Awards and Funding

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Susan Sutton Smith Prize for Academic Excellence

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Applied Learning

Funded by a SUNY PIF Grant with SUNY Potsdam. This call is now closed.

Preference will be given to those applications that diversify the opportunity for students to participate through open calls and through targeted marketing to historically underserved populations. The applied learning may be for credit and noncredit experiences linked to student academic education. All selected applicants will attend a brief Faculty Center workshop on Applied Learning. Faculty will be paid a $100.00 stipend to attend this workshop. Selected applicants will provide a post implementation report evaluating the success of the experience. This report will be submitted digitally and a form will be sent to the applicant at the close of the fall and spring semester for submission.

All applications must address each of the five SUNY approved criteria for Applied Learning:

  1. Activity must be structured, intentional, and authentic
  2. Activity must require participation, orientation, and training
  3. Activity must include monitoring and continuous improvement
  4. Activity must require structured reflection and acknowledgement
  5. Activity must be assessed and evaluated

SUNY has defined approved applied learning activities as meeting five criteria:

  1. The Activity is Structured, Intentional and AuthenticAll parties must be clear from the outset why this specific experience was chosen as the approach to the learning, and intentional about defining the knowledge that should result from it. The activity needs to be a structured experience with a formal process, which includes a course syllabus or learning contract between parties (students, faculty, and other supervisors as appropriate) and/or defined assessable learning outcomes. Roles and responsibilities must be clearly defined. Faculty and site supervisors (as appropriate) are expected to take the lead in ensuring the quality of both the learning experience and the work produced. The applied learning activity should have hands-on and/or real world context and should be designed in concert with those who will be affected by or use it, or in response to a real situation.
  2. The Activity Requires Preparation, Orientation and Training - Participants and mentors must ensure that students enter the experience with sufficient background and foundational education, as well as a plan to support a successful outcome. The training and plan should include learning expectations and be referred to (and potentially updated) on an ongoing basis by all parties.
  3. The Activity Must Include Monitoring and Continuous Improvement - Applied learning activities are dynamic. Therefore all facilitators in the activity share responsibility for ensuring that the experience, as it is in process, continues to provide a rich learning environment and is meeting learning outcomes. Activities include a defined and flexible method for feedback related to learning outcomes and quality performance for all parties.
  4. The Activity Requires Structured Reflection and Acknowledgment - There must be a structured opportunity for students to self-assess, analyze, and examine constructs/skills/insights from their experience and to evaluate the outcomes. Reflection should demonstrate the relevance of the experience to student learning, including the student’s articulation of how the experience draws on and improves this learning and meets defined objectives. Post-experience learning should include a formal debriefing. All facilitators and students engaged in the experience should be included in the recognition of progress and accomplishment.
  5. The Activity Must be Assessed and Evaluated - Outcomes and processes should be systematically documented with regard to initial intentions and quality outcomes. Students must receive appropriate and timely feedback from all facilitators.

Adapted from J. Rogers, 9/2016

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Pathway 1 – Individual Award

This pathway allows individual faculty to apply for a one time stipend or personal development award (for those not eligible for stipend) of $500 to develop a new applied learning opportunity for students or to build out an existing applied learning opportunity so that it meets SUNY's 5 criteria for approved applied learning experiences. This opportunity may be connected to a particular course and the students enrolled in that course, or may be built within opportunities promoted through the program for all enrolled students of the program.

Pathway 2 – Individual SubGrant

This pathway allows individual faculty to apply for a one time subgrant of up to $1500 to be utilized to support an applied learning experience for students. The funding may not be spent on SUNY Oneonta faculty stipends or food, but may be used to purchase materials, support professional development or (in the form of stipends) external partners. The funding will be used to develop a new applied learning opportunity for students or to build out an existing underdeveloped opportunity. This opportunity may be connected to a particular course and the students enrolled in that course or may be built within opportunities promoted through the program for all enrolled students of the program. **(FUNDS MUST BE SPENT BY JUNE 30Th 2020)

Faculty funded through either Model 1 or Model 2 must attend an Approved Applied Learning Workshop on May 7th from 8:30 to noon. Breakfast will be provided and faculty will be paid $100 to attend this workshop.

