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April 23, 2003
OSWEGO -- Dr. Paula Bobrowski, an associate professor of marketing and management at SUNY Oswego, is the first recipient of the SUNY Oswego President's Award for Teaching Excellence.
In setting up the President's Award for Teaching Excellence in 2001, the campus Committee on Learning and Teaching wrote that Oswego's "commitment to educational excellence requires that truly exceptional teachers are recognized, celebrated and rewarded for their contributions to the learning environment."
Writers in support of Bobrowski's nomination for this honor included students, colleagues at SUNY Oswego and a senior vice president with the international organization Students in Free Enterprise. Bobrowski advises the award-winning Oswego campus chapter of SIFE.
"Dr. Paula Bobrowski is an inspiration as a teacher, and as a person," wrote Paul Tsiropinas, a recent graduate. "She is smart, kind, and an extremely hard worker . . . tremendously supportive of her students."
With colleagues in the School of Business, Bobrowski has initiated significant innovations in the school's course offerings, including the "Gateway to Business" course for all new business students. She co-authored the textbook for the course with Pamela Cox, an assistant professor of marketing and management. With Associate Dean Paloma Jalife, Bobrowski received a $139,000 grant last year from the U.S. Department of Education to internationalize the business curriculum.
She advises 45 students a year; has been faculty adviser to the student chapter of the American Marketing Association and Vega, the undergraduate women's honor society, as well as SIFE; and helped organized last year's conference at Oswego on enhancing teaching and learning, according to her nominators.
In connection with SIFE, she is a Sam Walton Free Enterprise Fellow.
Bobrowski joined the SUNY Oswego School of Business faculty in 1997 after receiving her doctorate in marketing at Syracuse University. She spent 1995-96 in Japan on a Fulbright research fellowship.
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