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Reception Honors Newly Tenured Faculty

Administrators and faculty gather for a reception for newly tenured faculty. (Photos by Margaret Hartley) 

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 12, 2017) — Seventeen recently tenured faculty members were honored Wednesday at a reception in the Atrium of University Hall.

“This is a celebration of our core, of what we really are as an institution,” Interim President James Stellar said, kicking off what is expected to become an annual event. “The reason this is so important is because a University can be like a family. We work together, we have common goals. And there’s no way that works without faculty.”

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Some of the 17 newly tenured faculty members are, clockwise from top left, Bryan Early, introduced by Political Science Chair Julie Novkov; Dennis Caplan, introduced by School of Business Associate Dean Ingrid Fisher; Oleg Lunin, introduced by Associate Professor of Physics Keith Earle; and Nancy Poehlmann, introduced by Dean of Libraries Rebecca Mugridge.

Interim Provost Darrell Wheeler thanked the faculty, all of whom received tenure during the 2015-2016 academic year, “for sharing your time and talent with us. Without you we could not be a Research I University.”

The newly tenured faculty were introduced by senior faculty, department chairs or deans, who read off lists of publications, grants, achievements and contributions to the University. And they were toasted with a wine and cheese reception.

Faculty members who received tenure during the 2015-2016 academic year are:

  • Pradeep Atrey, Computer Sciences, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • Amy Bloch, Art and Art History, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Dennis Caplan, Accounting and Law, School of Business
  • Jason D’Cruz, Philosophy, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Frank Dillon, Counseling Psychology, School of Education
  • Bryan Early, Political Science, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy
  • Adam Gordon, Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Ilka Kressner, Languages, Literature and Culture, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Luis Luna-Reyes, Public Administration and Policy, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy
  • Oleg Lunin, Physics, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Erica Martin, Public Administration and Policy, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy
  • Matthew Matsaganis, Communication, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Ewan McNay, Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Nancy Poehlman, University Libraries
  • Ramune Reliene, Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health
  • Ellen Rubin, Public Administration and Policy, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy
  • Ying Wang, Finance, School of Business
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