Seeking Nominees for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching

You may or may not know that SUNY has created an Excellence Award in Adjunct Teaching.  Last year Genesee honored Pam Lusk and Ed Grabowski.  We are now calling for nominations from the college and community for our 2017 honorees.  Faculty, staff and students may submit nominations for this award, but the nominee must meet the criteria outlined below.  We have developed an online survey to take nominations.  No more nominations will be accepted after 12:00 PM NOON on October 3rd, 2016.

To nominate someone go to:

We stress that the quality of the nomination profoundly influences the thinking of the selection committee.  Please reflect on the criteria below and directly address how your nominee meets these.

The Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence are System-level honors conferred to acknowledge and provide system-wide recognition for superior professional achievement and to encourage the ongoing pursuit of continuous academic excellence.  These programs underscore SUNY’s commitment to sustaining intellectual vibrancy, advancing the boundaries of knowledge, providing the highest quality of instruction, and serving the public good.  All nominations should include a statement outlining how the prospective nominee meets the following criteria.

The primary criterion is skill in teaching.

Teaching Techniques and Representative Materials – There must be positive evidence that the candidate performs superbly in educational environments.   The nominee must maintain instructional policies that adapt readily to student needs, interests and problems.  Mastery of teaching techniques must be demonstrated and substantiated.

Candidates’ evaluations of students’ work must be strongly supported by evidence. When available, student evaluations (in the form of student questionnaires administered and compiled by persons other than the nominee) may provide a clear idea of the nominee’s effectiveness in teaching.

Additional consideration, as appropriate, may be given to:

  • Outstanding support for the intellectual growth of individual students;
  • Demonstrated use of relevant contemporary data from their discipline(s) in their teaching. Evidence may be scholarly and/or widely recognized experience in the field;
  • Number of students per course; and
  • Different teaching techniques employed.

Eligibility Criteria Specific to the EIAT

  • Nominees must be Adjunct Faculty as generally defined by the specific SUNY institution. Individuals serving in full-time professional or academic positions at a SUNY institution are not eligible for this award;
  • Nominees must have taught, over the proceeding five years, a total of courses equivalent to one-half of a three-year full-time teaching load in the appropriate department (a minimum of 45 credit hours over five years);
  • Nominees may also serve in adjunct roles at other educational institutions; and
  • Nominees must be employed by the nominating campus at the time of the nomination.

There are also circumstances that preclude nomination regardless of the program.  The following are special conditions that limit eligibility and these restrictions apply to all programs:

  • Individuals holding Distinguished Faculty Rank:  Distinguished Librarian, Distinguished Professor, Distinguished Service Professor and Distinguished Teaching Professor – may not be nominated for an Excellence Award in any of the categories;
  • Recipients of an Excellence Award may not be nominated for another Excellence Award within a five-year interval;
  • Recipients of an Excellence Award may not be re-nominated for an award in the same category;
  • The chief campus officer for academic, student, or administrative affairs, or persons serving in these capacities, may not be nominated for an Excellence Award.  Other exclusions include the following as well as other comparable titles:  Direct reports to the President or Chancellor, Vice Chancellors and above, Vice Presidents and above, Vice Provosts and above, Senior Counsels and above, and the Deans of the College of Ceramics at Alfred University and the New York State Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, of Human Ecology, of Industrial and Labor Relations, and of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University; and
  • Posthumous nominations are ineligible.

No more nominations will be accepted after 12:00 PM NOON on Oct. 3rd, 2016.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact the committee chair, Derek Maxfield, at

To nominate someone go to:


Career Exploration Fair

Our Second Annual Career Exploration Fair

Tuesday, September 27th
12:30 – 2 p.m.
Main Forum, Batavia Campus
From 12:30 pm until 2:00 pm

Please share this great opportunity with your students!

Career Services invites you to attend the Career Exploration Fair on Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 at the Batavia Campus Forum from 12:30p – 2:00p. If you are a current or prospective student, this is the perfect opportunity to explore the majors and future career opportunities available to you with a degree from GCC!

Several GCC degree programs will have a representative available to answer questions and discuss major and career options. To view the full list of our degree programs please visit:

We will also have representatives and resources from Student Activities, The Leadership Certificate Program and Athletics that can help you boost your resume by getting involved on campus!

