UTICA – Mohawk Valley Community College humanities professor Dr. George J. Searles has been awarded the SUNY Distinguished Professor of Teaching, the highest honor bestowed on faculty by the State University system from New York, according to a college ad.
The Distinguished Teaching Professorship recognizes a full professor who has demonstrated a consistently superior mastery of teaching, exceptional service to students, and a commitment to their continued intellectual growth, scholarship and professional growth, as well as upholding standards and standards. rigorous academic requirements, according to the ad. The appointment constitutes promotion to the highest academic rank of the State University, and is conferred only by the SUNY Board of Directors.
“It is a huge honor for Dr Searles and the MVCC because the threshold for this award is important,” said MVCC President Dr Randall VanWagoner. “George so deserves this award which recognizes his commitment to his students and his art of teaching. “
Throughout his 45-year career at MVCC, Searles has been a highly respected professor at the School of Humanities with a deep commitment to the mission of the community college, the college said. An exceptional teacher, knowledgeable mentor, active scholar and published poet, Searles has positively influenced the lives and careers of hundreds of students.
He is a masterful instructor who demonstrates patience and respect for his students and their writing while providing a unique learning experience based on the individual needs of students, the college said, adding that its manual, “Workplace Communications : The Basics “was born from the needs of its students. Now in its eighth edition, it is in use at over 200 colleges in the United States and abroad, including Canada, Saudi Arabia, and China.
Searles is also a mentor to his colleagues. He regularly welcomes new teachers to his discipline and discreetly supports and guides them as they navigate the classroom experience, officials said. He is generous with his time, putting his vast knowledge, skills and talents at the service of various collegial initiatives and has contributed significantly to the governance of the campus. Searles also volunteers his time to offer poetry workshops and writing grants to regional nonprofit organizations.
Searles is a past recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, and the Carnegie Foundation Teacher of the Year Award in New York State. He is considered a national authority on Philip Roth and has served as an advisory editor for Philip Roth Studies. Searles is a graduate of SUNY University Center in Binghamton (Ph.D.), SUNY College in New Paltz (MA) and Marist College (BA).
Searles is the third MVCC professor to earn this honor. Professor Ronald M. Labuz and Professor Norayne W. Rosero were awarded the title of Professor Emeritus in 2015 and 2016, respectively.