Wahlstrom Named Distinguished Professor by SUNY Board of Trustees

Carl M. Wahlstrom, Professor of Sociology and Intermediate Studies at Genesee Community College, has been named a SUNY Distinguished Service Professor by the SUNY Board of Trustees. The award process is extremely selective and the criteria remain the same for a community college as for a four-year institution. Carl is one of only three professors in the SUNY community college system to receive the designation this year.

The Distinguished Service Professorship honors and recognizes extraordinary service. To be considered appropriate, service must exceed the work generally considered to be a part of a candidate’s basic professional duties and must extend over multiple years, involving the application of intellectual skills drawing from the candidate’s scholarly and research interests to issues of public concern. To be nominated, a faculty member must have held the rank of full professor for five years, have three years of full-time service at the nominating institution, and have completed at least ten years of full-time service for SUNY.

Carl Wahlstrom has been a member of Genesee's faculty since 1975. He is a graduate of Batavia High School, holds B.S. and M.S.Ed. degrees from SUNY College at Brockport, and a M.A. degree from the University of Bridgeport. He is a past recipient of the State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, the National Freshman Advocate Award, and numerous other teaching honors. Two years ago, he was honored by the SUNY Chancellor with one of the first SUNY Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Scholarship. He has been active in many professional and academic organizations dedicated to student success, and is a past president of the New York College Learning Skills Association.

Over the last decade, Professor Wahlstrom has gained a reputation across the United States as an author and expert on the “first year college experience” movement. He has written numerous books that focus on college success techniques and his texts are used in hundreds of colleges across the country. Professor Wahlstrom has been a much sought after keynote speaker and seminar leader at dozens of educational conferences, and he has addressed thousands of college faculty members and administrators about practical steps they can take to ensure student success inside and outside the classroom.

“It is with great pleasure that we congratulate Carl on this well-deserved honor,” President Stuart Steiner said. “Carl’s greatest love is working with students, and over the last 30 years he has done an extraordinary job helping students achieve their maximum success in college. We are very proud that he has received this prestigious award in recognition of his efforts.”
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