June 22, 2016

Duncan RyanMann Receives SUNY Chancellors Award for Excellence in Teaching

President Merodie Hancock and Duncan RyannMann
President Merodie Hancock (left) poses with Duncan RyanMann, right, after he is recognized with a SUNY Chancellor's Award.

(ALBANY, N.Y. – June 22, 2016) Duncan RyanMann, a professor of management at SUNY Empire State College’s Troy location, has been recognized with the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. He received the award at the SUNY Empire State College commencement in Albany on June 11.

“SUNY employs an exemplary body of faculty and staff across the state and the annual presentation of these awards underscores our deep appreciation for those who serve SUNY campuses, students and communities with the highest levels of distinction,” said Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “Congratulations to all of this year’s honorees.”

Recognizing the SUNY Chancellor’s Award winners during the ceremony, President Merodie A. Hancock said, “By Chancellor’s Awards winners, that means they won awards competing with all of their SUNY colleagues, not just within Empire State College. I commend Dr. RyannMann for his service to the college and to its students.”

“I am deeply moved by this recognition and award,” said RyanMann.“I love working with Empire State College students. Their motivation and determination provides my mentoring role with its own special rewards. I want to express my gratitude to the full spectrum of my Empire State College colleagues for their efforts with this award and for making this college the great place that it is for adult students. Thank you.”

About Duncan RyanMann

Duncan RyanMann is a professor in the area of Business, Management and Economics and specializes in the areas of industrial organization, health economics and public finance. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and his B.A. in liberal arts from Evergreen State College. RyanMann has been with the college since 1994, and has been called a “mentor of mentors” by his colleagues for his willingness to collaborate with them and with students. His breadth of instruction identifies with students’ needs and interests, both at the graduate and undergraduate level. He teaches course work two words in all modalities – face-to-face, blended, online, group study and residencies – and provides a broad range of instruction across the Business, Management and Economics area of study.

About the Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence

The awards are presented annually in seven categories: Faculty Service, Librarianship, Professional Service, Scholarship and Creative Activities, Teaching, Classified Service and Adjunct 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. Individuals selected for this honor are role models within the SUNY community. In acknowledgment of their selection, recipients are given recognition for the particular award received in the college catalog. A certificate and a Chancellor’s Award for Excellence Medallion also are bestowed to commemorate selection.

About Empire State College

Empire State College, the nontraditional, open college of the SUNY system, educates more than 20,000 students worldwide at eight international sites, more than 35 locations across the state of New York, online, as well as face to face and through a blend of both, at the associate, bachelor’s and master’s levels.

The average age of an undergraduate student at the college is 35, and graduate students’ average age is 40.

Most Empire State College students are working adults. Many are raising families and meeting civic commitments in the communities where they live, while studying part time.

In addition to awarding credit for prior college-level learning, the college pairs each undergraduate student with a faculty mentor who supports that student throughout his or her college career.

Working with their mentors, students design an individual degree program and engage in guided independent study and course work onsite, online or through a combination of both, which provides the flexibility for students to choose where, when and how to learn. Students have the opportunity to enroll five times during the year.

The college’s more than 75,000 are active in their communities as entrepreneurs, politicians, business professionals, artists, nonprofit agency employees, teachers, veterans and active military, union members and more.

The college was first established in 1971 by the SUNY Board of Trustees with the encouragement of the late Ernest L. Boyer, chancellor of the SUNY system from 1970 to 1977.

Boyer also served as United States commissioner of education during the administration of President Jimmy Carter and then as president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

More information about the college is available at www.esc.edu.




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