SUNY Board of Trustees Appoints 16 Faculty to Distinguished Ranks

May 7, 2013

Albany — The State University of New York Board of Trustees today approved the appointments of 16 faculty to distinguished ranks. All distinguished faculty in active service within SUNY are also members of the SUNY Distinguished Academy, established in March 2012.

“One of the Board's most exceptional honors is to confer the distinguished ranking upon some of our best and brightest faculty,” said Board Chairman H. Carl McCall. “To earn one of the distinguished ranks, SUNY faculty members have shown a steadfast commitment to the students, faculty, and staff at their respective campus and accomplished high achievement in their field. Congratulations to all of today's honorees.”

“In bestowing its highest faculty honor, SUNY proudly recognizes the extraordinary achievements of these faculty and the positive impacts they have had on SUNY, on the students they teach and mentor, and on their colleagues both on campus and across the globe," said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “Many thanks and congratulations to today's honorees.”

Since the program's inception in 1963, SUNY has appointed 966 faculty to distinguished ranks, as follows, including these most recent appointments: 319 Distinguished Professorships; 294 Distinguished Service Professorships; 348 Distinguished Teaching Professorships; and 5 Distinguished Librarian Professorships. For more information about SUNY's faculty award program, please click here.

The Distinguished Professorship is conferred upon individuals who have achieved national or international prominence and a distinguished reputation within a chosen field. This distinction is attained through significant contributions to the research literature or through artistic performance or achievement in the case of the arts. The candidates' work must be of such character that the individuals' presence will tend to elevate the standards of scholarship of colleagues both within and beyond these persons' academic fields. Receiving this rank today are:

  • Professor Paul R Knight III, University at Buffalo – Dr. Knight is a distinguished physician scientist at the University at Buffalo who has demonstrated distinction in scholarship, teaching, and service and has made a sustained contribution to academic anesthesiology. Continually funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1980, Dr. Knight's research is focused on the effects of inhalation anesthetics on lung function with specific emphasis on the relationship between anesthetics and viral infection, and the inflammatory process in lung tissue. His seminal contributions to our understanding of lung pathology and his incredible body of work have allowed the field to develop a better understanding of how inflammation and injury affect the lungs of patients. Dr. Knight's creative approaches have allowed him to develop novel concepts and to translate findings readily into important clinical practice improvements. A 2011 recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, he has developed innovative model experimental systems that are used throughout the world, and his ground-breaking research outcomes have heralded a new dimension in anesthesiology.
  • Professor Daniel J. Kosman, University at Buffalo – Dr. Kosman, UB Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry, is a nationally and internationally recognized scholar and educator. His study of the metallobiochemistry of copper and iron has profound clinical implications in the area of human nutrition, as iron deficiency affects an estimated two billion people worldwide and is the most common nutritional deficiency known. Dr. Kosman’s seminal research has formed a foundation for studies on regulation of cellular metal homeostasis, and his studies have been groundbreaking in contributing to our understanding of copper and iron transport, metabolism, storage, and impact on genetic and molecular regulation. His research contributions, which are published in first rank journals, are high impact, highly cited, multidimensional, and multidisciplinary. His research has been nearly continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF) since joining UB in 1970. Dr. Kosman is a premier educator and mentor for students and fellows who also contributes significantly to important university and professional service functions.
  • Professor Paul Gootenberg, Stony Brook University – Dr. Gootenberg, a University of Chicago Ph.D., is one of the nation's foremost Latin American scholars. A former Rhodes Scholar at Oxford and Guggenheim fellow, he has taught at Stony Brook University for two decades, where he is now Professor of History and Sociology. Six of his early essays in the economic and social history of the Andes earned top academic prizes. By the mid-1990s, Dr. Gootenberg began to pioneer an entirely new realm of academic inquiry: the global history of drugs. His landmark 2008 book, Andean Cocaine: The Making of a Global Drug, has been universally acclaimed as a transformative book in the field of drug history, which Professor Gootenberg's writings continue to shape. As Director of Latin American Studies from 2000-05, his thematic project "Durable Inequalities in Latin America" won the university's first Rockefeller Foundation grant ($325,000) and led to a path-breaking volume on hemispheric inequality, a pressing hemispheric social dilemma. In August 2012, Dr. Gootenberg was the only academic invited to address the President Drug Czar's annual National Drugs Intelligence Summit.
  • Professor James M. Lattimer, Stony Brook University – Dr. Lattimer, of Stony Brook University, is an internationally recognized expert in the properties of hot dense matter that is found in neutron stars and other astronomical objects. His research spans the fields of nuclear physics and astrophysics, and he has significantly contributed to both. Perhaps his most important work is the development of models for the properties of dense nuclear matter. His models have been widely accepted and used by researchers in the astrophysical community, leading to the solution of a host of astrophysical problems. Most recently, he and his former students discovered superfluidity in a neutron star.

