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April 5, 2011

SUNY Empire State College Introduces Boyer Journal as Part of 40th Anniversary Celebration

Vice Provost Deborah Amory holds a copy of Boyer Journal

Vice Provost Deborah Amory holds a copy of Boyer Journal

(SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – April 4, 2011) – SUNY Empire State College unveiled a special scholarly journal at its All College Conference in Saratoga Springs in March to recognize its 40th anniversary, which is being celebrated in a series of events across the state. The journal is dedicated to former SUNY Chancellor Ernest L. Boyer. Boyer was a driving force behind the creation of the college in 1971during his tenure as SUNY chancellor. “Revisiting Boyer: Exploring the Scholarly Work of Empire State College Faculty,” explores four “pillars” of scholarship as articulated by Boyer: discovery, integration, application and teaching.

“I felt it appropriate, as part of our 40th anniversary, to highlight the diverse and important scholarship undertaken by our faculty, and to link this to the work of our founding chancellor, Ernest Boyer,” said President Alan R. Davis. “I think we have achieved that goal and more in this, the first volume of what will be a regular publication.”

Because the college centers on faculty “mentors” guiding students in independent learning, either online, in face-to-face meetings or in small study groups, Empire State College has long been known as a teaching college, rather than one focused on scholarship.

But Boyer maintained that scholarship could be done creatively and well in the context of Empire State College’s unique mission. To illuminate this, a number of scholars from across the statewide college were invited to submit papers in the four categories outlined above, plus, another category, The Journey, which highlights the “inclusive view of what it means to be a scholar,” in the words of Boyer, including “a recognition that knowledge is acquired through research, through synthesis, through practice and through teaching.”

In the introductory note, the editorial board explained: “ [The journal] seemed the perfect opportunity to highlight and explore some unique aspects of our college: our respect for interdisciplinary studies, the role of the expert faculty as mentors and recognition that students themselves bring learning and wisdom to the educational encounter.”

The editorial board comprised Vice Provost Deborah Amory; New York City-based Mentor Lear Matthews; Graduate School mentor and holder of the first endowed chair at the college, the Susan H. Turben Chair in Mentoring, Elana Michelson; Vice President for Communications and Government Relations Mary Caroline Powers, and Sharon Szymanksi, a mentor with The Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies.

Papers cover a wide array of topics – from an exploration of being a new scholar, to environmental philosophy, to the surprising nature of “fandom,” and an interdisciplinary look at suburbia, to the ancient Egyptian goddess Nut.

View  Revisiting Boyer, Volume 1, 2011 (PDF  1,868kB).

View Sir Daniel's blog discussing Boyer, and Sir Daniel's delivery of the Boyer Family Lecture during the All College Conference.

About SUNY Empire State College

Celebrating its 40th anniversary throughout 2011, SUNY Empire State College was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York. Students learn through independent studies, online courses, seminars and residencies. Learners also may earn credit for prior college-level learning from work and life experience.

The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide at 34 locations in New York state and online. Its 60,000 alumni are active in their communities as entrepreneurs, politicians, business professionals, artists, not-for-profit agency employees, teachers, veterans and active military, union members and more.

For additional information, visit www.esc.edu. For more on the 40th anniversary, please follow this link .

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