SUNY Chancellor Recognizes Geneseo Faculty and Staff with Awards for Excellence

GENESEO, N.Y. - Five professors and two professional staff members from the State University of New York at Geneseo are among the recipients of Chancellor's Awards for Excellence for the 2009-10 academic year. The awards are SUNY system-level honors conferred to acknowledge and provide system-wide recognition for consistently superior professional achievement and to encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence.

Receiving Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Teaching were Ganie DeHart, professor and chair of the Department of Psychology; Scott Giorgis, associate professor of geological sciences; and Chi-Ming Tang, associate professor of mathematics. Mark Mitschow, professor of accounting, received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. Margaret Stolee, assistant professor of history, received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service. Leonard Sancilio, dean of students, received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service. The Chancellor's Award for Classified Service went to Christie Reed, keyboard specialist in the Office of Admissions.

"As SUNY campuses celebrate the achievements of students and faculty for this academic year, it is my pleasure to honor the recipients of this year's Chancellor's Award for Excellence," said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. "Each of this year's 274 recipients has demonstrated extraordinary dedication to students and an exceptional commitment to excellence."


Ganie DeHart began at Geneseo in 1988 and is chair of the Department of Psychology. She is an active researcher in the field of children's socio-emotional development and has taught hundreds of undergraduate students about child development, cross-cultural psychology and how to conduct first-rate behavioral research. As a responsive instructor with rigorous standards, she develops powerful relationships with students while guiding them toward their highest potential.

Scott Giorgis has been at Geneseo for five years but has come to epitomize the teacher-scholar model that is at the center of Geneseo's mission as a liberal arts college. He has earned some of the highest student evaluations in the Department of Geological Sciences and the college while pursuing a rigorous and ambitious research agenda. He regularly integrates his own research into the classroom and often includes students as co-authors of his research papers.

Chi-Ming Tang has been teaching mathematics at Geneseo for 30 years and has an especially strong following from the freshmen who take his early calculus classes. He is known as a rigorous instructor who has very high expectations of his students. He has moved from his original field of statistics to running the actuarial science program at Geneseo, where he has been singularly successful.


Mark Mitschow has been at Geneseo for 16 years and has established himself as a national leader in the field of ethics in accounting and finance, producing groundbreaking publications and establishing himself as one of the nation's most respected advocates for the role of business ethics in the education of future accountants, corporate managers and financiers. He has published more than 20 juried articles, essays and book chapters and has made more than 20 conference presentations.


Margaret Stolee is a 25-year member of Geneseo's faculty who has established an outstanding record of service and academic excellence through teaching, curriculum improvement, campus governance, and by holding several positions in the local chapter of United University Professions. In the last 15 years, she has held several UUP positions, including chapter president. Her dedication to academic advisement, including summer orientation for new students, has produced distinguished graduates who have gone on to respected graduate program and notable careers.


Leonard Sancilio has been dean of students at Geneseo for 10 years. Before that, he served as associate dean and assistant professor psychology at the college, a career path that has served him well for all of the responsibilities required of his very demanding position. Colleagues say he does the job with intelligence, professionalism, empathy, impartiality and with an astute understanding of the underlying issues of a problem. He also is a tireless facilitator of student development.


Christie Reed is a keyboard specialist in the Office of Admissions and was cited for going above and beyond to assist parents, co-workers, academic departments, staff and students seeking services from the department. SUNY established the award in 2008 to recognize superior performance and extraordinary achievement by employees in the classified service.

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