ALBANY, N.Y. (May 23, 2003) - The State University
of New York Board of Trustees has named three University
at Albany faculty members to the rank of Distinguished Professor,
a designation for eminent faculty in the SUNY system. Steven
Messner and Stephen North were named distinguished teaching
professors. John Pipkin was named a distinguished service
professor. Both titles are a full rank above that of full
The Distinguished Teaching Professorship honors and
recognizes outstanding teaching. To be appointed to this
rank, candidates must have a record of consistently superior
performance in each criterion for selection for the rank:
mastery of teaching skills (teaching techniques), scholarship
and professional growth, student services, and academic
standards and requirements and evaluation of student performance.
Messner has been on the UAlbany faculty since 1982. A professor
and chair of the Department of Sociology, his research has
focused on the relationship between social organizations
and crime, with a particular emphasis on criminal homicide.
In addition to having published more than 60 articles in
professional journals, Messner is co-author of Crime and
the American Dream, and Perspectives on Crime and Deviance.
He is recognized as one of the nation's leading authorities
in crossnational studies of violent crime. He received
University's Excellence in Teaching award in 1992 and the
Excellence in Research award in 1996. Messner earned his
M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University.
from UAlbany in 1979 and joined the English Department faculty
in 1981. He was promoted to associate
professor in 1987 and to professor in 1998. He views himself
as a "teacher of writing and a teacher of teachers of
writing." His teaching experiences are extremely varied,
from one-on-one tutoring in the Writing Center through course
work at the graduate level. Known as a nationally visible
scholar in the fields of rhetoric, composition and literacy
studies, North has published two books, seven book chapters
and 15 articles in refereed journals. His first book, The
Making of Knowledge in Composition: Portrait of an Emerging
Field, was published in 1987 and is required reading in graduate
writing programs across the country.
The Distinguished Service
Professorship honors and recognizes extraordinary service.
Candidates must have demonstrated
substantial distinguished service not only at the campus
and the State University, but also at the community, regional
and State levels. Further, many candidates for appointment
to the rank have rendered influential service contributing
at the national and international levels.
Pipkin was named
a Collins Fellow in 2001. His years at UAlbany have been
distinguished by service in many administrative
positions and volunteer capacities. He chaired the Department
of Geography and Planning from 1983 to 1986 and, in 1992,
was appointed to the faculty of the Ph.D. program in Information
Science. He also served as dean of Undergraduate Studies
and associate vice president for Academic Affairs 1995
to 1999. Pipkin received his bachelor and master's degrees
the University of Sheffield in his native England, then
earned his M.S. and his Ph.D. at Northwestern. Pipkin, whose
interests include urban, economic, and transportation geography
and urban design, has also written or co-authored numerous
books, book chapters, and reports.