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.

Susanna FesslerSusanna Fessler, East Asian Languages and Cultures

Dr. Susanna Fessler has achieved an outstanding record of service at all levels.

Under her leadership of East Asian Studies, the department witnessed substantial growth. It received a $1.9 million Freeman Foundation Grant; a Korean Foundation Faculty Enhancement Grant and a Japan Foundation Library grant. She serves on many search and tenure committees, designs and manages listservs and blogs for students, and produces the department's brochures and web-page.

In the College of Arts and Sciences she has co-chaired the Tenure and Promotion Committee, and served as vice-chair and then chair of the CAS Faculty Council. At the University level, she served on the Undergraduate Academic Council, was Vice-Chair and Chair of the University Senate; chaired the Governance Council; and chaired the University Policy and Planning Council. She has served on the University Council, the NY SUNY 2020 proposal review committee; the Provost's Strategic Planning Implementation Steering Committee, the Presidential Search Committee and she co–chaired the Presidential Transition Advisory Committee.

She also serves in ways that directly affect the experience of students: she chaired the Sub–Committee on Honors and the Curriculum, and the Committee on Academic Freedom, Freedom of Expression, and Community Responsibility. She has presented in the “Tenure Trek” series designed to help junior faculty succeed. She finds time to serve her discipline nationally as outside reviewer for tenure cases, and peer reviewer for academic journals and presses. She is a member of the North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources. An accomplished scholar, she continues to maintain an active publishing schedule.

Professor Fessler's determination to conduct reasoned and collegial discussions, even in turbulent times, is outstanding. Her clear-headed composure, and her insight and candidness help committee work go forward productively. She is fearless, selfless, and concerned about equity. She takes seriously the responsibilities of leadership, addressing even the most controversial issues in a straightforward, direct and honest manner.

Her intellectual and personal characteristics are those we seek to foster in all of our students and faculty. Professor Fessler's dedication and unwavering commitment to the University are rare and valuable, and merit this Award for Excellence in Service.

Excellence in Academic Service

Richard Fogarty Susanna Fessler

Susanna Fessler
East Asian Languages and Cultures

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