May. 12, 2010

SUNY Names Geneseo's David Geiger a Distinguished Teaching Professor

David Geiger

GENESEO, N.Y. - The State University of New York Board of Trustees has named David Geiger, professor and chair of SUNY Geneseo's chemistry department, a distinguished teaching professor. The distinguished rank constitutes the highest system tribute conferred upon SUNY instructional faculty.

Geiger is one of nine SUNY faculty members named a distinguished teaching professor this year (two in an honorific capacity). Fifteen other SUNY faculty received distinguished professorships: six were named distinguished professors for achieving national or international prominence within their field, and nine were named distinguished service professors (three in an honorific capacity). View complete list.

Geiger is among 40 Geneseo faculty members who have received the distinguished rank since 1973.

"It is with great pride that we recognize SUNY's most brilliant scholars and teachers and those whose service to the community and to SUNY merit the distinguished ranking," said Board Chairman Carl T. Hayden. "We are grateful for their contributions to our students, to SUNY, the communities we serve and the body of knowledge in their chosen field of inquiry."

The board said Geiger "employs a variety of best practices to engage his students and spark excitement about chemistry" but noted that his "unique contribution is the way he helps students develop self-confidence as learners and scientists by letting them know he recognizes their talents and has faith in their abilities."

The board also said Geiger's "ability to bring out the best in his student extends to the collaborative research he conducts with his undergraduates."

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