The Distinguished Teaching Professorship recognizes and honors mastery of teaching. For this prestigious tribute 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. Further, a faculty member must have attained and held the rank of full professor for five years, have completed at least three years of full-time teaching on the nominating campus, 10 years of full-time teaching in the System, and must have regularly carried a full-time teaching load as defined by the campus at the undergraduate, graduate, or professional level. Receiving this rank today are:

  • Professor David McDowall, University at Albany – Dr. McDowall has taught the courses in the University at Albany’s doctoral statistics sequence for nearly 20 years and has done so with unparalleled skill. In an area fraught with student anxiety, Professor McDowall instinctively translates complex quantitative topics into an accessible, even enjoyable, classroom experience. His enthusiasm for statistical methods is clearly infectious. Professor McDowall is also an exceptional mentor. Having served on more than 25 dissertation committees and numerous comprehensive exam committees, it is safe to say that Professor McDowall has directly influenced the success of some of the brightest minds in the field. His outstanding reputation as a teacher and mentor is renowned throughout the discipline and beyond. His skill and dedication were recently acknowledged by his peers when he was selected to receive the American Society of Criminology’s Teaching Award, an honor recognizing career-length excellence as a teacher and mentor. In 2005, he won the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the University at Albany Excellence in Teaching Award.
  • Professor Robert S. Darling, SUNY Cortland – Dr. Darling has devoted over two decades to the art of teaching and learning. His thorough planning for every course has yielded consistently outstanding course teacher evaluations at SUNY Cortland. Professor Darling implements a variety of teaching methods, including video, graphs, PowerPoint, and innovative hands-on activities to instill in his students a genuine enthusiasm for learning. Adhering to the credo that “students come first,” Dr. Darling maintains high standards, challenges students and works tirelessly to ensure their academic success. As a faculty mentor, Dr. Darling engages majors and non-majors in professional undergraduate and graduate research. He maintains longstanding mentoring relationships with former students, now colleagues in the field, who attest to the positive impact he has made on their lives. Professor Darling possesses a strong record of scholarship, grant awards and active participation in the New York State Geological Association and the New York State Museum. Former faculty advisor, department chair, and a recipient of the 1999 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Dr. Darling is an inspirational role model for all educators.
  • Professor Binita R. Shah, Downstate Medical Center – Dr. Shah is a Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine and Clinical Pediatrics at Downstate Medical Center, where she has taught for thirty-three years. Her range of knowledge has been called encyclopedic, and she lectures on subjects ranging from 'Life-threatening Dermatosis' to 'Child Abuse.' She has instructed and inspired thousands of residents, medical students, nurses, and other physicians. She is first author on the acclaimed Atlas of Pediatric Clinical Diagnosis and the equally renowned Atlas of Pediatric Emergency Medicine. both of which are extolled by leaders in the field as "classics ... that no pediatrics department should be without." Aside from creating these indispensable teaching tools, she has published countless articles in peer-reviewed journals, disseminating her expertise in pediatric emergency medicine and even changing the way it is taught. In high demand as a speaker, she tirelessly delivers powerful presentations at national and international conferences, as well as grand rounds sessions within the New York area. Her students and colleagues unanimously revere her for her depth of insight, her leadership in her discipline, and her devotion to the human endeavor of teaching.
  • Professor Wendy K. Pogozelski, SUNY Geneseo – Dr. Pogozelski is an exceptional teacher, widely-published researcher, dedicated servant of the campus community and her profession, and a role model who has profoundly shaped the lives and careers of scores of students. She 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. Professor Pogozelski has mentored dozens of undergraduate researchers who not only learn from her internationally recognized work on mitochondrial DNA but conduct sophisticated, independent research of their own, leading nearly all of them to graduate programs and medical schools. She cares about her students as individuals in tangible ways; she builds their confidence in their own potential, even in their darkest hours, while holding them to very high standards as scientists. Her dedication to finding and creating course materials to help them learn extends beyond Geneseo; her contributions to chemistry education – including an interdisciplinary course on DNA for mathematicians and her work on using low-carbohydrate diets as a pathway to teach metabolism, among others – have received national and international plaudits.
  • Professor Mary K. Roden-Tice, SUNY Plattsburgh – Dr. Mary Roden-Tice, Professor in the Center for Earth and Environmental Science has been a dedicated and tireless teacher, prodigious and creative scholar and a generous and caring member of the College community at SUNY Plattsburgh for 24 years. She is beloved and admired by students and faculty alike because she leads and motivates everyone around her by example in a modest and nonjudgmental way. Dr. Roden-Tice sets high standards for her students and herself, but never leaves anyone behind. She is a world-class scholar who involves her students in every aspect of her work; first by instilling a sense of curiosity and wonder and then by carefully mentoring them through the intricacies of the research. She has had a profound impact on the professional development of SUNY Plattsburgh's students.

