December 1, 2013

Local educator named Professor of the Year

PAUL SMITHS — The region’s own natural scientist, Dr. Curt Stager, is Professor of the Year for New York State.

The honor was conferred by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) based in Washington, D.C. 

He was one of 36 winners from individual states nationwide.

“I’m really happy to see good teaching acknowledged, and on a large scale,” he said via cellphone on his way home from a banquet celebrating the tribute.

“Something like this is really important because it draws attention to the need and importance of quality education. We have always valued good teaching at Paul Smith’s College. A lot of my colleagues do the same things. 

“Maybe in the future they’ll be more winners from Paul Smith’s.”


The nomination was made to the Carnegie Foundation and the council by college staff and administrators a few months ago. Stager learned of the win last month but had to keep it under his hat, he said — not an easy task in the tight-knit community surrounding Paul Smith’s.

Stager said the awards were celebrated with a special luncheon at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington with a reception at the Folger Shakespeare Library.


At Paul Smith’s College, kudos were in abundance.

In a news release, Dr. John W. Mills, president of Paul Smith’s College, said it is well-deserved distinction.

“When Paul Smith’s talks about giving students a chance to learn side by side with faculty members who truly care about their success, nobody embodies that more than Curt Stager,” he said. 

“He has taken students across the globe to help him conduct research that in many cases they wouldn’t be conducting until graduate school. We’re very proud to have him at Paul Smith’s.”

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