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Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service
October 17, 2011Tweet
The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service recognizes individuals whose long history of service to the campus, the State University, the local community or professional societies/organizations sets them apart, as well as those who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in local or system-wide faculty governance.
Thomas A.P. Sinclair is a committed educator at all levels who provides outstanding expertise and leadership to governments and agencies both locally and across the globe. His dedication to improving the programs he is involved with is unquestioned and provides a model to which others can aspire. After earning his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, master’s degree from Western Michigan University and PhD from Indiana University, Bloomington, he joined the faculty at Binghamton University in 2000. Since then, he has served as director of the Master in Public Administration (MPA) program and chair of the Department of Public Administration. He established a vision for the MPA program, and made it a reality. Instrumental in the planning and design of the University Downtown Center, home of the College of Community and Public Affairs, he conceived of and wrote the proposal for the Center for Applied Community Research and Development to bridge the gap between research and service. He has served on numerous University committees and his work on the Johnson City Dissolution Committee, analyzing the impact of the dissolution of the village, can serve as a case study for Binghamton University students. He developed an exchange program for students and scholars with Central European University in Budapest and a strong collaboration with Shenzhen University in China and he continues to expand the University’s presence and reputation in organizations such as the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration. He has provided research on issues such as the revenue base of local governments and has conducted analyses for numerous local governments and agencies.
For more than 33 years, Eugene S. Stevens has been a leader and tireless advocate for excellence in the classroom, research and outreach that promotes science and develops a passion for learning. He joined the faculty at Binghamton University in 1981 after completing his bachelor’s degree at Yale University, his PhD at the University of Chicago and a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University. He has amassed an astounding and consistent record of committee service, guided the chemistry graduate program for nearly a dozen years in total and served on the department’s Graduate Program Committee and Space Committee and as chair of its Strategic Planning Committee. He has shown breadth of leadership, serving on 18 school and University committees, often for multiple terms. He actively recruits and oversees graduate students and has helped shape critical policies and procedures included in the Department’s Graduate School Handbook. Credited with helping raise the department’s and University’s research profile, he has long championed closer collaborations between science departments and local industry. One tangible example of his work is his book, Green Plastics: An Introduction to the New Science of Biodegradable Plastics (Princeton University Press, 2002), the first of its kind in the field. He has played a crucial role in reaching out to high schools and is personally responsible for the development of the National Chemistry Olympiad and the State Science Olympiad competitions in the region. He has also served as a tour speaker for the American Chemical Society, speaking to students and general audiences all over the country and locally.
William L. Ziegler is an exemplar of dedication to Binghamton University’s educational mission and the epitome of a good citizen. His efforts to improve the academic environment and create opportunities for students to succeed are to be emulated. With a bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University and a master’s degree from Syracuse University, he joined the faculty at Binghamton in 1978. Since 2006, he has also served as faculty master of Newing College, spending countless hours guiding students through the academic and social aspects of their college careers. In 2009, he also assumed oversight of the Binghamton University Scholars Program. He has served on numerous departmental and University committees, worked the Student Phonathon, served as an industrial liaison and helped with admissions outreach. He has worked with a large number of undergraduate and graduate students, assisting them with internships, helped re-train personnel looking to start new careers, helped local school districts and held offices in several professional organizations. A humanitarian in the true sense of the word, he is a constant source of support, energy and strength for students and has been commended for his work with students with special needs. He supported Newing College during its 40th anniversary and as it undergoes a total reconstruction, even as he has reworked Newing’s faculty fellows program and developed a new learning community. His work with students on the Federal Aviation Administration’s Design Competition has resulted in at least one first-place award for three consecutive years, with one winning project currently being implemented with FAA funding at the Greater Binghamton Airport.