Faculty member Wendy K. Pogozelski was recently named a Distinguished Teaching Professor of Chemistry by the State University of New York Board of Trustees. The distinguished rank recognizes and honors mastery of teaching and constitutes the highest honor conferred by the university system on instructional faculty at state-operated campuses.
Pogozelski has been recognized at the national level for the excellence of her teaching, as well as her research accomplishments with the Henry Dreyfuss Teacher-Scholar Award. She has mentored dozens of undergraduate researchers who learn from her internationally recognized work on mitochondrial DNA and also conduct sophisticated, independent research of their own, leading nearly all of them to graduate program or medical schools.
"I couldn't be more pleased about Wendy's appointment," said President Christopher C. Dahl. "She has superior teaching skills and has profoundly shaped the lives and careers of scores of students. She is a widely-published, award-winning researcher and teach-scholar, a dedicated servant of the campus community and her profession, and a role model for students and the entire Geneseo community. For Wendy, teaching is not merely a profession; it's a calling, in the finest sense of the word."
Since 1973, 45 Geneseo faculty members have received the rank.