Excellence in Academic Service
David StrogatzThe University Award for Excellence in Academic Service is presented to members of the teaching faculty who have demonstrated leadership and service to the University over a sustained period.
Department of Epidemiology Chair David Strogatz has been a guiding light in the School of Public Health since 1989. Chairman of his department since 1997, Strogatz has been one of its few full-time faculty members above the rank of assistant professor for most of his tenure. He has been responsible for the day-to-day operations of the department and has played a major role in developing its faculty, courses, and research program. During his tenure, the Department of Epidemiology not only became one of only 29 Prevention Research Centers in the country, but it also produced its first doctoral graduate.
Under his leadership, the School of Public Healthís academic program has developed a successful integration of basic biostatistics, data handling, and the use of SAS and epidemiology. Students in the department have benefited from Strogatzís directives, and have found employment quickly and easily. At the same time he has been managing the daily operations of the department, Strogatz was recruiting faculty who have advanced its academic and research programs. With only two full-time faculty assistants to help him, he has handled 60 to 80 graduate students. Strogatz also personally teaches the core epidemiology course in which virtually all students must enroll.
Beyond his contributions as a leader in public health, Strogatz has also donated a large portion of his time to University service. He has been a University Senator for six years and chaired the Graduate Academic Council for two years.
He has been responsible for many of the service activities of the department, and in the past two years, the two junior faculty members in the department have been promoted. Strogatz advises all departmental committees and serves on all search committees, as well as on the personnel committee and the academic committee.
A recipient of numerous fellowships and honors over the last 30 years, Strogatzís professional and community service are also noteworthy. He has served on the prestigious Institute of Medicine External Review Panel, Report on Veterans and Agent Orange: The Health Effects of Herbicides Used in Viet Nam, and has also served on multiple committees, including study sections of the National Institutes of Health. A coach for youth teams in the community, Strogatz is also a volunteer at the Bethlehem Library.
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