For Immediate Release — Wednesday, July 15, 2008

David Irwin
Media Relations Manager
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Five SUNY Geneseo Faculty Members Receive Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence

GENESEO, N.Y. –– Interim SUNY Chancellor Dr. John B. Clark has awarded Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence to five faculty members at the State University of New York at Geneseo. 

Three received Excellence in Teaching Awards:  Jennifer Katz, assistant professor of psychology; Michael E.  Rozalski, associate professor of education; and Caroline M. Woidat, associate professor of English.   Michael D. Lynch, associate professor of psychology, received an Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities Award, and Michael D. Schinski, associate professor of finance, received an Excellence in Faculty Service Award.

“These five awardees reflect the best traditions in teaching, research and service, which are the heart of our mission,” said Christopher C. Dahl, president of SUNY Geneseo.  “They all have my esteem for their considerable contributions toward making Geneseo one of the country’s outstanding public liberal arts colleges.”

Katz, of Rochester, N.Y., joined the SUNY Geneseo faculty in 2003.  She received high praise from the review committee for her quality of teaching, strong record of scholarship and the active mentoring relationship she has with a large number of students.   Katz earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Georgia and participated in a post-graduate program in marital and family therapy at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. 

Rozalski of Geneseo, N.Y., a SUNY Geneseo faculty member since 2001, earned his doctorate in special education from the University of South Carolina.  The review committee cited his ability to model effective and active learning techniques in the classroom and his involvement of students in research and projects.  He has co-authored at least five peer-reviewed journal articles with former or current students. 

Woidat of Rochester, N.Y., joined the SUNY Geneseo faculty in 1994.  In recommending her for the honor, the review committee emphasized her high level of commitment to accommodating student needs and her productive innovations to Geneseo’s curriculum.   She vastly expanded course offerings in a variety of areas, including creative writing, Native American studies, American history and women’s literature.   Woidat received her doctorate in English from Vanderbilt University.

Lynch of Webster, N.Y., is a national expert in the field of intervention research and has been on the SUNY Geneseo faculty since 2000.  He has a distinguished 16-year record of publications in books and peer-reviewed journals and the review committee put particular emphasis on the impact of his research pursuits on his classroom teaching and community service, which has impacted the lives of many families.  Lynch received his doctorate from the University of Rochester.

Schinski of Geneseo, N.Y., a SUNY Geneseo faculty member since 1992, was singled out for his contributions to the field of finance and for his service to the college and the School of Business.  He has served as a peer-reviewer for journals in his field and has been actively involved in college service, including several terms as a member of the College Senate.  He is an untiring ambassador for the college within the community.   In the School of Business he laid the groundwork, with a member of the Business Advisory Council, for the student managed investment fund, which led to unprecedented involvement in the Finance Club.  He received his doctorate from the University of Kentucky.