A former Acting Dean in the School of Social Welfare and a current department chair have been named 1996 Collins Fellows.
Susan Sherman of the School of Social Welfare, and Carlos E. Santiago of the Department of Latin American and Caribbean Studies will be presented with the annual award, granted to faculty members who have demonstrated dedication to the University and its community over an extended period of time, at the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 19, at Knickerbocker Arena.
Sherman joined the University community 22 years ago, and has since assumed many roles. As director of the Institute of Gerontology she helped bring important funding to the University through grants from the National Institute of Mental Health ("Curriculum Development in Gerontology"), New York City Community College, and the State Office for the Aging.
In 1988 Sherman became acting dean of the School of Social Welfare when the search for a new Dean was initially unsuccessful. She served on the Council on Promotion and Tenure, on the Advisory Board for the Center for Social and Demographic Analysis, and has been a grant or expert panel reviewer for at least nine funding agencies.
She has also served as a consultant for several major research projects at other universities, and been a reviewer for most of the major gerontology journals including The Journal of Gerontology, Gerontologist, and the International Journal of Aging and Human Development.
Sherman was president of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education from 1989-90, and has made Capital District contributions through board membership in organizations such as Senior Service Centers of Albany and B'nai Brith Parkview Senior Apartments.
Santiago joined the University almost a decade ago and has served as chair of the University Budget panel and of the University's Affirmative Action Commission. Now chair-elect of the University Senate and a member of the University Council, Santiago has shown consistent dedicated service to the departments of Latin American and Caribbean studies (where he is chair) and Economics, and has given much time and provided insight as well to the Executive Board of the Center for Latino, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Personnel Committee, the Undergraduate Academic Council, the Educational Policy Council, and various University search committees.
He has obtained grants for his own research and for institutional programs promoting significant international collaborations, faculty development opportunities, and study-abroad experiences for students. A highly visible presence in such international organizations as the Latin American Studies Association and Social Sci-ence Research Council, Santiago is currently on the edi-torial boards of the Latin American Research Review, the field's premier journal, and Hispanic Business.
He has served on various research teams of important professional organizations such as the National Puerto Rican Coalition, and was instrumental in getting the New York State Legislature to finance a legislative internship program for Latino students that provided them with valuable work experience. Santiago also received the University's Excellence Award in Academic Service in 1994.