Ganie DeHart Named SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor

GENESEO, N.Y. – Ganie DeHart, professor and chair of SUNY Geneseo’s Department of Psychology, is among faculty members the State University of New York Board of Trustees has named to a distinguished professorship.

The board appointed Dehart Distinguished Teaching Professor of Psychology. 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. All distinguished faculty in active service within SUNY are also members of the SUNY Distinguished Academy.

“SUNY’s highest faculty honor, the distinguished ranking, is reserved for the best of the best,” said SUNY Board Chairman H. Carl McCall. “Each professor to earn this distinction has advanced their field while teaching and mentoring their students, often collaborating and innovating with their colleagues, and serving society at large through their work. Congratulations to all of our new distinguished faculty.”

The board described DeHart as an outstanding teacher who has introduced scores of students to the field of developmental psychology.

“We are deeply proud to recognize our faculty with these prestigious rankings and to have the opportunity to honor the work they do on behalf of the students, campuses, and communities they serve throughout New York State and around the globe,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “Many thanks and congratulations to this most recent class of distinguished faculty.”

For the prestigious distinguished teaching professorship to be conferred, candidates must have demonstrated consistently superior mastery of teaching, outstanding service to students, and commitment to their ongoing intellectual growth, scholarship and professional growth, and adherence to rigorous academic standards and requirements.

“I’m delighted to hear about Professor DeHart’s well-deserved appointment,” said SUNY Geneseo Interim President Carol S. Long. “Ganie is a superb teacher and scholar and has taught hundreds of undergraduate students about child development, cross-cultural psychology and how to conduct first-rate behavioral research. Geneseo is very fortunate to have her as a member of our faculty.”

DeHart, who began teaching at Geneseo in 1988, has published widely in her field and has prepared her students for professional success by co-authoring more than 100 paper and poster presentations with them.  She received a Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2010, the Geneseo Alumni Association Supported Professorship from 2007-2010 and the Carol and Michael Harter Mentoring Award in 1999.

The Society for Research in Child Development selected her for both a Policy Fellowship at the National Institutes of Health and a seat on its Teaching Committee. She earned her doctorate from the University of Minnesota and master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University.

DeHart is among 19 SUNY faculty members named this year to distinguished ranks. Since 1973, 46 Geneseo faculty members have received the rank. Since the program’s inception in 1963, SUNY has appointed 994 faculty to distinguished ranks: 337 distinguished professorships; 296 distinguished service professorships; 356 distinguished teaching professorships; and five distinguished librarian professorships.

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