Advisement award bestowed on Vampola

David VampolaDavid Vampola, director of SUNY Oswego’s information science program and a visiting assistant professor of computer science, has received the SUNY Oswego President’s Award for Excellence in Academic Advisement this year. He will be recognized at the college’s Symposium on Learning and Teaching on Sept. 28.

In addition to directing the information science program, he is its advisement coordinator. Vampola currently advises 74 students distributed across the information science, computer science and cognitive science programs and also including undeclared freshman.

He was one of the first advisers in the First Year Advisement Program and has been involved with orientation and freshman advising over the summer for several years.

“David is easily the most popular advisor in the department and has by far the most advisees,” wrote Doug Lea, professor and chair of computer science, in supporting Vampola’s nomination. “His genuine caring for students and his always-available policy have had a lasting positive effect on hundreds of Oswego students.”

Christopher McKeen, an information science major with a computer science minor and one of Vampola’s advisees, nominated Vampola for the award. He wrote that Vampola was “never too busy” to answer questions and always “had an in-depth knowledge of all the courses I was considering.”

McKeen added, “One of the things that make a truly great advisor is when the person recognizes that he or she should step back and make the advisee really think about what they want to do with their life.”

In stating his advising philosophy, Vampola wrote, “It is vitally important that an advisor interprets the ‘life situations’ of students, and uses that interpretation to work with a student to help him or her understand alternatives, choose a path, and thereby construct a life.”

He noted, too, that advising is “a two way street” that helps advisers learn about themselves and become better teachers and advisers.

An Oswego faculty member since 1998, Vampola has also been recognized for his ability as a teacher, receiving a SUNY Oswego President’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

He teaches computer science, information science and cognitive science courses and in the Honors Program. For the past two years, he has co-directed Oswego’s Interdisciplinary Programs and Activities Center.

With degrees in philosophy, mathematical logic and social science/history from Loyola, Notre Dame and Tufts universities, Vampola pursued doctoral studies in quantitative history and the conceptual foundations of science at the University of Pittsburgh.

His publications have ranged over topics from the conceptual foundations of science to a statistical analysis of the health professions. He has held teaching and research positions at Boston University, Brown University, University of Pittsburgh and the University of Bochum in Germany.

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(Posted: Jul 17, 2007)