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 2007 for Excellence in Academic Service.

David WagnerDavid WagnerSociology

David Wagner has been a member of the Department of Sociology since 1985. For more than two decades, he has repeatedly demonstrated an exemplary commitment to professionalism and collegiality as an engaged citizen of his academy and profession. He has served on nearly every committee of his department, including four terms on the Undergraduate Committee and multiple terms on the Research Committee. He has served on the College Council, and on the Dean's Task Force on the Quality of Academic Life. And for his profession, Wagner has served as a reviewer and on the editorial board of several sociology journals, on numerous committees of the American Sociological Association, and as president of the New York State Sociological Association. But perhaps the centerpiece of Wagner's service contribution is his unstinting commitment to governance, particularly to the councils and committees concerned with developing the University's research infrastructure and undergraduate program. His nomination dossier is replete with extensive commentary praising Wagner's leadership and impact on institutional policies and practices concerned with research incentives, research integrity, human-subjects compliance regulation, the libraries, and information systems and computing. He is also commended for his contribution to the Provost's Assessment Advisory Committee and the Provost's Blue Ribbon Panel on Writing. All these involvements are especially impressive in the context of Wagner's sustained activity as a scholar and his performance as a teacher, for which he received the excellence award in 2004.

Excellence in Academic Service

Diane Dewar Jeryl Mumpower David Wagner
Diane Dewar
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David Wagner

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