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Seven Faculty Win 2013 Provost’s Outstanding Lecturer Award

The Stony Brook University Provost’s Outstanding Lecturer Award is given to full-time faculty lecturers who make significant and ongoing contributions to the mission of the University as evidenced by the quality of their teaching, service and related professional development.

This year seven faculty members received The Outstanding Lecturer Award:

Wilbur Farley: Program in Writing and Rhetoric
Timothy Hyde: Department of Philosophy
Irene Marchegiani: Department of European Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Catherine Marrone: Department of Sociology
Fernando O. Raineri: Department of Chemistry
Thomas Tousey: Program in Writing and Rhetoric
Dongmei Zeng: Department of Asian and Asian American Studies

“I am delighted to recognize the recipients of the 2013 Provost’s Outstanding Lecturer Award,” said Stony Brook University Provost Dennis N. Assanis. “This prestigious accolade, instituted in 2012, is granted to a full-time faculty lecturer at Stony Brook University based on significant contributions to the University. Please join me in congratulating the 2013 Outstanding Lecturers and in expressing to them our appreciation for their significant and ongoing contributions to the mission of our great University.”

Wilbur Farley has been a lecturer with the Program in Writing and Rhetoric since 2000. His interests include film, emerging technologies and popular culture. In addition to teaching WRT 101 and 102, he has also taught upper-level writing courses focusing on the cultural value of heroes and the rhetoric of mental health discourses.

Timothy Hyde is undergraduate director of the Department of Philosophy. His research focuses on the history of systematic metaphysics. Hyde is working on a book manuscript, The Phenomenology of the Missing, in which he shows how we can draw on phenomenological resources in the presently absent to indicate the dynamic, differential and temporal features of the emergence of a world of meaning and values that matters on the basis of life’s engaged activity that is not reducible to life’s material preconditions. He is also working on a students guide to Plato’s Republic. Hyde ran an international colloquium series dedicated to critical assessments of Heidegger and convened the 2009 North American Heidegger Circle. He is on the editorial board of Philosophy Study.

Irene Marchegiani, professor emerita of Italian Language and Literature at California State University, Long Beach, is director of undergraduate studies and director of field experience and clinical practice in the Department of European Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Stony Brook. She has published on Italian women writers, Giacomo Leopardi and contemporary Italian poetry. Marchegiani has translated several volumes of poetry from Italian to English (her translation of Torquato Tasso’s Aminta was awarded the prestigious “Diego Valeri” Italian prize in 2002) and has published a volume of her own poems (Italian Astrolabio prize, 2010).

Catherine Marrone is a lecturer in the Department of Sociology, where she is director of undergraduate studies. She is also a faculty advisor for the multidisciplinary studies major. In 2012 she was named one of the Top 300 College Professors by the Princeton Review.

Fernando O. Raineri is a lecturer in the Department of Chemistry, where he teaches general chemistry and physical chemistry courses for undergraduate students, as well as graduate courses in physical chemistry. His research interests are focused on uncovering and quantifying the importance of solvation effects in chemical systems where electronic charge redistribution occurs, particularly in the area of electron transfer reactions in solution.

Thomas Tousey has taught writing and rhetoric for more than 20 years, the last 15 as a faculty member of the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stony Brook. He has also taught classes for the Department of English and the School of Journalism at Stony Brook, and he taught writing at Hofstra University and worked as a production editor for Physical Review Letters.

Dongmei Zeng joined the full-time faculty at Stony Brook University in 2008. She teaches courses in Mandarin Chinese, second language acquisition and methods in teaching Asian languages in the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies, where she also serves as director of the China Studies Program and director of Summer Study Abroad in China Programs. Dr. Zeng has co-authored a book, Breaking Boundaries: A Content-Based Academic Reading and Writing Text, and published a number of articles in ESL professional journals and newsletters. She has presented widely on linguistic and cultural issues related to Chinese heritage language learners. Her current research interest is centered on Chinese heritage language maintenance and pedagogy.

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