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SoCJ’s Giokas wins SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence

George Giokas

George GiokasGeorge Giokas, an adjunct professor in the School of Communication and Journalism, has received the 2023-2024 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching. 

The School’s longest-serving adjunct, Giokas has dedicated nearly two decades to teaching, developing courses, and serving on various committees, always striving to ensure his students receive a well-rounded, extensive education. 

“The leadership role that George has embraced in helping his colleagues and his school grow goes far beyond what one would expect from an adjunct faculty member,” said Laura Lindenfeld, dean of the SoCJ and executive director of the Alda Center for Communicating Science. “In everything he does, George has the best interests of his students and his school in mind.”

Giokas developed several courses, including a working newsroom course where students create content for media organizations and local entrepreneurs. He serves as the Internship Coordinator for the SoCJ and is also on the School’s scholarship committee and coordinates the Hearst Student Journalism Awards Program, a national college journalism competition. In the past three years, two dozen SoCJ students won Hearst Awards, each time placing among the top 20 winners nationally.

Giokas spearheaded initiatives to bring prospective employers to campus for career fairs and facilitated opportunities for those employers to meet and interact with SoCJ students, increasing students’ chances for employment upon graduation. As the School launches new degree programs and increases student enrollments significantly, Giokas continues to help build closer connections and partnerships with the staff at the Career Center. 

“George is the antithesis of the cliche ‘those who can’t do, teach,’’’ said Irene Virag, the School’s associate dean for student affairs and undergraduate program director. “The depth and breadth of his professional experience translates into a teaching style that challenges and nurtures his students.” 

Giokas’ students leave glowing course evaluations citing his engaging demeanor and frequently stay in contact after graduating. 

“In my classes with Professor Giokas, he connected with the students in a way that not many other professors have been able to, especially in the adjunct role,” said Jeremy Kuri, a journalism senior and former student of Giokas. “The community of friends and peers that Professor Giokas has fostered has been like few others that I have been a part of.”

Giokas previously served as a reporter and columnist for several publications, including Newsday, Long Island’s only daily newspaper. He also co-founded HealthDay, the world’s largest syndicator of health news and leading independent creator of evidence-based health content.

The Chancellor’s Awards are SUNY’s most prestigious accolades. They recognize consistently superior professional achievement, encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence and are given to faculty, staff and students across several categories. The awards underscore SUNY’s commitment to advancing the boundaries of knowledge and serving the public good.

“After all these years in journalism, I have a meaningful purpose – to impart to aspiring journalists and communicators a love and passion for their chosen path,” said Giokas. “If perseverance and an unflinching passion for the importance of disseminating credible and probing news is the one thing my students take away with them along with their diplomas, then I’ve done my work well.” 


By Ellice Wallace

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