Jasmine Tang received the SUNY Excellence in Adjunct Teaching Award on August 28, 2015

Professor Tang with her award

Three SUNY Geneseo faculty members have received a 2014-15 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching. Among them is Mrs. Jasmine Tang who teaches both elementary and intermediate Chinese in the Department of Languages and Literatures. The award ceremony took place during the College Opening Convocation on August 28, 2015.
Tang has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 1991. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Geneseo and received a master’s degree in liberal arts with a concentration in Chinese education from Empire State College’s School for Graduate Studies. In 2012, Tang received an Award of Distinction from the Chinese Language Education and Research Center (CLERC) for outstanding contributions to the promotion of Chinese language education in the United States. In 2013, she received the Award for Outstanding Academic Contributions to the Field of World Languages and Culture from SUNY Empire State College. In the words of Nancy L. Zimpher, SUNY Chancellor, “Adjunct teachers across the SUNY campuses provide consistently excellent instruction and are a key component of our faculty as we seek to increase access, completion and success among students”.

Dr. Kodjo Adabra, recipient of the 2015 Hurrell/McNaron Award

Dr. Kodjo Adabra

Dr. Kodjo Adabra was selected on May 7, 2015 to receive the Hurrell/McNaron Award for scholarly presentation for his paper “Franco-African Relations in the Twenty-first Century”, a paper he presented in April 2015 at NeMLA in Toronto, Canada.
The Hurrell/McNaron Award is an annual award of $1,000 presented to an untenured faculty member in support of a paper or comparable project to be delivered at the major umbrella association conference of his or her discipline or profession. The purpose of the award is to encourage and reward untenured faculty who contribute significant scholarship and comparable activity to the national association conferences in their respective disciplines and professions. The awardee is selected by the Research Council each year.

Department welcomes new faculty for the 2014-2015 school year

The Department of Languages and Literatures congratulates the following faculty members on their new positions beginning the 2014-2015 school year:

Full-Time Faculty

  • Dr. Kyle James Matthews, Assistant Professor of Spanish
  • Dr. Cristina Agostinelli, Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish Linguistics
  • Ms. Beth Adams, Lecturer of Spanish
  • Ms. Nadjet Sarrab, Lecturer of French

And welcomes the following new faculty member for the 2014-2015 school year:

Part-Time Faculty

  • Ms. Shannon Circe, Adjunct Lecturer of Spanish
  • Mr. Doug Owens, Adjunct Lecturer of German

Diasporas of Color Undergraduate Conference

Diasporas of Color Undergraduate Conference

SUNY Geneseo’s Departments of English, History, and Languages and Literatures
and Africana Studies, Americana Studies, Asian Studies and Latin American Studies,
with the collaboration of SUNY New Paltz’s Department of Black Studies and the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program

invite you to participate in the


Friday, April 25th, and Saturday, April 26th, 2014 State University of New York at Geneseo Students are invited to present papers and posters that are concerned with all issues pertaining to diasporas of color relevant to Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States. Presenters may offer scholarly research or participate in panel discussions from all academic disciplines and social sectors. This Conference is funded in part by a 2013-2014 EXPLORATIONS IN DIVERSITY AND ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE SUPPORT grant from SUNY’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and by SUNY Geneseo’s Office of the Provost.

The “II First World Diaspora Undergraduate Conference,” a collaborative project of SUNY Geneseo and SUNY New Paltz, invites undergraduate students to SUNY Geneseo to present papers or posters concerning all issues relevant to diasporas of color of Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States, especially those related to the conference theme: “Global(izing) Identities and Migration across Diasporas of Color”.

The Conference has been organized to bring together students, recent graduates, academics and professionals to accomplish many desired goals, particularly,

  • to provide undergraduates the experience of showcasing, in a professional setting, the best of their scholarship in their area of specialization;
  • to expose undergraduates to enriching and meaningful, current diaspora scholarship as a means of motivating and stimulating their pursuit of a graduate education;
  • to create a venue where undergraduates will learn from the graduate experiences of, and challenges faced by, professionals who have specialized in similar fields of study;
  • to offer a space where current undergraduates can interact and network with alumni, recent graduates and new professionals as well as with renowned experts.

The objective is to help prepare undergraduates to enter and successfully adapt to the professional world upon graduation.

View the conference program.


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