The Distinguished Service Professorship honors and recognizes extraordinary service. Candidates must have demonstrated substantial distinguished service not only at the campus and the State University, but also at the community, regional and State levels. Further, many candidates for appointment have rendered influential service contributing at the national and international levels. Service must exceed the work generally considered to be a part of a candidate's basic professional work and should include service that exceeds that for which professors are normally compensated. It must also extend over multiple years and, very importantly, must involve the application of intellectual skills drawing from the candidate’s scholarly and research interests to issues of public concern. Receiving this rank today are:

  • Professor W. Bruce Leslie, SUNY Brockport – Dr. Leslie’s extraordinary service to the State University of New York culminates a career-long commitment to his scholarly discipline – the history of higher education – and the universities he is connected to. He has worked tirelessly to highlight the history and significance of the College at Brockport; his efforts include organization of the College’s archival record, two symposia, and a book on its history. Professor Leslie also led efforts to record and celebrate the SUNY system’s important contributions; this includes co-planning the 2009 conference, “Celebration of the 60th Anniversary of SUNY” and co-editing the resulting book, SUNY and the Promise of Higher Education. He has been particularly effective organizing and energizing alumni. Dr. Leslie’s services have benefitted other colleges in the SUNY system, the Brockport overseas program at Brunel University in London, and his Alma Mater, Princeton University. In 1996-1997, Dr. Leslie served as a Fulbright Senior Scholar at Aarhus University in Denmark; he has had a regular appointment as visiting scholar at Cambridge University; he has established a fruitful relationship between Brockport and the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.
  • Professor Lynn Mather, University at Buffalo – Professor Mather is an internationally recognized scholar of socio-legal studies and public law, and has had a long and distinguished academic career that spans four decades. Through this remarkable period, she has demonstrated exceptional scholarly output woven into the fabric of public service and excellent teaching. It is Professor Mather's service to the nation and the world – in the context of her scholarship and intellectual disciplines—that truly stands out. At UB, this distinguished service is exemplified by her role as Director of the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy from 2002-2008 as well as by her ongoing leadership in helping shape an innovative, interdisciplinary paradigm for scholarly research and collaboration. Internationally, she has likewise been a tireless champion of interdisciplinary work. She rose to the pinnacle of the Law and Society Association, being elected as the organization's president—an honor reserved for the highest levels of service and scholarship. Dr. Mather continues to be among the top figures in this important scholarly association, shaping its intellectual pursuits and mentoring younger colleagues in the field.
  • Professor Peter M. McGinnis, SUNY Cortland – Dr. McGinnis is an expert in the biomechanics of pole vaulting. He is a prolific researcher and presenter. Professor McGinnis’ service at SUNY Cortland includes co-chairing the College Research Committee and chairing the School of Professional Studies Personnel Committee, the College Curriculum Review Committee, and the Graduate Faculty Executive Committee. He has served as the volunteer coach of the SUNY Cortland vaulters since 1990. Dr. McGinnis is the biomechanist for the pole vault event for USA Track and Field. He has provided biomechanical analyses to elite U.S. pole vaulters, Olympic champions, and their coaches since 1983. He has led pole vault clinics for beginning vaulters throughout Central New York and the nation. He has been a biomechanics consultant and an expert witness in several pole vault accident litigations. Dr. McGinnis is a national leader in the improvement of pole vault safety. Since 2005, he has chaired the American Society for Testing and Materials-International (ASTM) F08.67 Pole Vault Equipment Subcommittee that develops standards for pole vault equipment.
