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Susan McDermott Receives President's Teaching Award

CONTACT: Judith White (518) 629-8063
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, June 19, 2002

Image of Susan McDermottSusan M. McDermott of Albany, associate professor of English at Hudson Valley Community College, was honored recently with the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

A graduate of Temple University, McDermott earned master's degrees from both Montclair State University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and has studied extensively at University at Albany. She has been a faculty member at Hudson Valley since 1986, teaching composition, technical writing, basic writing, communication, cultural diversity, and various courses in literature.

She traveled in Bulgaria and Romania as a Fulbright Fellow in the summer of 1996.

McDermott was described in her award nominations as having impacted the curriculum and instruction at Hudson Valley. She was one of a team of instructors who planned and taught Multicultural Perspectives in Literature, and brings issues of diversity to her courses, ensuring that students are exposed to perspectives of various cultures.

McDermott was honored in the past at Hudson Valley for her work with students with disabilities. She is credited with being the "chief catalyst" for the establishment of an in-house certificate in gender and diversity studies at the college.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.