy. Dicker has also published more than 40 articles and reviews, has made approximately 100 paper presentations in 10 Western countries, and has guest-taught in Taiwan. He has held a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship-in-Residence at Brown University and he was selected for participation in four N.E.H./Council for Philosophical Studies summer institutes.

“The Distinguished Professor rank is a fitting honor for Georges Dicker,” says Brockport President John R. Halstead, PhD. “He is a dedicated and conscientious teacher who is much appreciated by his students and a first-rate scholar as determined by the judgment of his peers.”

Dicker was moved by the honor.

“The Distinguished Professorship means a great deal to me. Philosophy has been my passion since I was a sophomore at San Francisco State College (now University) in the early 60’s, and nothing could be more gratifying, after more than 40 years of teaching philosophy, than to be recognized by my peers and by my institution for my contributions to the field,” Dicker said. “I have many, many people to thank, both on campus and off campus, for their support of my nomination for this award.”

Created by the Board of Trustees as a prestigious system-level distinction, the Distinguished Faculty Rank programs recognize and reward SUNY’s finest and most accomplished faculty. The Distinguished Professorship is conferred upon individuals who have achieved national or international prominence and a distinguished reputation within a chosen field. This distinction is attained through significant contributions to the research literature or through artistic performance or achievement in the case of the arts. The candidates’ work must be of such character that the individual’s presence will tend to elevate the standards of scholarship of colleagues both within and beyond these persons’ academic fields.

“We are deeply proud to recognize our faculty with these prestigious rankings, and to have the opportunity to honor the work they do on behalf of the students, campuses, and communities they serve throughout New York State and around the globe,” says SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher, PhD.

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