The faculty who teach and mentor our students are key to Oswego’s unique education ecosystem — our diverse course offerings, research and experiential learning opportunities, and support programs. They build relationships beyond the college that extend the network of opportunity for students in the community and around the world.
Our faculty grew in talent and expertise in 2013-14 and delivered the vibrancy that characterizes an Oswego education to students near and far.
Now a successful Los Angeles-based composer, George Nicholas Gianopoulos ’07 arrived as a freshman with zero background in music. “I owe so much to the Oswego faculty. Oswego was the platform from which I could discover my passion for music and pursue it,” said Gianopoulos, who returned in 2013-14 for professor Robert Auler’s performance of his work.
“Two classes, microbiology and molecular biology, really challenged me. I utilized them in the summer research I did at a pharmacy lab at Albany School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, testing a plant’s effects on coagulation. I’m grateful I took those difficult classes.” — Mary DaCosta ’14, pre-med student
“I feel like since day one on this campus, I’ve been really nurtured, and a lot of my growth as an academic is owed to this being a great campus. The people who work here are so knowledgeable but also very accessible.” — Julie Schofield, 2014 Student Fulbright Award recipient
“We have moved deliberately and strategically to expand education abroad, embedding it well into the curriculum, creating more experiential programs abroad, research and service opportunities, and ways for our faculty to teach and lead students abroad in every discipline.” — Director of International Education Joshua McKeown
“Online classes have the same rigor as traditional classes at Oswego. Most of the faculty in the online program also teach classroom-based courses. Online MBA faculty members are recognized for scholarly and professional accomplishments.” — School of Business Dean Richard Skolnik
In 2014 Oswego recruited a remarkably large and diverse group of new faculty and professional staff members bringing a variety of talents to campus. Nearly three dozen new full-time professors provided an infusion into a robust faculty corps, filling vacancies and new positions.
A significant share of the new tenure-track faculty members were enlisted to address increased student enrollment in science-related disciplines. They included newly minted Ph.D.s or postdoctoral research fellows from such institutions as Harvard, Wesleyan, Kyoto, Drexel, Binghamton, Texas Tech and Cornell universities.
82% classes taught by full-time faculty
60% of faculty are full time
341 full-time faculty
15.6% of faculty are from underrepresented groups
35 new full-time faculty recruited in 2014
Nearly as many new professional staff — new-student orientation director, dean of students, experiential learning director and instructional support technicians, for example — filled posts that help achieve our mission “to contribute to the common good by lighting the path to wisdom and empowering women and men to pursue meaningful lives as productive, responsible citizens.”
Supplementing Oswego’s own faculty were scholars visiting from abroad, including a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence from the University of Calcutta. One of our own French professors also won a Fulbright Scholarship — to teach and conduct research in Moldova — returning with new connections and expertise.
Lenuta Giukin of Oswego’s modern languages and literatures faculty won a five-month Fulbright Scholarship to Moldova. She taught and did research on the burgeoning film industry in that Eastern Europe nation in fall 2013.
Paula Banerjee of the University of Calcutta was a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at Oswego and Onondaga Community College in 2013-14. The editor of Refugee Watch, she taught, conducted research and engaged with student and community groups, including Central New York’s large refugee population.
From online courses to applied learning to advisers skilled in helping nontraditional students navigate unfamiliar collegiate terrain, Oswego is often in the forefront of innovation to address contemporary needs.
In 2014, Oswego’s nationally ranked online master’s in business administration and MBA in health services administration joined a handful of other degree programs in launching Open SUNY. SUNY’s signature initiative promises “no limits to accessibility, reach or possibilities” as it appeals to working adults and place-bound students the world over. It eases online learning with a suite of 24/7 services to aid students in completing their degrees — whether they need technical help, tutoring, financial planning or academic advisement services.
U.S. News and Princeton Review have recognized Oswego’s business programs, especially the online programs, for their outstanding level of student engagement and faculty expertise. The quality of our online MBA degree programs reflects the investment our college has made in online education — faculty, instructional designers, technology, and staff who advise students in meeting their professional goals.
As the nation’s ranks of returning veterans continue to grow, Oswego has adapted services with their particular needs in mind. The college increased training for staff and faculty in pivotal contact positions to handle veterans issues, improved tracking of veteran student retention and success, published resources on the college website and opened a veterans resource center and lounge. Not surprisingly, then, Oswego earned a spot on Victory Media’s list of 2014 Military Friendly Schools.
Our faculty are enmeshed in professional networks of colleagues and contacts in their disciplines and related enterprises. Their networks become an extension of Oswego’s rich education ecosystem. Professors tap into them to open doors for students that lead to applied learning opportunities — research, internships, co-op experiences, international education — and on to careers. A prime example in 2013-14 was the nine-university lake-effect storm study bringing researchers to the shores of Lake Ontario from as far away as Alabama and Colorado. More than 20 Oswego undergraduates participated along with their meteorology professors and over a hundred visiting scientists. Using a unique suite of modern mobile observing equipment and computer-based storm models, they probed the processes that control the timing and location of our notorious zones of heavy snow.
22 cooperative education partners
90 study abroad and exchange partners
15 international research partners (Global Laboratory)