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UAlbany Lecturers Recognized for Excellence 

ALBANY, N.Y. (March 3, 2016) -- State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher has announced that UAlbany lecturers Helen Stuetzel and Dennis McCarty are among the 46 system-wide recipients of the 2015-2016 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching.

The award recognizes consistently superior teaching at the graduate, undergraduate, or professional level.

Dr. Helen Stuetzel

Dr. Helen Stuetzel has taught at UAlbany for 28 years. 

Stuetzel, M.S. ’79, C.A.S. ’82, Ph.D. ’91, is a lecturer in the School of Education’s Department of Literacy Teaching and Learning. Her primary role has been teaching graduate level courses for practicing K-12 teachers. Over the last 28 years, she taught seven different master's level courses.

In 2009, she was awarded the Bertha E. Brimmer medal by the Alumni Association. Stuetzel retired as principal of Ballston Spa Middle School in 2009. She has worked for the Gloversville Enlarged School District in a variety of part-time capacities since then, and is currently a literacy consultant.

McCarty is a lecturer in the School of Criminal Justice who has served as a part-time contingent for more than 15 years. Since 2005, he has taught a seminar that is required for criminal justice students who also wish to receive credit for completing an internship. The course is designed to help students understand the workplace, improve work-related skills, and take charge of their careers.

This fall McCarty will offer a course on human trafficking for the new College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity. He is retired from the NYS Office of Homeland Security where he was an assistant director in charge of training and exercises. Prior to that, he was Chief of Program Services for the Office of Public Safety in the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services.

“Contingent faculty play a critical function is the role of higher education – both nationally and here at the University at Albany,” said James Stellar, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. “We are so fortunate to have such a talented and dedicated team of contingent faculty and congratulate Helen and Dennis on this honor.”

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