For Immediate Release — May 10, 2004


Mary E. McCrank

Media Relations Officer

(585) 245-5516



GENESEO, N.Y. — Five faculty and staff members of the State University of New York at Geneseo have been named recipients of the 2004 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence. Carol Faulkner, assistant professor of history, and Edward M. Pogozelski, assistant professor of physics, received Excellence in Teaching Awards; Sue Ann Brainard, associate librarian, received an Excellence in Librarianship Award; Barbara Howard, assistant dean of the Jones School of Business, received an Excellence in Professional Service Award; and Steven D. Derné, associate professor of sociology, received an Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities Award.

Carol Faulkner joined the Geneseo faculty in 1999 as an assistant professor of history after working for a year as an editing fellow at the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. Since her arrival here, Faulkner has combined outstanding teaching with high quality scholarship and active participation in the intellectual, administrative and social life of the campus. Faulkner, who specializes in nineteenth century race and gender issues, has authored two books: "Women’s Radical Reconstruction: The Freedmen’s Aid Movement, 1862-1876" and "The Selected Letters of Lucretia Coffin Mott." She has published several articles and presented papers at conferences across the country, serves as secretary on the College Senate, and is involved in several department- and campus-wide committees. Faulkner offers an impressive variety of courses, including 13 history courses, four interdisciplinary courses, one women’s studies course and one American history course. In addition, she has displayed extraordinary skill and mastery in a variety of teaching situations, from large introductory courses to advanced seminars.

Edward M. Pogozelski has been an assistant professor of physics at Geneseo since 1999. Prior to attending graduate school, Pogozelski worked as an engineer for Westinghouse Electric Corporation, and he has incorporated examples and context from his professional experiences into his curriculum. His course offerings run the gamut, from large introductory physics lectures to upper-level courses for majors. Since coming to Geneseo, Pogozelski has obtained grants from two local companies to provide summer support for him and stipends for Geneseo physics majors who are undergraduate researchers. One student stated that Pogozelski "treated me as a colleague with valid opinions worth considering." After attending a workshop called Starting Student Space Hardware Programs, Pogozelski supervised two groups of students who carried out rocket-based measurements of the atmosphere. His students know he is available in his office late into the evenings, and it is not unusual to see a half-dozen students seated on chairs and on the floor of his small office, talking over the challenging questions on class assignments. He also is involved in college activities, ranging from college-wide committees to forming a department sports team.

Sue Ann Brainard, who joined Geneseo in 1996, is an associate librarian in Milne Library known as an exceptional instructional librarian. She collaborates closely with faculty in a variety of fields to design and deliver instruction on effective library research. Brainard, who is responsible for instructing students in research methods and in the use of print and online materials, has established herself as an innovator and leader with a broad and deep knowledge base through her work at the reference desk, in student research consultation, and in the classroom. Her work was, in fact, the foundation for Milne Library’s current information literacy program. Her "aim is to ensure the students learn to distinguish between popular and scholarly publications and to get them to evaluate the merits of articles and their provenance." She has presented papers, posters and workshops at statewide and regional conferences, and has contributed several chapters to the monograph "Teaching Information Literacy Concepts: Activities and Frameworks from the Field." She is a valued member of several important college committees, including College Senate, and has served on the undergraduate curriculum, graduate affairs and assessment planning committees.

Barbara Howard, assistant dean of the Jones School of Business, joined Geneseo’s business school in 1989, where she served as lecturer until her appointment in 1998 as interim assistant dean and director of the internship program. In 1999, she was formally appointed to her current position. Howard excels as an administrator, educator, academic advisor, role model and student advocate. She is able to do all of this while continually contributing to her professional field and teaching in the business school. Students note her deep caring for students and her commitment to her role as an academic advisor. Under her direction, the department’s internship program has seen increased improvement and success. One faculty member in the department said: "things are so well administered that faculty can easily overlook the complexities of the tasks Ms. Howard performs. It seems to be that this, in and of itself, says a great deal." Faculty also applauded Howard’s efforts in supporting the college’s application for accreditation by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. She has published a book in collaboration with two faculty members, "Strategic Management for Small and Growing Firms," and serves on several college committees.

Steven D. Derné, an associate professor of sociology, joined Geneseo in 1993. During his decade at the college, he has achieved an extraordinary record of publications, including monographs, book chapters and articles in refereed and top tier journals. He has participated extensively in the sociology professional community at conferences and through work as an invited lecturer, book reviewer, journal referee and outside reader of Ph.D. dissertations. He has been active and successful in obtaining research funding, some of which helped to support his research trips to India. He has co-edited a teaching curriculum, "Syllabi and Instructional Materials in Sociology, 3rd edition," and has written two books on pedagogy widely used at major U.S. universities. In addition, he is author of "Cultures in Action and Movies, Masculinity and Modernity," and recently completed a third book. One scholar at a major university said that Derné’s books have impressive "theoretical depth and originality" and that Derné "has made important contributions to theoretical developments through empirical analysis." Derné, a leading researcher of Indian modernity, has attained an international reputation through his research on the modern cultures of India and Fiji and by presenting papers at more than 23 conferences in the U.S., India, Canada, Europe and Asia.

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