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ESF Biologist Is Honored as Distinguished Teaching Professor

Dr. Guy A. Baldassarre

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—A wildlife biologist at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) has been appointed a Distinguished Teaching Professor by the SUNY Board of Trustees.

Dr. Guy A. Baldassarre received the prestigious honor Tuesday, April 20, along with 15 other SUNY faculty members. Nine SUNY faculty members were appointed Distinguished Service Professors. An appointment to Distinguished Faculty rank is the university's highest faculty designation.

"It is with great pleasure that the Board of Trustees appoints to the rank of Distinguished Teaching Professor and Distinguished Service Professor 25 of our most esteemed faculty," said Board Chair Thomas F. Egan. "These members of the university's faculty have achieved national and international prominence in their chosen field and reflect the excellence and quality of the State University of New York."

Baldassarre joined ESF as an assistant professor in 1987 after teaching at Auburn University in Alabama. He is a professor in ESF's Faculty of Environmental and Forest Biology, specializing in wildlife biology, conservation biology, and ornithology, with an emphasis on conservation and management of waterfowl and wetlands habitats. His research program is international and he has published more than 70 articles on topics ranging from practical management of North American waterfowl to basic biology and ecology of Caribbean flamingos.

Baldassarre has served as major professor to 35 graduate students and he has brought in more than $1.8 million in research funds in the last 20 years. His work has been supported by agencies as diverse as state conservation agencies, private foundations, federal agencies and international sources.

In nominating Baldassarre for the appointment, a colleague described his teaching philosophy as, "impact teaching, affecting students for the long term." Another colleague described Baldassarre's presentations as "memorable, fast-paced and stimulating to students."

The nomination stated Baldassarre's commitment to his students extends beyond the classroom to include informal discussions and career advice. In addition to his work at ESF, he has mentored students in Central and South America. Closer to home, he has served for six years on the Tully School Board.

Baldassarre earned his bachelor?s degree from the University of Maine, his master's from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point and his doctorate from Texas Tech University.

"I am very pleased to congratulate our faculty members on achieving this most prestigious honor," said Chancellor Robert L. King. "These individuals have earned the rank of Distinguished Teaching Professor and Distinguished Service Professor through their enormous contributions and dedication to the State University as scholars, educators and researchers. They serve as models of excellence for the entire university community."

The Distinguished Teaching Professorship recognizes and honors mastery of teaching. Appointment constitutes a promotion to a rank above that of full professor, and the authority to confer appointment resides solely with the State University of New York Board of Trustees. To be appointed to this prestigious rank, candidates must have demonstrated consistently superior mastery of teaching, outstanding service to students and commitment to their ongoing intellectual growth, scholarship and professional growth, and adherence to rigorous academic standards and requirements.

Further, to be eligible for nomination a faculty member must have attained and held the rank of full professor for five years, have completed at least three years of full-time teaching on the nominating campus, ten years of full-time teaching in the university system, and must have regularly carried a full-time teaching load as defined by the campus at the undergraduate, graduate, or professional level.

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