Congratulations to Georges Fouron, Africana Studies, recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award, College of Arts and Sciences.

Students from across the College were invited to nominate faculty who they felt "demonstrate a warm spirit, a concern for society and the individual, and the ability to impart knowledge while challenging students to independent inquiry and creative thought." The award is meant to not only recognize classroom teaching, but mentorship of students. A student panel selects the winners.

Congratulations to David Bynum, Biochemistry, and Irene Marchegiani, European Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, recipients of Outreach Awards from the College of Arts and Sciences.

Faculty and staff from across the College were invited to nominate faculty who they felt impacted the community and deepened the university's connections to society. These awardees were selected for their important work with K-12 schools.

Congratulations to Stony Brook University and faculty and students of several local school districts across Suffolk County on the return of The 'Living Book Project' (March 27, 2015). Read more about this unique collaboration in Stony Brook University Happenings.

With support from the American Councils of International Education, the Center for Korean Studies at Stony Brook University plans to implement a six-week summer NSLI-Y Program for Korean (June 24 to August 7, 2015) to motivate U.S. high school students to master Korean, understand the culture more deeply and grow as global citizens.

This summer immersion program titled, “Pre-College Summer Immersion in Korean Language and Culture” is designed to offer high school students an inspiring and fully immersive environment for learning Korean and experiencing Korea’s life and culture at Stony Brook University (Pre-departure orientation) and at SUNY Korea in South Korea (In-country).

This six-week, four-credit (optional), intensive beginning-level Korean course is closely coordinated with daily cultural activities, excursions and task-based projects. The instructional classes in-country consist of language and culture classes, in conjunction with diverse cultural, social and community-level programs where students can immerse themselves in the local community and practice Korean as it is actually spoken in contemporary society.

The curricula follow ACTFL’s Standards for Foreign Language in the 21st Century (5Cs). Our educational design incorporates target language acquisition, literacy and intercultural communication skills through real-life immersion.

The experienced faculty in the Korean Language Program at Stony Brook University is committed to design, teach and implement this experimental program as immersive and instructive as possible and to provide differentiated learning experiences for each participant.

The Language Learning Research Center (LLRC) and the Center for Multilingual and Intercultural Communication (MIC) have received a US Department of Education grant under the auspices of the Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Languages Program (UISFL). This two-year grant, for a total of $175,000, will fund a project entitled, "Developing and Strengthening Heritage and Advanced-Level Language Education" that enables an inter-departmental and inter-institutional collaboration to support students with high potential and a strong desire to become competitive multilingual global citizens whatever their majors and areas of concentrations. Special congratulations to Drs. Agnes Weiyun He, Andrea Fedi, Lilia Ruiz-Debbe, Eriko Sato, Jiwon Hwang, Sarah Jourdain, and Julian Chen.

Congratulations to Larry Frohman, Director of the Social Studies Teacher Education Program, for receiving the 2014-2015 Fulbright Award.

Congratulations to Linda Padwa, Associate Director and Director of Field Experience and Clinical Practice for the Science Education Program, for receiving the 2014 Provost's Outstanding Lecturer Award. This award honors her ongoing distinguished service as a teacher, mentor and role model for our students.

Congratulations to Kenneth Lindblom, Director of the English Teacher Education Program, for receiving the Stony Brook University Senate's 2014 Outstanding Service Award for his work on the SPD Council.

We proudly announce a third new undergraduate teacher education program in the Asian Languages:

  • Adolescence Education Korean 7-12
The Korean Teacher Education program was registered and approved by SUNY and the New York State Education Department in March 2014. The following press release offers additional information about the history and development of this program.
SBU Embarks on Korean Language Teacher Certification Program

We proudly announce the establishment of two new undergraduate teacher education programs:

  • Adolescence Education Chinese 7-12
  • Adolescence Education Japanese 7-12
The two new programs are the most recent addition to the nationally recognized foreign languages programs in French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish. The new teacher education programs for Chinese and Japanese were developed in response to the growing demand for teachers of Chinese and Japanese in New York State and nationwide. The growing importance of Asian language education had led to the establishment of Advanced Placement (AP) courses for Chinese Language and Culture and Japanese Language and Culture by the College Board in 2006. The first AP exams were conducted in 2007. Furthermore, by the 2007-2008 academic year, nearly 100 schools in New York State had included Chinese or Japanese courses in their curricula.

