Two Faculty Receive New SUNY Award
SUNY Oneonta faculty members Carol Exley (Education) and Cynthia Klink (Anthropology) are among 43 recipients of the SUNY system’s inaugural Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching, announced Feb. 12 by SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. The awards recognizes consistently superior teaching at the graduate, undergraduate or professional level.
“Adjunct teachers are a key component of the SUNY faculty, providing top-quality instruction and making an important contribution to academic success and degree completion among students,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “Those honored with our inaugural awards today are truly the best of the best, having demonstrated extraordinary dedication to their students and an exceptional commitment to teaching excellence. Congratulations to all of this year’s honorees.”
In comments on the awards, President Nancy Kleniewski highlighted Exley and Klink’s distinguished contributions to teaching and scholarship at SUNY Oneonta. “Forty of Ms. Exley’s peers wrote letters, unsolicited, in support of this nomination, a testament to the value she brings to our Division of Education,” she said. “They often identify her as a mentor for their own growth and marvel at her effectiveness as a teacher who demonstrates that student achievement is the responsibility of every educator, and that rigor and high expectations lead to excellence.”
Kleniewski highlighted Klink’s “extraordinary” attention to broadening the curriculum within the Department of Anthropology. “As a scholar, the example she sets for her students is exemplary. The volume of her research rivals that of her tenure-track colleagues, and its quality is exceptional. Ms. Klink’s work has appeared in several peer-reviewed publications, and she has presented it over two dozen times at academic conferences.”