SUNY Plattsburgh has awarded two adjunct faculty and a lecturer with the 2011-12 Teaching Excellence Award for Adjunct Faculty and Lecturers. Richard Aberle has taught sections of college composition as well as “Myth — Ancient and Modern” and introduction to fiction as an adjunct instructor in the English department since 2010. Dr. Erin Mitchell has been teaching year-round, often including summers, in the departments of English and Gender and Women’s Studies and in the Honors Center. In English, she has taught courses ranging from composition to modern short story. In gender and women’s studies, she has offered sections of introduction to women’s studies, feminist theory and American women writers, among others. Dr. Gillian Crane-Kramer is a lecturer in anthropology, where she has been teaching since 2007. Before her appointment as a lecturer, she had served as an adjunct since 1999. She teaches core courses in the anthropology program and has developed several new courses in her specialty areas of paleopathology, biophysical anthropology and archaeology.
SUNY Plattsburgh has appointed Dr. Stephen Danna as new dean of the college’s branch campus at Queensbury. A former teacher, Danna earned a certificate of advanced study in education administration from SUNY Plattsburgh in 1997 and a second advanced certificate in brain research in education in 2006 from University of Washington. In 2011, he earned his doctorate in educational leadership from Sage Graduate School in Albany. At that time, he became senior facilitator for the Race to the Top Network team in an area encompassing 31 school districts in and around Glens Falls. Race to the Top is a $3.4 billion federal educational grant program that awards funds to school districts that embrace and demonstrate successes in best practices. New York state received nearly $700 million. Danna said his role as facilitator was to help make changes, such as the overhauling of the education department’s system for teacher evaluation, as manageable as possible and to give teachers and administrators the skills needed to do it well.