**NEW Pathway 3 – Expanding and Evaluating Applied Learning (two options)

This tier is available to faculty that were previously funded through the past AL opportunities. Faculty may apply for both option a and b within the same funding window.

Funded through a SUNY Performance Improvement Fund (PIF) grant in fall 2019, this program seeks to expand and evaluate “approved” applied learning at SUNY Oneonta. This fund will only be available for three semesters beginning spring 2020. A total of $15,725 has been awarded for the purposes of professional development for faculty and to expand faculty engagement with the goal of increasing opportunities for students and evaluating impact of applied learning opportunities.

  1. Expanding

Having previously been funded to create an applied learning experience for your students, this funding opportunity aims to support faculty in expanding offerings to students in other courses you teach and to develop marketing for applied learning opportunities within your program. This does not included new courses yet to be developed. Faculty will receive a $500 stipend to develop these offerings and marketing in the immediate semester and will join a small Community of Practice with other funded faculty. The first Community of Practice meeting will be held May 7th from 2:30 to 3:30.

  1. Evaluating

Having previously been funded to create an applied learning experience for your students, this funding opportunity aims to support faculty in evaluating the impact and quality of the experience. Faculty will receive a $500 stipend to develop a common metric in the immediate semester and will join a small Community of Practice with other funded faculty. The first Community of Practice meeting will be held May 7th from 1:00 to 2:00 with a roundtable conversation with Joshua Nelson, Assessment Specialist, Institutional Research.

Susan Sutton Smith Prize for Academic Excellence

Created to recognize faculty achievement outside the classroom, the Susan Sutton Smith Prize for Academic Excellence is named in memory of the late SUNY Oneonta professor of English. This award is made possible by an endowment created through the generosity of Dr. Thomas and Mrs. Mary Smith in memory of their daughter, Susan, and in honor of her commitment to academic excellence.

To view the most recent winner and virtual presentation, click here

Susan Sutton Smith Award Details

Susan Sutton Smith Prize for Academic Excellence Award Winners
Name Year Department
John Relethford 1995 Anthropology
P. Jay Fleisher 1996 Earth Sciences
Peter DiNardo 1997 Psychology
Lawrence Guzy 1998 Psychology
Carleton Clay 1999 Music
June Edwards 2000 Education
Robert Jackson 2001 History
James Devlin 2002 English
Williams Simons 2003 History
Richard Frost 2004 English
Paul Lilly 2005 English
Donna Vogler 2006 Biology
Alexander Thomas 2007 Sociology
Ho Hon Leung 2008 Sociology
Michael Green 2009 Philosophy
William Ashbaugh 2010 History
Rob Compton 2011 ALS/Political Science
Orlando Legname 2012 Music
Brian Haley 2013 Anthropology
Cynthia Falk 2014 Cooperstown Graduate Program
Joseph Pignato 2015 Music
Susan Bernardin 2016 English
Florian Reyda 2017 Biology
Matthew Hendley 2018 History
Tracy Betsinger 2019 Anthropology
Melissa Lavin 2020 Sociology

Richard Siegfried Junior Faculty Prize for Academic Excellence

The Richard Siegfried Junior Faculty Prize for Academic Excellence is named in memory of Richard K. Siegfried, SUNY Oneonta Professor of Theatre from 1958 until 1995. Professor Siegfried (or Sieg as generations of students fondly called him) epitomized excellence in his academic life through imagination, meticulous scholarship and discipline, and through his expectation of the same pursuit of excellence in his students and colleagues. Created to recognize faculty achievement outside the classroom, this award is made possible by generous gifts from Alumni to the Fund for Oneonta and to the College at Oneonta Foundation.

