UAlbany Honors Four Distinguished Professors
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ALBANY, N.Y. (May 31, 2002) – The State University of New York Board of Trustees has named four University at Albany faculty members to the rank of Distinguished Professor, a designation for eminent faculty in the SUNY system. Glenna D. Spitze and Timothy Lance were named distinguished service professors, a designation honoring extraordinary service. David P. McCaffrey and Jan L. Hagen were named distinguished teaching professors, a designation recognizing outstanding teaching. Both titles are a full rank above that of full professor.

Spitze, who recently served as chair of the Department of Sociology, has been an elected member of several American Sociological Association committees and section councils, as well as a member of a National Institutes of Health review panel, of Sociologists for Women in Society, and of the editorial boards of ten professional journals. Spitze earned her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, and has a joint appointment in the Department of Women’s Studies. Spitze’s major areas of interest are families, gender and aging. Her recent book (with John Logan), Family Ties: Enduring Relations between Parents and Their Grown Children, won the Family Section’s Goode Award. Current research projects concern intergenerational relations, household labor and illness self-management of elderly persons with chronic disease.

Lance, chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, has also been named distinguished service professor. He has been a teacher, mentor, researcher, associate vice president and member and chair of numerous search committees. Lance is also a member of many professional organizations, such as the American Mathematical Society, and served on Gov. George Pataki’s Goals 2000 Review Committee. Since 1998, Lance has functioned as the chief executive officer of NYSERNet, the company that provides advanced Internet services to New York State’s research and education community. Lance received his Ph.D. from Princeton University. His research interests include algebraic and differential topology and group actions on manifolds.

McCaffrey is the chair of the Department of Public Administration and Policy. In addition to teaching a wide range of courses at graduate and undergraduate levels, including critical core courses, he has been the chair or co-chair of 19 Ph.D. dissertations and a member of 40 other doctoral dissertation committees. McCaffrey’s specialization is in organizational theory and the regulation of economic activity. He earned his Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and his research interests are the design and behavior of regulatory and self regulatory systems, especially in the financial markets, and processes of cooperation and collaboration. Among his publications are Wall Street Polices Itself: How Securities Firms Manage the Legal Hazards of Competitive Pressures (with David W. Hart) (Oxford University Press, 1998), The Politics of Nuclear Power: A History of the Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1991), and OSHA and the Politics of Health Regulation (Plenum Publishing, 1982).

Hagen, a professor in the School of Social Welfare, has also been named distinguished teaching professor. Hagen, who earned her Ph.D. in 1982 from the University of Minnesota, has been an exemplary teacher, mentor and scholar. In addition to teaching a wide range of courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, she is known for her leadership as chair and member of numerous Ph.D. dissertation committees. Hagen has research interests in public welfare, welfare employment programs and battered women. Her publications encompass the subjects of welfare employment programs, welfare "reform," income maintenance workers, battered women and homelessness. She has a joint appointment in the Department of Women’s Studies. Hagen serves as a consulting editor for several social work journals and as the president of the New York State Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

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