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SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence Honor 21 Faculty and Staff


Featured campusTwenty-one members of Stony Brook University’s faculty and staff have received the 2020-2021 State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence.

The awards acknowledge the dedication and accomplishments of instructional faculty, librarians, and professional staff across SUNY campuses and encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence. These programs underscore SUNY’s commitment to sustaining intellectual vibrancy, advancing the boundaries of knowledge, providing the highest quality of instruction, and serving the public good.

The awards provide SUNY-wide recognition in five categories: Faculty Service, Librarianship, Professional Service, Scholarship and Creative Activities, and Teaching.

“The SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence are a reflection of the incredible talent that surrounds us at Stony Brook University, and I am proud to recognize the 21 staff and faculty members who were honored this year, in a time when their contributions were especially profound,” said President Maurie McInnis. “Their tireless contributions to the Stony Brook Community are invaluable, and I offer all of the winners my heartfelt congratulations and gratitude.”

“The faculty and staff who received the Chancellor’s Awards help make Stony Brook University the extraordinary place that it is,” said Executive Vice President and Provost Paul M. Goldbart. “Congratulations on receiving this well-deserved honor.”

The following are the honorees from Stony Brook:

Scholarship & Creative Activities

Leonie Huddy, department chair and professor, Political Science

Faculty Service

Jennifer Albanese, director, The Writing Center
Celia Marshik, professor, English
Ghanashyam (Shyam) Sharma, graduate program director and associate professor, Program in Writing and Rhetoric
Markus Seeliger, associate professor, Pharmacological Sciences


Elyse Graham, associate professor, English
Sarah Jourdain, department chair and associate professor, European Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Kevin McDonnell, undergraduate program director and associate professor, Computer Science
Eriko Sato, director of undergraduate studies and associate professor, Asian & Asian American Studies
Lorena Salcedo-Watson, director of undergraduate studies and lecturer, Art


John Fogarty, director of Capital Planning
Cynthia Forman, assistant to the chair, Psychology
Erin Giuliano, assistant to the chair, Civil Engineering
Helen Harrison, director, Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center
Melissa Hogarty, director of Business
Mark Lang, computer support specialist, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences
Amy Milligan, assistant dean for Curriculum, Accreditation and Student Services, College of Business
Theresa Spadola, graduate program coordinator, English
Diana Voss, director of academic technologies, Division of Information Technology


Chris Kretz, head of academic engagement, University Libraries
Jamie Saragossi, head of Health Science Library

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