Dr. Sarah Jourdain, Director of the Language Learning and Research Center (LLRC), is very pleased to announce that the LLRC has been awarded a National STARTalk grant to fund critical needs languages at Stony Brook.This grant will allow us to offer the Intensive Arabic, Persian & Turkish courses during summer 2014, and the intermediate-level follow-up courses during academic year 2014-2015.Of equal importance, this grant will allow us to award up to 15 tuition scholarships for the summer Arabic, Persian & Turkish courses. Many thanks go to Julian Chen, without whom this grant proposal would not have been possible and who will play a crucial role in its implementation, and thanks also to all others who contributed to this effort! More information about all SBU summer language courses, including STARTalk summer language courses, and the application for summer scholarships, will follow shortly on the LLRC website:

Associate Professor Patricia Dunn received two awards for her work with NCTE: a plaque for serving as a member of the NCTE Executive Committee (2011-2013) and another plaque for serving as chair of NCTE's College Section (2011-2013). Serving in these roles required a significant commitment of time and travel from Patricia, and the Council benefited greatly from her efforts.

Nicole Galante (PhD candidate and English methods instructor) was a speaker on a panel (with Professor Peter Khost of the Program in Writing & Rhetoric): "Democracy in the Age of College and Career--Readiness: Dusting Off the English Coalition Conference After 25 Years)."

Professor Ken Lindblom was honored with a plaque for serving as editor of English Journal (2008-2013). With the support of Lauren Esposito and Nicole Galante, he was able to produce 30 issues of this national journal. You can see covers of the issues here: He was also appointed to a 3-year term on the NCTE Editorial Board (books division).

Dr. Patricia Dunn, Associate Professor in the English Teacher Education Program, has been named a winner of the 2013 SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. This award, a SUNY system-wide honor, recognizes "consistently superior teaching at the graduate, undergraduate, or professional level in keeping with the State University’s commitment to providing its students with instruction of the highest quality." Associate Professor Dunn was nominated for the award by faculty members in the English Department and many colleagues and students in English and PEP provided enthusiastic letters of support for the award. She will be honored at an awards ceremony in October 2013.

Congratulations to Professor Irene Marchegiani, Director of Field Experience and Clinical Practice of the Foreign Languages Teacher Education Program, who received the 2013 Provost's Outstanding Lecturer Award.

Joshua W. Maines

Joshua W. Maines (Long Island ESOL ESL Teacher Candidate of the Year Award Recipient) and Dr. Susan Fishbein (Lecturer, Professional Education Program/TESOL Teacher Education, Stony Brook University)

The Professional Education Program at Stony Brook University takes great pride in honoring MA TESOL 2012 graduate Joshua W. Maines, who recently was honored at Molloy College's Long Island ESOL Conference on Saturday, April 13, 2013, as the recipient of the Long Island ESOL ESL Teacher Candidate of the Year Award. The award recognizes Joshua's knowledge, skills, and dispositions to become an ESL professional; his commitment to serve the ELL population; his special talents (being multilingual, among others); his experience in the field of ESL (both here and abroad); his willingness to collaborate with colleagues; and his demonstration of ongoing professional growth. Congratulations to an outstanding teacher candidate, graduate, and now colleague! Continued success, Joshua!

Congratulations to Professor Lisa Berger, Director of the Mathematics Teacher Education Program, for her article, "Mathematical Language and the Common Core State Standards for English," which appears in the May 2013 issue of English Journal (

This article received such a positive response and takes such a valuable and innovative approach, that it was included in the issue as an "EJ Extra," a very prominent, occasional feature of EJ.

The 'Living Book Project', a unique collaboration between Stony Brook faculty and the Three Village School District took place on April 5, 2013. Congratulations to all who participated in this event, and special thanks to Professor Lauren Kaushansky for all of her efforts to coordinate this interactive and highly successful project. A more detailed project description can be found on the Three Village School District's website

Congratulations to Professors Patricia Dunn and Kenneth Lindblom, who gave a presentation and held a book signing for "Grammar Rants: How a Backstage Tour of Writing Complaints Can Help Students Make Informed, Savvy Choices About Their Writing" (Boynton/Cook 2011). Professor Lindblom also gave a featured session entitled, "English Journal: Meet the Editor."

Further congratulations to Associate Professor Patricia Dunn who gave the keynote address at the North Carolina English Teachers Association (September 2012). Her address, "Multiple Literacies for Writing and Revising Across the Curriculum" included useful and innovative strategies for teaching writing in middle school through college and was very well received.

Congratulations to Professor Charles Backfish, Director of Field Experience and Clinical Practice of the Social Studies Teacher Education Program, and Professor Eriko Sato, Undergraduate Advisor for Japanese in the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies, who each received the 2012 Provost's Outstanding Lecturer Award.

The Educational Leadership Program (EDL), Department of Technology and Society, has been awarded their second Enhanced Educational Leadership Program grant from the New York State Education Department. This is a 3 year grant program that will enable program faculty and administrators to not only train aspiring leaders, but also to mentor sitting principals and assistant principals from 3 Long Island school districts and 12 schools from New York City. The total grant amount is $750,000 for the period 9/1/12-8/31/15.

Congratulations to Dr. Kenneth Lindblom, Director of the English Teacher Education Program, for being honored as an "Educator of Excellence" by the New York State English Council at their annual convention in Albany, NY (October 2012).