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 2005 for Excellence in Academic Service.

Marjorie PryseMarjorie PryseEnglish

Interim Dean of Graduate Studies and Professor Marjorie Pryse joined the University in 1995. Prior to joining UAlbany, she was a tenured professor at SUNY Plattsburgh. Throughout her lengthy career of scholarship and education, Pryse has maintained an extraordinary commitment to academic service: to her disciplines and profession, to the departments and universities where she has worked, and to the greater community.

Pryse's career has crossed many boundaries — disciplinary and institutional, across departments, colleges and different levels of the education system, between teaching and research, and between profession and community — in ways that continually reaffirm several lasting commitments. First, she has developed and enriched the content and institutional structure of an older, established discipline (English) and an emerging one (Women's Studies) through varied service activities in her disciplines, departments, and professional organizations. Second, she has brought the knowledge won in these academic practices to wide audiences at other levels of the academic world, and to the public at large. Third, she has enacted the premise of faculty responsibility for the life of the University by her wholehearted participation and extended leadership in faculty governance at all levels. Her colleagues indicate that she has consistently shown "excellent judgment," "operated as a good colleague," and actively contributed to an atmosphere of "mutual respect and appreciation for perspectives and points of view that at times may be in contention." She "gives freely of her time," "is a strong, committed professor," "is an active contributor, who does not attempt to dominate … meetings," and is "conscientious, fully engaged, and highly effective."

Excellence in Academic Service

David Duffee Andi Lyons Marjorie Pryse
David Duffee
Andi Lyons
Marjorie Pryse

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