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SUNY Chancellor's Awards Presented to Edward Leonard, Heidi Weber, Michael Strmiska

Congratulations to SUNY Orange professors Heidi Weber and Edward Leonard, who have been named recipients of the 2017 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, as well as to their colleague Michael Strmiska who has been presented with the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities.

Weber and Strmiska teach in the College's Global Studies Department while Leonard is a profesor and clinical coordinator within the Physical Therapist Assistant Department.

The Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence, the highest honors that can be bestowed upon community college employees by the SUNY system, are presented annually to faculty and staff in six categories: faculty service, librarianship, professional service, scholarship and creative activities, teaching, and classified service.

“The many faculty and staff honored with the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence are the best of our best, having ensured student success as they educate and mentor students with innovative approaches to academic instruction, infuse curricula with applied learning opportunities, adapt best practices from throughout SUNY, and much more,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher. “It is an honor to recognize the excellent work of Edward, Heidi and Michael at SUNY Orange, and that of their colleagues across SUNY. Congratulations to all of this year’s recipients."

The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching recognizes consistently superior teaching at the graduate, undergraduate, or professional level in keeping with SUNY’s commitment to providing its students with instruction of the highest quality. The primary criterion is skill in teaching. Additionally, consideration is also given to sound scholarship (usually demonstrated through publications or artistic productions), outstanding service to students, as well as service to the State University and to the campus.

The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities recognizes consistently outstanding scholarly and creative productivity conducted in addition to teaching. Honorees must demonstrate a sustained record of having work published in research publications, along with a record of presenting at national and/or international conferences. Additionally, a record of excellence in creative activity appropriate for the specific field or discipline is required.

Mike Albright