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 2003 for Excellence in Academic Service.

Janet PerloffJanet PerloffPublic Health

Janet Perloff has made a huge impact in a dual role at the University. Not only is she the associate dean for research in the School of Social Welfare, but she is also a professor in the School of Public Health. During her 12 years at the University, Perloff has enhanced both schools through her service, research, and teaching.

At the School of Social Welfare, Perloff served as director of the undergraduate program from 1991-1993. During that time she helped lead the accreditation process. She became the interim dean in July of 1999 before assuming her current role of associate dean. Among her contributions to the School of Social Welfare are leading the research and grant development, with funds growing from $1.5 million to $7 million a year, and fostering new research skills in faculty and doctoral students. She has been critical to all facets of the school’s growth and success in its center and institute development. Two of her students have received external funding and both won the Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award from the University.

An outstanding teacher, Perloff has taught in the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs with equal levels of commitment and impact. Her many contributions to the University include her roles as a member of the Search Committee for the executive dean for Rockefeller College. She has served on the Subcommittee on Faculty for the University Committee on Middle States Accreditation, the Search Committee for the Dean of the School of Public Health, the Research Council of the University Senate, and the chair of the Subcommittee on External Linkages.

Co-author of two books, Perloff received the New York State United University Professions Faculty Development Award for conference travel, both in 1994-95 and in 1998-99. She has written and edited numerous articles and book chapters in her fields of expertise. Perloff also devotes her time to community service as a “To Life!” volunteer. She is also a longtime member and officer of Maternal and Infant Network of the Capital Region.

Excellence in Academic Service

Iris Berger Janet Perloff David Strogatz
Iris Berger
Janet Perloff
Public Health
David Strogatz

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