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. Two faculty members received this tribute in 2002 for Excellence in Academic Service.

Anne E. FortuneAnne E. FortuneSocial Welfare

As an associate dean, Professor Anne (Ricky) E. Fortune has provided the School of Social Welfare and the University with more than a decade of sustained academic leadership of the very highest quality. Major curricular revisions enacted under her leadership included full-scale changes in the undergraduate curriculum and restructuring the department’s part-time program.

Considered an excellent mentor for new and part-time faculty, as well as for Ph.D. students, Fortune is known as a dedicated teacher of teachers. A tireless advocate for the importance of excellence in teaching, she has helped support many faculty members in their efforts to become better teachers.

Fortune has also put the University at Albany on the map in the study of gerontology. She directs the Hartford Foundation’s Internships in Aging Project, which is one of only five in the nation. Under Fortune’s leadership, the project has led to many innovations in services delivered to the elderly. She has also served on numerous School of Social Welfare committees, such as the Curriculum and Educational Policy and Ph.D. committees. Her other curricular leadership roles include serving on the Dean’s Advisory Committee and the Management Team, chairing the Task Force for the Macro/Management concentration, and serving as a member of the research sequence faculty.

Fortune has been editor of two major social work journals, Social Work Research and the Journal of Education of Social Work, and she has played a visible leadership role in the Council on Social Work Education by serving as a faculty representative to both the House of Delegates and the Board of Directors. In addition, she has served as a member of the Personnel and Budget and Finance committees of the council, and is currently the accreditation site visitor.

Excellence in Academic Service

Anne E. Fortune Edelgard Wulfert
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