In addition to interacting with faculty from across campus:

  • Take advantage of a LinkedIn photo booth to have a professional headshot taken and “opt in” to the Faces of GCC Campaign
  • Take a career assessment quiz through Purple Briefcase that can help determine what careers best match your personality

This event is FREE and open to both the students and the community!


If you have any questions concerning the Career Exploration Event, please feel free to contact our office by phone (585) 345-6888 or by e-mail at

We look forward to seeing you on September 27th!

Supported by: Phi Theta Kappa

Student Essay Content – Win $1,000!

You could win a $1,000 and a trip to Austin, Texas!

The annual Scott Wright Student Essay Contest honors Scott Wright, past editor of Community College Week.

Student authors are to describe a faculty member, staff member, or administrator who encouraged them to complete a course, finish a semester, or graduate from college, and how that encouragement helped them reach their goal. Learn more about criteria, terms, deadlines, and prizes here.

Basic criteria:

  • no more than 500 words
  • must be about someone at Genesee (yes, the college is a NISOD member) who helped you complete a course, semester or other educational goal
  • you must be enrolled during the Spring 2017 semester
  • must be submitted by February 3, 2017

Full criteria list is on the NISOD website.

Start Your Leadership Certificate!

Have you ever considered learning about or brushing up on your leadership skills?  If so, the Leadership Certificate Program, may be right for you!

Join us for an information session this Thursday to find out more about the program and what it can offer you.

Refreshments will be served and you’ll receive a free gift just for stopping by!


Interested in Sustainability?

The GCC Sustainability committee would like to recruit 2 – 3 students to be a part of our committee.

Any student that would be interested in the committee should contact either Karen Huffman ( ) or John McGowan ( ).

Committee details – we meet once a month on varying days but usually in the afternoon to discuss sustainability issues and initiatives for GCC and our community.


Transfer Events


RIT School of Business
Monday, September 12th
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
2nd Floor Hallway between C and D Wing
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
C222 – Academic Advisement & Transfer Office
Individual appointments, SIGN UP REQUIRED IN C222 or

RIT College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Monday, September 12th
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Canisius College
Thursday, September 15th
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
C222 – Academic Advisement & Transfer Office
Individual appointments, SIGN UP REQUIRED IN C222 or

Savannah College of Art & Design
Monday, September 19th
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Empire State College – SUNY
Monday, September 19th
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
C222 – Academic Advisement & Transfer Office
Individual appointments, SIGN UP REQUIRED IN C222 or

Niagara University
Tuesday, September 20th
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Daemen College
Wednesday, September 21st
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Excelsior College
Thursday, September 22nd
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
C222 – Academic Advisement & Transfer Office
Individual appointments, SIGN UP REQUIRED IN C222 or

“Where can we work?” Wednesdays

First session: Wednesday, August 31 —

  • Prudential
  • Genesee County Youth Bureau
  • Marshalls Department Store

Career Services Presents:

“Where can we work?” Wednesdays

Every other Wednesday: 9/14. 9/29, 10/12, 10.26/ 11/9/ 11/30

Time: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Place: Cafeteria


With every career field comes a professional position. Explore different opportunities within the working world to find our your endless options by meeting and greeting local professionals.


Access Purple Briefcase here:

Batavia Campus Closure – Saturday, Aug 27 at 1:00 pm


To the Campus Community:

Our electric supplier, National Grid, has informed the College that an urgent repair must take place to a nearby power source.  This will require shutting down all electrical service to the College on Saturday, August 27, 2016. In the interest of everyone’s safety, the College will close at 1 pm and will remain closed for the remainder of the day.


  • food service will not be open at all
  • the Student Union will be closed for the day
  • the Testing Center will be closed for the day
  • the Bookstore will close at noon
  • the Library will be closed for the day
  • all computer systems — including Genesis/Blackboard — will be offline during the power outage (1 pm to 8 pm)

The building will reopen Sunday morning at 10 am as scheduled.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience that this may cause.

For your reference the normal hours of operation, during the academic semester, at GCC hours is as follows:

  • Monday thru Friday from 6 am to 10 pm
  • Saturday from 6 am – 6 pm
  • Sunday from 10 am – 6 pm

Stephen Wise
Director of Campus Safety
SUNY Genesee Community College
1 College Road
Batavia, NY, 14020
585- 343-0055 ext 6847
Fax: 585-345-6883