Stony Brook University Senate President Edward L. Feldman, an associate professor of Clinical Family Medicine and director of Behavioral Medicine, received the Chugh/University Faculty Senate Outstanding Service Award at the 170th Plenary of the Statewide University Faculty Senate in SUNY Plattsburgh on April 24. This award is conferred by the University Faculty Senate Executive Committee for outstanding service in the area of faculty governance at the system and campus levels.
At Stony Brook Dr. Feldman has been a member of the School of Medicine Admissions Committee since 2001 and faculty advisor to the Peer Counseling Program in the School of Medicine for more than 20 years. In this role he recruits, trains and supervises 20 to 30 medical students to become peer counselors for their colleagues needing assistance with mental health, relationship and academic issues.
He has been a senator in the School of Medicine Senate and a senator to the University Senate from the Health Sciences Center. In the University Senate, Dr. Feldman has been an active and productive leader, not only as an active senator, but also as chair of the Administrative Review Committee and the Student Life Committee, both of which contributed significantly to campus governance under his leadership. He was secretary of the University Senate, which placed him on the Executive Committee and he is currently the elected University Senate president. As president he has initiated improved shared governance with the administration, highlighted the role of the dozen standing committees and represented the Senate on the Stony Brook Council as well as the President’s and Provost’s Advisory Councils.
Dr. Feldman also has been active in governance at the state level, serving for the past seven years on the SUNY University Faculty Senate in many leadership roles. He chaired the Student Life Committee and the Graduate and Research Committee, leading these committees to develop several important initiatives including the Traditions Project; the White Paper on disparities in health insurance on the different SUNY campuses; resolutions supporting increased mental health services for students; and the inaugural Graduate Research Symposium, which highlighted graduate student research from SUNY and CUNY in Albany. He was elected to the Executive Committee as the Sector Representative of the Academic Health Sciences Sector, leading SUNY’s four medical schools and the College of Optometry on joint efforts, as well as developing policy with SUNY’s chancellor and members of the SUNY Board of Trustees. Dr. Feldman was elected as the vice president/secretary of the University Faculty Senate, advocating for the inclusion of clinical faculty’s eligibility for statewide awards such as the Chancellor’s Awards in light of the fact that a majority of the professors in the health sciences are clinical faculty. He continues to serve on the Executive Committee as the immediate past vice president/secretary.