CAS New Faculty Reception 2017

The start of the school year is always a time for new projects and new faces. The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) introduced its own new faces on Friday at a reception in the University Art Museum, honoring 17 new faculty members, including a Visiting Assistant Professor.

“I am very pleased to extend a warm welcome to the 17 talented scientists, scholars, and artists who have joined the College this fall,” said CAS Dean Edelgard Wulfert. “You bring to Albany your unique backgrounds, ideas and experiences, and we are confident that you will push the frontiers of knowledge and make significant contributions to our mission of academic excellence.”

Wulfert noted that UAlbany is in an exciting period of growth and transformation under the leadership of a new president, Dr. Havilán Rodríguez. She mentioned the recent addition of two new colleges – the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity – and she stated that CAS is similarly poised for growth by adding new degree programs and expanding its research footprint with major new grants.

“For example, we are developing a new Master’s of Science programs in Data Science and a Graduate Certificate Program in Autism,’ she said. “In addition, our scientists have been extremely successful in attracting major funding, such as The Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities which received a $10 million endowment grant to train future researchers in health disparities of underrepresented groups.”

CAS is the University’s largest academic unit, supporting more than 300 faculty members housed in 21 departments and enrolling more than 7,000 students in its degree programs. The College provides the liberal arts foundation of a UAlbany education and is home to areas of study spanning the fine and performing arts, the sciences and mathematics, social and behavioral sciences, and the humanities.

Among the new faculty honored were Karla Kash, Associate Professor and Director of the Theatre Program, Kyra Gaunt, Assistant Professor in the Music Program whose area of expertise is Black Music Studies and Wen Liu, Assistant Professor in Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies. The College also recruited three outstanding mathematicians and two scientists, one in the Department of Biological Sciences and one in the Department of Chemistry. For a complete list of the new CAS faculty and their academic specialties please visit the following link: http://www.albany.edu/cas/81419.php

Wulfert praised the new faculty members as artists, researchers and scholars, and noted their equally important roles as educators and mentors of students.

“The enthusiasm that you as an instructor have for your subject matter sets the tone in the classroom, and your enthusiasm transmits itself to students and makes them want to learn,” she said. “You can inspire students in many different ways: in the classroom, in your labs or studios, or simply during your office hours.”


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