SUNY Chancellor Honors Excellence Among Geneseo Faculty and Staff

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 2010-11 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. The chancellor presents the awards annually to faculty and staff in six categories: teaching; faculty service; scholarship and creative activities; professional service; librarianship; and classified service.

Receiving Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Teaching were Melanie Blood, professor of theater; Rob Doggett, associate professor of English; and Aaron Heap, assistant professor of mathematics. Tse-Ki Hon, professor and chair of the department of history, received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. Douglas Baldwin, associate professor of computer science, received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service. Paul Jackson, assistant director and manager for information services, received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service. The Chancellor's Award for Classified Service went to Stacy Colt, administrative aide in the human resources office.

"These awards underscore SUNY's appreciation of faculty and staff who advance the boundaries of knowledge, provide the highest quality of instruction and serve SUNY and its campuses with distinction," said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. "Each of this year's 296 recipients has demonstrated extraordinary dedication to students and a commitment to excellence."


Melanie Blood's current and former students, her co-teachers and other visitors to her classes note the skill that she brings to every subject she teaches. In addition to her theater courses, she does a great amount of teaching outside of her department in women's studies, honors courses and other interdisciplinary offerings. While teaching, she served for many years as assistant and associate director of the college's School of the Arts. She mentors students regularly and thoroughly, not only in academics and other college matters, but on career and life decisions as well. Her accomplishments as a director and choreographer are impressive and she has published a chapter in a University of Michigan monograph as well as articles, reviews and encyclopedia entries in key professional journals.

Rob Doggett has rapidly established himself as one of the most effective and dedicated teachers in the department of English. He receives praise from fellow faculty members. One says "he rigorously engages students with sophisticated intellectual issues and fosters independent learning." Another says he has "a seemingly natural ability to talk with his students rather than at them or to them." He is a widely respected author of Irish literature and particularly of W. B. Yeats, on whom he has published in top professional journals in his area. His service to the college and community includes the unique Genesee Valley Peace Poetry contest that he founded for students in grades K - 8.

Aaron Heap is an outstanding teacher of mathematics. He is willing to experiment with new, carefully crafted instructional methods. He has taught team leaders of peer-led workshops that not only extended student learning of linear algebra and differential equations but also invited the students to reflect on group dynamics and group leadership. His student evaluations are consistently high. He is a promising scholar in the field of low-dimensional topology and geometry and has publications in highly regarded professional journals.



Tse-Ki Hon has sustained an 18-year record of respected, peer-reviewed publications, reviews and presentations. He has earned a global reputation for his work on Chinese historiography, nationalism and national identity in two very different periods of history: the Song dynasty and the 20th century. He is the leading expert writing in English on the ancient Chinese text, the Yijing. He has cultivated and maintained productive relationships with fellow researchers worldwide and his collegiality extends to former students whom he continues to mentor. This is his second Chancellor's Award for Excellence: he received an Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2002.



Douglas Baldwin is a hardworking and creative faculty member with a deep understanding of liberal arts learning and Geneseo's mission as a public liberal arts college. He successfully ledthe faculty's three-year effort to establish a Phi Beta Kappa chapter at the college, one of only 280 chapters among the 3,000 colleges and universities in the United States. He has contributed greatly to department service including serving as department chair and advancing numerous initiatives through extensive committee work. He also has engaged numerous students in his research and has been a leading figure in the Liberal Arts Computer Science Consortium, an organization of faculty from top liberal arts colleges in the country.


Paul Jackson is responsible for the college's computerized administrative systems, including the main student information system. He manages eight employees and four student workers. The student involvement not only is educationally sound but cost-effective as the students have been able to take on projects that formerly would have been assigned to information technology professionals. He was instrumental in the launch of the college's new website and has served on and chaired numerous college committees, such as search committees, an information security team, and an academic affairs administrative assessment committee. He is well-respected professional and known for getting things done.



Stacy Colt, administrative aide in the human resources office, received her award for her work as Secretary 1 in the Communicative Disorders and Sciences Department. She is known for her outstanding interpersonal skills, dedicated work ethic, and leadership. SUNY established the award in 2008 to recognize superior performance and extraordinary achievement by employees in the classified service.

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