OSWEGO — SUNY Oswego faculty members Lisa Glidden in political science and Steven Granelli in communication studies will receive the 2013 President’s Award for Excellence in Academic Advisement, recognizing their commitment to empowering and encouraging students.
The recipients will be honored at the college’s annual Symposium on Learning and Teaching luncheon in the fall.
Glidden, advisement coordinator for political science, drew praise from senior political science and journalism major Diana Gerstacker, who said two keys to the assistant professor’s effectiveness are respecting and caring for her students, whether formal advisees or those in class.
“She sets standards and helps her students reach their potential,” Gerstacker wrote. “She is always happy to meet with her students, for whatever they need, whether it be issues with the material, helping students take steps after college or personal problems.”
Stephanie Chytalo, a junior majoring in political science and global and international studies, said in a letter of support that Glidden goes well beyond advisement requirements such as assisting with course scheduling.
“I have taken several classes with her and she has been one of the most influential people I have ever met,” wrote Chytalo, a three-year advisee of Glidden. “I have always looked forward to her classes, and will continue to take as many as possible. … When she finds certain programs, scholarships or leadership programs that may be of interest … she makes it a priority to tell me about them and help me with the process.”
Glidden said she has an open-door policy and tries to establish good relationships with students early in their careers.
“My advising philosophy, to the extent that I have one, is to share my knowledge with students and to give them the tools they need to be able to take responsibility for their education and advise themselves,” Glidden wrote.
Glidden serves as international students adviser for political science and global and international studies, teaches in the women’s studies program and has been active with the sustainability minor. She teaches courses in comparative politics, with a focus on the global South. Her research interests include social movements, indigenous politics in Latin America and environmental politics.
Granelli’s nominators included Mary Yaeger, a senior public relations major and a recipient this year of the Oswego Alumni Association’s Outstanding Senior Award.
“Professor Granelli’s mentorship has guided me to be a successful student as well as become more involved,” Yaeger wrote. “He is the one who pushed me to become involved with the organization that I am now president of (the Public Relations Student Society of America), and to apply to graduate school, which I have just accepted.”
Granelli, a visiting assistant professor whose areas of specialty include rhetoric and interpersonal communication, is widely known for his sense of humor, engaging classes and approachability, according to another nominator, junior communication and social interaction major Casey Borchick.
“Professor Granelli has gone above and beyond his job description to help me,” Borchick wrote. “Not only has Professor Granelli pushed me into courses with professors that are challenging, but he has also helped me make connections with other people in the department.”
Kristen Eichhorn, chair of communication studies, supported Granelli’s nomination, noting he often expands students’ horizons and personal goals.
“I’m most pleased with the amount of students that Steve has shepherded to academic conferences over the past several years and who he has personally sent to graduate programs,” Eichhorn wrote. “Our students have developed a reputation at the Eastern Communication Association because of Steve Granelli’s efforts in submitting their work and helping them arrange travel.”
Granelli wrote that his goal as an adviser is to provide students with a working knowledge of the creation of an academic plan that goes beyond the classroom.
“Often times students come to college focused solely on degree requirements,” he wrote. “I feel that my philosophy is grounded in helping them create a more comprehensive academic plan that incorporates opportunities unique to our campus while understanding curriculum in their chosen major(s) and minor(s).”