  • Professor Audree A. Bendo, Downstate Medical Center – Dr. Bendo has been an esteemed member of Downstate Medical Center's faculty since 1985. Her roles in the Department of Anesthesiology include Executive Vice Chair, Vice Chair for Education, and Residency Program Director. A prominent authority in Neuroanesthesiology, she has over 35 publications in peer-reviewed journals and textbooks. Similarly, she has presented over 135 invitational lectures at professional assemblies worldwide. Her academic expertise has been recognized by the New York State Education Department, via her appointment to their Advisory Committee on Long-Term Clinical Clerkships. Dr. Bendo tirelessly labors for numerous academic and hospital committees at Downstate and contributes to diverse professional organizations, like the New York State Society of Anesthesiologists, where she is Vice Chair of the Post Graduate Assembly's Scientific Program, and as Chair of the Annual Meeting Committee for the American Society of Anesthesiologists. Her commitment to excellence has molded and amplified the education and professional development of Downstate's Anesthesia residents, fellows, and faculty. Her devoted service to her field, to teaching and to scholarly pursuits, raises the bar for state-of-the-art medical education while advancing superlative patient care.
  • Professor Richard C. Smardon, SUNY ESF – Dr. Smardon has an outstanding record of service to the university, his professional colleagues and the community, both locally and beyond. In more than three decades with the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF), Professor Smardon has served as a full professor for more than 15 years, also acting as Co-Director of the SUNY Great Lakes Research Consortium, Co-Director of ESF's Division of Environmental Science, Director of ESF's Graduate Program in Environmental Science, chair of the Department of Environmental Studies, and director of the Randolph G. Pack Environmental Institute Professor Smardon's record encompasses sustained, effective service at every level: national and international, state-wide and local. He serves his students and professional organizations, and partners with an array of colleagues, sharing his expertise with organizations and agencies working to solve environmental challenges. His scholarly expertise and commitment to his profession and the university are a testament to his outstanding record of service to the ESF campus, SUNY, and the world beyond the university.
  • Professor Kenneth B. Andrews, SUNY Potsdam – As a faculty member at The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, Professor Andrews has attained national and international recognition primarily for his unparalleled work as founder, conductor, and musical director of the Orchestra of Northern New York (ONNY); a regional, professional symphony orchestra formed in 1988 and based in Potsdam, NY. ONNY is comprised of musicians from the Crane Artist/Faculty, Northeastern U.S., Canadian musicians from Ottawa, Montreal, and Toronto, and from the Student Apprenticeship Program (exceptional Crane students chosen by audition). ONNY performs seven pairs of concerts yearly and has presented several hundred concerts throughout Northern NY and Southern Canada since its inception. He has been a guest conductor with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Vermont Symphony, and as Music Director and guest conductor for professional, college, and youth orchestras and festivals throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe and has been featured on public radio and television. During his tenure at Crane, Andrews has maintained one of the most successful studios with students receiving numerous achievements including assistantships and fellowships at premiere graduate institutions in the U.S. as well as winning national competitions, positions in major orchestras and teaching in universities and music education positions. As a flutist, Mr. Andrews performed as Associate Principal Flute with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and has been Principal and Guest Principal with several other orchestras and festivals.
  • Professor Lori Maida, Westchester Community College – Dr. Maida has established a noteworthy record of service to her students, department, division, College, SUNY and the community. Her work with the Global Scholars Program at Westchester Community College has resulted in many community service projects between students and community agencies, and the people of Westchester County. Over five years her students have created twenty-nine projects, each one important in topic and scope. Dr. Maida has been an outstanding asset to her department, creating new courses including on-line offerings and bringing a scholarly outlook to each of her courses. Her students learn research techniques and bring their proposals to successful conclusions under her tutelage. Her oversight of the Beacon Conferences designed to offer students opportunities to present their research in a public forum, has been part of her dedication to scholarship, which she continued by bringing students to the Showcase of Student work seen in Albany by the legislators and others. A role model for women's accomplishments, she guided the College through a number of Women’s History Month activities, bringing well-known featured speakers to address the public sessions during the month's activities. Her connections on editorial boards, has helped to shape and modify undergraduate sociology teaching and learning. She keeps her teaching and research current within her discipline and engages students whose work with her has helped them to gain admission to prestigious colleges and universities.

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