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‘Pathways to Excellence’ 

Provost's Reception Honors the University's New Tenured Faculty 

Provost James Stellar hosted a reception Tuesday introducing the University's newest cohort of tenured faculty. 

ALBANY, N.Y. (Oct. 25, 2018) — Twenty-six newly tenured faculty from eight of the University’s Schools and Colleges were honored Tuesday at a reception hosted by Provost James R. Stellar.

Some – like Won Namgoong of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Andrew Berglund, the new director of the RNA Institute – joined the University as full professors. Others, including Justin Minder of the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences and Julia Hormes of Department of Psychology, were recently promoted after serving as assistant professors since 2012.

“We have a very impressive cohort of newly tenured faculty to lead UAlbany into the future, with new ideas to create new pathways to excellence,” Stellar said, noting that the recently promoted are “following in the footsteps of our great senior faculty.”

Deans and department heads introduced the new faculty at the reception, held in the Atrium in University Hall.

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The reception offered time to meet and talk — and share some cake. 

New faculty who joined the University in a tenured role in 2018 include:

  • Thomas Begley, College of Arts and Sciences, Biological Sciences
  • Andrew Berglund, College of Arts and Sciences, Biological Sciences
  • Prabir Bhattacharya, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Computer Science Chair
  • Alejandra Bronfman, College of Arts and Sciences, Latin American, Caribbean and U.S. Latino Studies
  • Carmen Morano, School of Social Welfare
  • Won Namgoong, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Faculty members who recently earned tenure include:

  • Gary Ackerman, College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
  • Rukhsana Ahmed, College of Arts and Sciences, Communication
  • Michitake Aso, College of Arts and Sciences, History
  • James Boswell, College of Arts and Sciences, Psychology
  • Jennifer Dodge, Rockefeller College of Public Administration & Policy, Public Administration
  • Brian Greenhill, Rockefeller College of Public Administration & Policy, Political Science
  • Julia Hormes, College of Arts and Sciences, Psychology
  • Joshua Isralowitz, College of Arts and Sciences, Mathematics & Statistics
  • Vivek Jain, College of Arts and Sciences, Physics
  • Dimetry Korobeynikov, College of Arts and Sciences, History
  • Mark Kuniholm, School of Public Health, Epidemiology & Biostatistics
  • Eunju Lee, School of Social Welfare
  • Zhongwen Liang, College of Arts and Sciences, Economics
  • Jessica Martin, School of Education, Counseling Psychology
  • Justin Minder, College of Arts and Sciences, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences
  • Christian Poehlmann, University Libraries, Business & Economics
  • Prashanth Rangan, College of Arts and Sciences, Biological Sciences
  • Victoria Rizzo, School of Social Welfare
  • Richard Schneible, School of Business, Accounting & Law
  • Elizabeth Vasquez, School of Public Health, Epidemiology & Biostatistics

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