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 2014 for Excellence in Academic Service.

Virginia GoatleyVirginia GoatleyHistory

Dr. Virginia (“Ginny”) Goatley has held an impressive array of leadership positions at UAlbany and nationally.  She has served as Department Chair, Associate Dean, and Vice Dean in the School of Education; Director of Research for the International Reading Association—one of the most prestigious literacy organizations in the United States—and chair and member of many local and national councils. She has played key roles on University initiatives, among them: the President’s Advisory Council for Sexual Assault Prevention; Graduate Education Task Force; University Steering Committee on Community Engagement; Middle States Accreditation, the Student Learning Committee; University Advisement Task Force; and the University Assessment Committee.

Dr. Goatley has the capacity to grasp the big issues and processes of institutions—and their essential details. She fosters collaboration and moves projects to higher levels of quality. Her competence for and commitment to solving problems and addressing national goals are impressive to all who know her.

Even while on leave to work at the International Reading Association, she worked on UAlbany’s NCAA recertification. She also took a leadership role in the revision of five master’s degree programs in the School of Education. Approval of these changes came in record time due to her personal attention.  

Dr. Goatley spearheaded the accreditation process for the School of Education’s teacher education program that includes17 Masters degrees across three departments. The national Teacher Education Accreditation Council staff was so impressed with her work that they asked her to present at their annual meeting, and invited her to serve on the Accreditation Panel. She now serves on the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation Standards Committee. Her work plays a major role in the implementation of new standards, allowing her to shape and improve teacher education at the national level.

Dr. Goatley played a lead role in establishing the Pathways into Education Center, an advisement center providing professional support to undergraduate, graduate, and prospective students with interests in educational careers. She serves on several local committees supporting national education initiatives in the Albany community. She provides a crucial link between the university and our community.

Ginny is respected by students, faculty and community members alike. The University and educational professionals across the state and nation owe her a great deal of gratitude for her many contributions.

Excellence in Academic Service

Anthony DeBlasi Virginia Goatley
Anthony DeBlasi


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