Faculty & Staff Excellence

The Fall 2017 Celebration of Faculty and Staff Academic Excellence ceremony took place on Oct. 26.

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The Fall 2017 Celebration of Faculty and Staff Academic Excellence program book is available for download.


Ceremony: Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, 3:30 p.m. in Slee Hall (N. Campus)

  • Welcome by President Tripathi
  • Remarks by Provost Zukoski
  • Recognition of 2017 Faculty/Staff Honorees
  • Viewing: Excerpt from “Sing for Me.” This film by Visiting Assistant Professor Sama Waham (Department of Media Study) received the Best Film Award for Long Documentaries at the Alexandria International Film Festival. Learn more about this film.

Reception in Slee Lobby immediately following the ceremony.


Registration for this fall 2017 event has closed now.


SUNY Distinguished Ranks

In recognition of exceptional faculty merit, the State University of New York Board of Trustees designates leading State University faculty members as Distinguished Professors. This rank is accorded to faculty who have distinguished their campus and State University communities through outstanding academic contributions, including scholarly publications, national and international research presentations, research findings, and the training of students. The State University of New York Board of Trustees grant Distinguished Teaching Professorships to faculty members whose pedagogical accomplishments are extraordinary. The State University of New York Board of Trustees award Distinguished Service Professorships to those whose outstanding academic careers have included a particular focus on serving the university and its larger constituencies.

  • Jonathan S. Dewald, SUNY Distinguished Professor
  • Chunming Qiao, SUNY Distinguished Professor
  • John E. Tomaszewski, SUNY Distinguished Professor

SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities

In 2002, the State University of New York announced the creation of the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, designed to recognize outstanding academic and creative achievements across a broad spectrum of scholarly and artistic fields. Recipients of the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities are university faculty members who consistently go above and beyond their teaching and professional duties to make extraordinary contributions to their respective fields.

  • Michel Bruneau
  • Anthony A. Campagnari
  • Gregory A. Fabiano
  • Donald Edward Mager
  • Jinhui Xu

SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching

Recipients of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, instituted by State University of New York chancellor Ernest L. Boyer in 1973, have demonstrated outstanding teaching ability through superb classroom performance. They are scholars who bring to their classes broad academic interests, rigorous and innovative teaching methodology, and current, far-reaching knowledge. Their concern for students is evidenced by the individual attention they accord each student and by their commitment to helping students to enhance their scholarly and creative abilities and to attain academic excellence.

  • Amy C. Graves Monroe
  • William Allan Prescott, Jr.

SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service

The State University of New York announced the inauguration of the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service in 2004. This honor acknowledges faculty who have made sustained and wide-ranging service contributions to a broad array of university constituents. Recipients of the Award for Excellence in Faculty Service have distinguished themselves through exceptional service to the university and to their communities, as well as to their disciplinary, professional, and faculty governance organizations at the statewide, national, and international levels.

  • Albert H. Titus

SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service

Introduced in 1977, the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service honors members of the professional staff whose extraordinary service contributions have significantly enriched the university. The Award in Professional Service is presented to professional staff members who serve energetically, innovatively, and knowledgeably in their fields.

  • Gwen Appelbaum
  • Laura J. Barnum
  • Oscar A. Budde
  • Katharine P. Darling
  • Christa M. Greenberg
  • Joseph J. Helfer
  • Andrew Koenig
  • Jennifer Rosenberg
  • John S. Taylor, Sr.

SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service

Established in 2008, the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service gives employees in the Classified Services system-wide recognition of exceptional achievements and superior performance of duties. The award in classified service honors those employees who continuously demonstrate outstanding achievement, commitment to excellence, and exemplary customer service.

  • Laura Palka
  • Jodi Reiner
  • Cheryl Tubisz

UB Distinguished Professor

The Office of the Provost created the rank of UB Distinguished Professors to honor full professors who have achieved national or international recognition as experts in their fields of study. UB Distinguished Professors are members of the faculty who have been full professors for a minimum of five years with a demonstrated record of excellence in artistic or scholarly contributions.

  • Robert M. Straubinger
  • Gil I. Wolfe    

Fifty Years of Service to UB

The University is pleased to recognize the following faculty/staff members who recently achieved an exceptional milestone, completing 50 years of service to UB.

  • Angela M. Brucklier
  • Carl Dennis
  • Jeremy D. Finn
  • Thomas Donald Flanagan
  • Shigeji Fujita
  • Chester A. Glomski
  • Evelyn Hufford
  • William R. Kinkel
  • Stephen G. Margolis
  • John Peradotto
  • Gerald R. Rising
  • Royal Roussel
  • Bonita M. Ryan
  • Robert J. Schuder
  • A. T. Steegmann, Jr.
  • Kenton Stewart
  • Max A. Wickert

UB President Emeritus and Mrs. Meyerson Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring

(formerly the UB Faculty Award for Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity)

This award, which was established in the Spring of 2011, recognizes the outstanding faculty mentorship that currently exists at UB and seeks to encourage further faculty commitment to and participation in the undergraduate research and creative experience.

  • Martha C. Bohm
  • John L. Crassidis
  • Walter N. Hakala

UB Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring Award

The Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring Award, established by UB's Graduate School in 2011, annually honors and publicly recognizes exceptional excellence in faculty mentoring of graduate students at UB. Award recipients are faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding and sustained support and development of graduate students from course completion through research and subsequent career placement. Nominees for the award must be current members of the UB Graduate Faculty and have held faculty appointment at UB for at least 5 years.

  • Venu Govindaraju
  • Jennifer Read

UB Exceptional Scholars – Sustained Achievement Award

The Exceptional Scholar Award for Sustained Achievement was created by the University at Buffalo in 2002 to honor outstanding professional achievement that has been focused on a particular body of work over a number of years. This award was created to recognize an unprecedented accomplishment in a senior scholar's career, distinguishing a body of work of enduring importance that has gone beyond the norm in a particular field of study.

  • Sathy V. Balu-Iyer
  • Gino Biondini
  • Jian Feng
  • Kemper E. Lewis
  • Karin Michelson
  • Blaine Pfeifer

UB Exceptional Scholars – Young Investigator Award

Introduced in 2002, the University at Buffalo’s Exceptional Scholar Award for Young Investigators celebrates a recent superior achievement of a scholar in his/her field of study. Such an achievement will have distinguished the recipient as an up-and-coming scholar, as well as earned the individual acclaim for his/her work, which could be a published work or other scholastic or artistic endeavor.

  • Ashley Brooke Barr
  • Walter N. Hakala
  • Juliane Nguyen
  • Lu Su
  • Zhi Sun
  • Chi Zhou

UB Teaching Innovation Award

Established to honor exceptional educational pedagogy, UB’s Award for Teaching Innovation was created in 2003 to recognize faculty who have contributed significantly to engaging students with new methods and approaches to teaching. The award recognizes faculty members whose innovative teaching methods have a demonstrable effect on enhancing student learning-outcomes.

  • Alexander Nikolaev
  • Jessica Poulin
  • Lukasz Ziarek

Past Honorees

View a list of past honorees.