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

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Message from the SUNY Chancellor


With the new year now in full swing and a new semester upon us, I wanted to take a moment on behalf of the entire SUNY system to officially welcome you to 2013.

You may not know it yet, but you are a member of the biggest family in New York State. With approximately 468,000 students and millions of alumni around the world, the State University of New York’s 64 campuses make up the largest and one of the most well-renowned systems of higher education in the country – and you’re an important part of it!

Of course, as a system we are constantly working to put big ideas into action for your future. We’re ensuring you can study in a field able to deliver on a career. We’re making college costs more transparent. We’re building a modern online learning system that works across the state and all over the world. And, we’re making it more seamless than ever to transfer between SUNY campuses.

We haven’t been at this alone. The past three years have been spent listening, planning, and engaging with your fellow students and your campus leadership on where to take SUNY next. The good news is, we are always listening to the great ideas and advice that come from our stakeholders.

As part of the SUNY family, you are also a part of Generation SUNY. Our social media presence is stronger than ever, and is the ideal forum for you to engage with each other and directly with your State University. Whether you’re into Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or LinkedIn, we’re waiting to hear from you. The Generation SUNY Blog is also a great place to catch up on the latest and greatest SUNY news, and to let us know what you think.

I have a good feeling that this year will be one of our best yet. Your academic profile is beyond impressive, and we see amazing things on the horizon for all of our students and college campuses. It is with great enthusiasm that I wish you a productive, engaging, and enjoyable spring semester.

Welcome to the family! 

Nancy L. Zimpher
Chancellor, The State University of New York

P.S. – Next time you visit Generation SUNY on YouTube, be sure to check out the 2013 State of the University Address.