Richard Siegfried Junior Faculty Award Details

Richard Siegfried Award Winners
Name year department
Achim Koeddermann 1995 Philosophy
Gladys Jimenez-Munoz 1996 Foreign Languages
Deborah Prosser 1997 Cooperstown Graduate Program
Robert Jackson 1998 History
Nancy Bachman 1999 Biology
Donald Allison, Jr. 2000 Mathematical Sciences
Hugh A. Gallagher, Jr. 2001 Physics & Astronomy
L. Jean Palmer-Mooney 2002 Geography
Matthew Hendley 2003 History
Tom Horvath 2004 Biology
Benjamin Dixon 2005 Geography
Renee Walker 2006 Anthropology
Christine Quail 2007 Comm. Arts
Brian Lowe 2008 Sociology
Devin Castendyk 2009 Earth Sciences
Jacqueline Bennett 2010 Chemistry & Biochem.
Ibram Rogers 2011 ALS/History
Tracy Betsinger 2012 Anthropology
William Walker 2013 Cooperstown Graduate Program
Toke Knudsen 2014 Mathematics
Andrew Gallup 2015 Psychology
Kristen Blinne 2016 Communication & Media
Tyra Olstad 2017 Geography & Sustainability
Andrew Bottomley 2018 Communication & Media
Daniel Stich 2019 Biology

Ashok Kumar Malhotra Seva (Compassionate Service) Faculty Award

Created to recognize faculty service both in and outside the classroom, the Ashok Kumar Malhotra Seva Faculty Award is made possible by an endowment from Dr. Ashok Kumar Malhotra, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Philosophy, to the College at Oneonta Foundation. Criteria for receiving the $1,000 award include: community service -- locally, nationally, or internationally, the ability to motivate and inspire others to perform community service, and the integration of community service in the teaching and learning process.

Ashok Kumar Malhotra Seva Award Details

Ashok Kumar Malhotra Seva (Compassionate Service) Award Winners
Name Year Department
Wendy Mitteager 2008 Inaugural Geography
Alison Black and Jane Miller 2009 Elementary Ed. & Reading
Karen Joest 2010 Human Ecology
Cindy Falk 2011 Cooperstown Graduate Program
Zanna McKay 2012 Elementary Ed. & Reading
Maria Montoya 2013 Foreign Language
Rosemarie Avanzato 2014 Human Ecology
Gina Keel 2015 Political Science
Steve Walsh 2016 Management, Marketing, and Information
Brett Heindl 2017

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Alejandra Escudero 2018 Foreign Languages & Literature
Kristen Blinne 2019 Communication & Media

Simphiwe Hlatshwayo Award for Outstanding Part-time Instructor

The Simphiwe Hlatshwayo Award for the Outstanding Part-Time Instructor, which comes with a $500 cash prize, was created by the College Senate to recognize outstanding adjunct instructors as well as to encourage excellence in teaching. The award was named to honor the memory of Simphiwe Hlatshwayo, who was a graduate of SUNY Oneonta from South Africa and taught at SUNY Oneonta first as an adjunct, then later as an assistant professor.

Simphiwe Hlatshwayo Award Winners
Name Year Department
Richard Lee 1998 English
Kevin Ickey 1999 Women's and Africana & Latino Studies
Kathleen Gordon 2000 Business Economics
Kathryn Finin (English) and David Richards (History) 2001 English/History
Lisa Gordon 2002 Math
Anne Traitor 2003 History
Dan Patrone 2004 Philosophy
Lynn Talbot 2005 Math
Stephen Rice 2006 English
Marjorie Pietraface 2007 Human Ecology
Carolyn McCruden 2008 Physics & Astronomy
Eric Schelimmer 2009 Physical Education
Bambi Lobdell 2010 English/Women's & Gender Studies
Michelle Garner 2011 Theatre/Physical Education
Paul Lord 2012 Environmental Sciences
Cynthia Flink 2013 Anthropology
April Ford Spring 2017 English
Katie Boardman Fall 2017 Cooperstown Graduate Program
Traci Michele Johnson 2018 Foreign Languages & Literature
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