Political Science Chair David Rankin will present the lecture, “Engaged Learning, Citizenship and Democracy,” on Sept. 20 at 3:30 p.m. in Rosch Recital Hall as the recipient of the 2011 President’s Award for Excellence in teaching. His talk, continuing the tradition bestowed upon the annual faculty recipient, will be held this year during Constitution Week, which will include several activities relating to civility, public service and civic engagement. Community projects showcasing and involving student service and engagement will also be featured.
In addition to Dr. Rankin, President Dennis Hefner also honored University Police Lieutenant Randall Moore and Counseling Center Senior Counselor Leanna White at the annual President’s Award for Excellence and Service Recognition Luncheon in April.
Rankin joined SUNY Fredonia in 1999. He teaches courses including American Politics; Media and Politics; Campaigns and Elections; Public Opinion; and Civic Education and Engagement. He has led the department’s internship program in Washington, D.C., since 2002 and serves as director of the Fredonia Academic Community Engagement (FACE) Center. He has also been one of the campus’ most visible faculty members throughout Western New York, regularly appearing as an expert with a variety of Erie and Chautauqua county media outlets.
Department of Philosophy Chair Neil Feit will offer the 35th Robert W. Kasling Memorial Lecture, “Consequences of Narrow Mindedness,” on Oct. 18 at 4 p.m., also in Rosch.
Dr. Feit joined the campus in 1999 and has focused his work in the philosophy of mind and philosophy of language, in particular on the mental content of cognitive attitudes such as belief and desire, and on the ways such attitudes in speech are reported. Dr. Feit also has research interests in epistemology, ethics and metaphysics.
The annual William T. Hagan Young Scholar/Artist Award recipient will also be recognized at the Kasling event. This year’s winner is Dr. Kate Mahoney of the College of Education’s Department of Language, Learning and Leadership. She serves as coordinator for TESOL programs in the department and in 2008 was selected through a Proyecto Derechos Civiles (Civil Rights Project) national competition (a UCLA-based initiative) to
investigate the effects of restrictive language policies on language-minority students.
All events are free and open to the public.
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