November 13, 2011

SUNY Empire State College Presented Prestigious Sloan-C Award for Faculty Development for Online Teaching at Sloan-C Conference

Front row: Left to right - Linda Lawrence, Amy Costantino, Laura Wait, Kathy Scacchetti, Sharon Neeley 
2nd row: David Caso, Bob Kester, Bill McClary

Front row: Left to right - Linda Lawrence, Amy Costantino, Laura Wait, Kathy Scacchetti, Sharon Neeley
2nd row: David Caso, Bob Kester, Bill McClary

(SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Nov. 10, 2011) – SUNY Empire State College’s Center for Distance Learning was presented with the 2011 Excellence in Faculty Development for Online Teaching award by the Sloan Consortium, one of only nine awards Sloan-C presented at its 17th annual international conference on online learning.

Linda Lawrence, Amy Costantino, Laura Wait, Kathy Scacchetti, Sharon Neeley, David Caso, Bob Kester, Bill McClary and Shirley Ferguson are the members of the CDL team that earned the college this prestigious national recognition.

“Recognition from a leading national educational organization such as the Sloan Consortium is most gratifying,” said Alan R. Davis, president of the college.  “Congratulations are well in order for the CDL team that works so hard to improve teaching and learning in the online environment.”

“Everyone at CDL is proud of our online faculty development team for earning this national recognition from the Sloan Consortium,” said Thomas Mackey, dean of the college’s Center for Distance Learning. “This honor demonstrates the importance of collaboration in the design of an innovative faculty development program.”

From 2005 to 2010 demand for courses delivered through the college’s Center for Distance Learning doubled. In order to ensure continuing quality, additional faculty were retained and CDL evaluated its new faculty orientation program, Teaching at CDL.

Research conducted through surveys of faculty, existing data and student feedback led to enhancements to Teaching at CDL including just-in-time meetings and review sessions, as well as updated information on pedagogy and procedures.

Further, faculty development is now an ongoing process and includes webinars, more frequent individual consultation, and access anytime anywhere to the newly created online faculty support resource center and more.

More importantly, the knowledge gained through the process also is integrated into faculty evaluation and student success.

“The 2011 recipients all have demonstrated exceptional leadership and real success in advancing online education,” said Burks Oakley II, vice president of Sloan-C and chair of the Awards Committee. “The competition for this award was particularly strong this year, and the Selection Committee felt that the Empire State College faculty development program was exemplary.”

Criteria for the 2011 Faculty Development for Online Teaching award are:

  • Effectiveness, the program has led to faculty teaching large numbers of high-quality online courses;
  • Scope of Impact, the program has been implemented institution wide or within a significantly large segment of the institution;
  • Faculty Satisfaction, the program has maintained a high level of faculty satisfaction; and
  • Supporting Letters, which address the quality and effectiveness of the faculty development program.

A press release on the 2011 awards is available on the Sloan-C website.  Meg Benke, SUNY Empire State College’s provost, was selected to serve as the Sloan-C president for 2011.

About SUNY Empire State College

SUNY Empire State College, celebrating its 40th year throughout 2011, was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from SUNY. 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 more than 35 locations in New York and online. Its 63,000 alumni are active in their communities as entrepreneurs, politicians, business professionals, artists, not-for-profit agency employees, teachers, veterans and active military, and more.

For additional information, visit More information about the college’s 40th anniversary is available on the college’s 40th anniversary web page.

About Sloan-C

The Sloan Consortium is an institutional and professional leadership organization dedicated to integrating online education into the mainstream of higher education, helping institutions and individual educators improve the quality, scale and breadth of education.



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