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.

Mary Beth WinnMary Beth WinnFrench Studies

Throughout her 22 years at Albany, Mary Beth Winn, associate professor and chair of the Department of French Studies, has worked diligently to promote opportunities for University students in addition to her outstanding contributions as scholar and teacher. As director of the interdisciplinary Doctor of Arts in Humanistic Studies from 1990 to 1994, she oversaw the expansion of fields of study and a doubling of student enrollment, despite the program's almost total reliance on volunteer support from other departments' faculty. Since becoming department chair in 1994, the French Studies has obtained three prestigious grants from the Cultural Service of the French Embassy, and it was through her efforts that a strong link was established for the University in the High School Program with area French teachers. The recent recipient of her second National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship, she has been active on executive and search committees and advisory boards. In addition, she has been credited with being the primary agent in the transition of Phi Beta Kappa from the founding generation to the present at Albany.

Excellence in Academic Service

Stephen Messner Bonnie Spanier Mary Beth Winn
Stephen Messner

Women's Studies
Mary Beth Winn
French Studies

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