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Outstanding Lecturer Award 2013 Winners Announced

STONY BROOK, NY, August 12, 2013 — The local Stony Brook University Provost’s Outstanding Lecturer Award recognizes the University’s appreciation of a faculty member’s significant and ongoing contribution/s to the missions of the University. The Provost’s Outstanding Lecturer Award shall be considered an accolade granted to a full-time Faculty Lecturer at Stony Brook University, based on significant contribution to the university as evidenced by the quality of the individual’s teaching, service, and related professional development.

In 2013 there are seven recipients of The Outstanding Lecturer Award:

  • Wilbur Farley, Writing
  • Timothy Hyde, Philosophy
  • Irene Marchegiani, European Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
  • Catherine Marrone, Sociology
  • Fernando O. Raineri, Chemistry
  • Thomas Tousey, Writing
  • Dongmei Zeng, Asian & Asian American Studies


Wilbur Farley
Wilbur Farley has been a Lecturer with the Program in Writing and Rhetoric since 2000. His interests include film, emerging technologies, and popular culture. In addition to teaching WRT 101 and 102, he has also taught upper-level writing courses focusing on the cultural value of heroes and the rhetoric of mental health discourses.
Timothy Hyde
Timothy Hyde is Undergraduate Director of the Department of Philosophy. His research focuses on the history of systematic metaphysics. He is presently working on a book manuscript entitled, The Phenomenology of the Missing, in which he shows how we can draw on phenomenological resources in the presently absent to indicate the dynamic, differential and temporal features of the emergence of a world of meaning and values that matters on the basis of life's engaged activity that is not reducible to life's material preconditions. He is also working on a students guide to Plato's Republic. He has recently run an international colloquium series dedicated to critical assessments of Heidegger and convened the 2009 North American Heidegger Circle. He is on the editorial board of Philosophy Study. He is an avid amateur cook.
Irene Marchegiani
Irene Marchegiani, Professor Emerita of Italian Language and Literature at California State University, Long Beach, is currently Director of Undergraduate Studies and Director of Field Experience and Clinical Practice in the Department of European Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Stony Brook University. She has published on Italian women writers, Giacomo Leopardi, and contemporary Italian poetry. She has translated several volumes of poetry from Italian to English (her translation of Torquato Tasso's Aminta was awarded the prestigious "Diego Valeri" Italian prize in 2002), and has published a volume of her own poems (Italian Astrolabio prize, 2010).
Catherine Marrone
Catherine Marrone is a Lecturer in the Sociology Department where she is the Director of Undergraduate Studies.  She is also a Faculty Advisor for the Multidisciplinary Studies Major.  In April of 2012 she was named by the Princeton Review as one of the top 300 College Professors.
Fernando Raineri
Fernando O. Raineri received his Ph.D. in Chemistry degree from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1987. He is a Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry, where he teaches General Chemistry and Physical Chemistry courses for undergraduate students, as well as graduate courses in Physical Chemistry. His research interests are focused on uncovering and quantifying the importance of solvation effects in chemical systems where electronic charge redistribution occurs, particularly in the area of electron transfer reactions in solution.
Thomas Tousey
Thomas Tousey has taught writing and rhetoric for more than twenty years, the last fifteen as a faculty member of the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stony Brook University. He has also taught classes for English and Journalism at SBU. Before coming to Stony Brook, he taught writing at Hofstra University and worked as a production editor for Physical Review Letters.
Dongmei Zeng
Dongmei Zeng received her B.A. in English (1984) from Northwest University in China, M.A. in English (1990) from Emporia State University in Kansas, M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language (1991) and D.A. in Foreign Language Instruction (1997) from State University of New York at Stony Brook. She was formerly associate professor in ESL at Borough of Manhattan Community College/CUNY before joining the full-time faculty at Stony Brook University in 2008. She teaches courses in Mandarin Chinese, second language acquisition and methods in teaching Asian languages in the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies, where she also serves as Director of China Studies Program and Director of Summer Study Abroad in China Programs. Dr. Zeng has co-authored a book entitled Breaking Boundaries: A Content-Based Academic Reading and Writing Text and published a number of articles in ESL professional journals and newsletters. She has presented widely on linguistic and cultural issues related to Chinese heritage language learners. Her current research interest is centered on Chinese heritage language maintenance and pedagogy.


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