University at Albany

Excellence in Academic Service

Each year, the University at Albany honors special members of its community with Excellence Awards denoting exceptional contributions to the life of the campus. Three faculty members received this tribute in 1996 for Excellence in Academic Service.

Bonnie SpanierBonnie SpanierWomen's Studies

In her 12 years at the University, Bonnie Spanier led the Women's Studies Program into Departmental status, holding the position of chair for 10 years. When she left the post in 1994, she was chair of a strong and dynamic department with a growing number of interdepartmental and full-time faculty, a graduate Certificate Program in Women and Public Policy, and a proposed MA degree. The first faculty member with a full-time appointment in Women's Studies, her enthusiasm and unflagging devotion to discipline, and ability to get busy faculty to dedicate time and energy outside their home departments to Women's Studies were pivotal to the disciplines progress at Albany. Spanier received both the University's Presidential Award and the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1992. she currently chair of the College of Arts and Sciences Academic Planning Committee, has served as chair of the Senate Undergraduate Academic Council, and since 1988 been a mentor of students at risk. She was co-founder and co-president of the Albany chapter of the Association for Women in Science, and currently serves on the editorial boards of two scholarly journals.

Excellence in Academic Service

Stephen Messner Bonnie Spanier Mary Beth Winn
Stephen Messner
Bonnie Spanier
Women's Studies
Mary Beth Winn
French Studies

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