Libby Tucker promoted to distinguished service professor
Elizabeth “Libby” Tucker was promoted to distinguished service professor at recent meeting of the SUNY Board of Trustees. She joins more than 75 Binghamton University faculty who have achieved distinguished rank.
Promotion to distinguished service professor is bestowed upon those who have achieved a notable reputation for extraordinary service not only to the campus and SUNY, but to the community, state and beyond by application of intellectual skills from the individual’s scholarly and research interests.
The author of five books and a recipient of Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in teaching and service, Tucker is internationally known as an expert in children’s and adolescents’ folklore and her service to the campus and her profession is legendary.
“The level of respect she commands as an international expert in children’s and adolescent’s folklore is the foundation for her extraordinary service to her profession at the state, national and international levels,” said President Harvey Stenger, “but her service to the campus as a faculty master and mentor to students truly sets her apart.”
“As a master, I found it extremely rewarding to get to know students as individuals,” Tucker said. “That’s harder to do when you’re in the classroom and grading them. The opportunity to get to know them as individuals apart from the classroom was very special.”
The promotion – a wonderful surprise, said Tucker – “means a great deal to me because I’ve spent so many years working with our wonderful students. It’s such a privilege and honor to work with so many exceptional students and colleagues, and to see the University grow. To have this recognition come from a place that I love and contribute to is very meaningful to me.”