July 26, 2012

Ivan I. Ivanov Wins SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching

Associate Professor of Computer Science and Information Systems Ivan I. Ivanov

Ivan I. Ivanov

‌(OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. – July 26, 2012) SUNY Empire State College Associate Professor of Computer Science and Information Systems Ivan I. Ivanov has received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

The Chancellor's Awards for Excellence are system-level honors conferred to acknowledge and provide systemwide recognition for consistently superior professional achievement and to encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence.

“I am thrilled and grateful to receive the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching,” said Ivanov. “It is a great pleasure and a rewarding experience to provide the best of myself for my students’ academic and career success. My deepest appreciation goes to all my fantastic students and I am delighted to work with my wonderful SUNY colleagues in such a collaborative and innovative educational environment.”

Ivanov has mentored students in the computer-technology field, as well as across other disciplines.

“Professor Ivanov brings relevancy and modern practical applications to all of his mentees, no matter their area of study,” said college President Alan Davis. “He is a dedicated mentor as well as a scholar.”

“Rapid changes in computing technology, networking and software development — Ivanov’s fields —mean that staying current is critical,” said Michael Spitzer, dean of the college’s Long Island Center.  “Through his scholarship and teaching, Ivanov remains on the cutting edge of these disciplines while also serving as an excellent motivator who cares deeply for his students.”

During the last seven years, Ivanov has organized technology workshops for his students at the end of the semester to provide them the opportunity to present their projects to faculty, staff and peers. He also publishes a summary of the presentations, formally documenting the students’ culminating works.

Throughout his tenure at the college, Ivanov has built an international reputation as a scholar and professional in the field of information technology. His expertise in computer systems and network engineering is widely recognized by his peers and he has been an invited speaker at several international conferences.

“His colleagues find him generous with his time and expertise and he is an invaluable asset to them in their respective fields of study,” said Davis. “Dr. Ivanov embodies all the essential qualities required for the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.” 

About Ivan Ivanov

Ivanov holds a Ph.D. from the Technical University at Sofia, Bulgaria and did research fellowships at the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Rennes in France and at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom.  

About the Awards

The Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence are presented annually to faculty and staff in six categories: faculty service, librarianship, professional service, scholarship and creative activities, teaching and classified service.

The honor provides systemwide recognition for consistently superior professional achievement and encourages the ongoing pursuit of excellence. Through these awards, SUNY publicly proclaims its pride in the accomplishment and personal dedication of its instructional faculty, librarians and staff across its 64 campuses and system administration.

Individuals selected for this honor are role models within the SUNY community. In acknowledgment of their selection, recipients are recognized in the college catalog by the addition of the phrase "State University Chancellor's Award for Excellence in [category].” A certificate and a Chancellor’s Excellence Medallion also are bestowed upon each honoree to commemorate selection. Recipients are honored by their respective campuses during commencement exercises, at academic convocations, or other special events hosted in their honor.

Additional information about the awards program for faculty service, librarianship, professional service, scholarship and creative activities and teaching is available here. Additional information about the classified service program is available here.

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