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.

Stephen MessnerStephen MessnerSociology

Since coming to Albany in 1982, Steven Messner, professor of sociology, has become the leading authority in crossnational studies of violent crime. He was also a winner of the Excellence in Teaching award in 1992. Yet his service in the governance of the Department of Sociology and University as a whole has been just as active and profound. He sees service the natural extension of a scholar and teacher. His work on the ad hoc committee to review the undergraduate program in sociology resulted in several recommendation on how to deal with declining enrollments; the result was an enrollment turnaround. As chair of Senate's Undergraduate Academic Council in 1994, he oversaw the review and approval of new undergraduate programs in actuarial and mathematical sciences. He also worked effectively with the General Education Committee - of which he was also a member - to increase the availability and insure credit loads for Gen Ed courses. Messner developed the model for the department's computer-intensive courses in the late '80s. He is a Faculty Mentor, a faculty associate for Colonial Quad, and helps recruit Presidential Scholars.

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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