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 2013 for Excellence in Academic Service.

Richard FogartyRichard Fogarty, History

Richard Fogarty is an extraordinary citizen. He has served in his department as Undergraduate Director and over a dozen committees. He pioneered the on-line pre-advisement system, cutting transfer conferences in half. He was the key figure in reorganizing the undergraduate major. He helped frame the department's responses to the general education program, taking care of everything that a major change entails in the life of a department.

At the University level, he has served as Senator; Chair of the Committee on General Education; Chair of the Undergraduate Academic Council; member of the General Education Assessment Committee; Chair of a subcommittee of the Strategic Planning Implementation process; member of the CLUE Planning Group on Promotion and Tenure and co-chair of the Travel Funds Committee.

Rick's sense of integrity and equity, his willingness to step up, and his sense of humor, make him one of the most sought-after faculty members when new groups are being formed. He takes on complex projects, winning respect by focusing on the University's mission, working inordinately hard, and courageously standing up to have the collegial conversations needed for positive change.

He always aims at what is best for students: His lecture for the Explore UAlbany program challenges students to think critically about their own stereotypes. He helped to create a Living Learning Community for freshmen interested in pre–law—developing co–curricular offerings, ensuring that freshmen take the right History courses, and finding faculty and graduate student mentors.

At the same time, Rick is an established scholar of French history and noted teacher. National organizations, including the Social Science Research Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities and many journals show the high regard historians have for his intellectual contributions by asking for his help as reviewer. Last year he earned the Dean's Outstanding Teaching Award.

Rick Fogarty exemplifies the engaged life of a scholar, a teacher and a citizen.

Excellence in Academic Service

Richard Fogarty Susanna Fessler

Susanna Fessler
East Asian Languages and Cultures

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