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February 17, 2014

SUNY Oneonta adjuncts honored with awards

Two lecturers at SUNY Oneonta were among the 43 recipients of a new award from the State University of New York announced Friday.

Carol Exley and Cynthia Klink each received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching.

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher said the award recognizes consistently superior teaching at the graduate, undergraduate, or professional level.

“Adjunct teachers are a key component of the SUNY faculty, providing top-quality instruction and making an important contribution to academic success and degree completion among students,” Zimpher said in a media release. Those receiving this inaugural awards “are truly the best of the best, having demonstrated extraordinary dedication to their students and an exceptional commitment to teaching excellence,” she said.

SUNY Oneonta President Nancy Kleniewski also issued a statement praising the two.

Of Exley, Kleniewski noted that 40 of her peers wrote unsolicited letters in support of her nomination, “a testament to the value she brings to our Division of Education.” In the letters, Kleniewski said, Exley’s fellow educators identified her as a “mentor” and described her as “a teacher who demonstrates that student achievement is the responsibility of every educator, and that rigor and high expectations lead to excellence.”

Reached by phone for comment on the awards Friday, Exley said, “It’s an incredible honor. I was humbled by it and share it with the students I work with.” She said SUNY Oneonta is “a very supportive environment. The professional atmosphere is second to none.”

Kleniewski said that “Klink’s attention to broadening the curriculum within the Department of Anthropology is extraordinary.” The example she sets as a scholar is noteworthy, she said, and “The volume of her research rivals that of her tenure-track colleagues, and its quality is exceptional.” 

According to the release, Klink’s work has appeared in several peer-reviewed publications, and she has presented it over two dozen times at academic conferences.

Klink could not be reached for comment Friday.

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