Dozier Honored with 2010 Excellence Awards

Albany, NY (June 14, 2010) - Associate Professor Cheryl Dozier, Reading, was selected as recipient of a 2010 University at Albany Excellence in Teaching Award.

Cheryl Dozier receives award from Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education Sue FaermanThe campus community celebrated Dr. Dozier and her award-winning colleagues at the University's public ceremony and reception on April 23. Each year, the University at Albany honors special members of its community with Excellence Awards denoting exceptional contributions to the life of the campus.

In addition to this University honor, Dr. Dozier has also been awarded the State University Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.  SUNY presents these honors annually to individuals within the SUNY community to acknowledge and provide system-wide recognition for consistently superior professional achievement and to encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence. "This designation, on top of your UAlbany award, underscores the importance and value of your contribution to the mission and programs of this institution," said University at Albany President George Philip.

Cheryl Dozier is an instructor of extraordinary effectiveness, and her teaching reflects a passion for learning and for innovation in education.  Professor Dozier was the first instructor to teach a completely online course for the Reading Department, and she provided the foundation for the popular MS in Reading online program in 2001, one of the first such programs at the University.  She played a critical role in developing the masters degree program for literacy specialist certification (birth to grade 6).  Her work exemplifies her dedication toward preparing teachers for urban settings; she was instrumental in establishing literacy clinical experiences in the Albany School District and expanding new clinical opportunities in the Cohoes School District. 

Professor Dozier integrates findings from the most recent educational research into her coursework and consistently collaborates with colleagues to coordinate with other graduate curriculum. She has published two well reviewed books on her work with teachers: an analysis of the teaching and theory behind teaching the capstone practicum course (Dozier, Johnston, & Rogers, 2006), and guidance to teachers working as coaches of other teachers (Dozier, 2006).  Professor Dozier previously received the New York State Reading Educator Award from the New York State Reading Association.  Her students describe her as organized, challenging, engaging, passionate, knowledgeable, and caring.  Cheryl Dozier exemplifies Excellence in Teaching.