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University Award for Outstanding Graduate Director
October 17, 2011Tweet
This award recognizes the exemplary service that graduate directors provide to their units’ graduate programs.
Nancy Um joined the Department of Art History at Binghamton University in 2001 and has served as director of graduate studies since 2008. She earned a bachelor’s degree in art history from Wellesley College and master’s and doctoral degrees in art history from the University of California at Los Angeles. She taught at Santa Monica College, Pierce College, California State University-Long Beach and UCLA before joining the Binghamton faculty. She has served as director of graduate studies since 2008, and by all accounts has been a careful steward, mentor, advocate and inveterate problem-solver for graduate students. She has designed and implemented the combined BA/MA degree, refined and streamlined the graduate program’s requirements to improve time to degree, designed and implemented the new combined MA/PhD program; overseen the redesign and produced new content areas for the department’s website, resulting in impressive improvements in student recruitment; worked with students to secure funding; and overseen a steady increase in graduate applications. She has accomplished all of this while serving as a reliable and consistent guide for each graduate student, keeping them informed as well as motivated to expand their research and professional experiences beyond the campus. She has also shepherded the department through changes, such as adoption of the new online system for handling graduate admissions. Called an irreplaceable colleague who inspires her students and keeps colleagues focused with her humor, drive, determination and formidable organizational skills, her tenure has been distinguished by her creativity, energy, generosity and vision.