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By Adam Emory
SUNY Plattsburgh honored adjunct lecturers Andrew Black, Dr. Marco Turco and Nora Montanaro with the college’s Teaching Excellence Award for Adjunct Faculty and Lecturers this fall.
The awardees received a certificate of recognition and $500 toward travel, training or supplies in support of teaching.
Black has served in the college’s Department of Anthropology since 2010, participating in hundreds of archaeology and history preservation projects in the United States, Ghana and Somalia.
Former students have said that his classes were both challenging and highly rewarding, but what Department Chair Deborah Altamirano finds most impressive is the fact that “despite the multiple challenges and often harsh conditions they face during site excavation, his students can hardly wait to get back into the field.”
Black holds a B.A. in anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and an M.A. in anthropology from SUNY Binghamton.
Turco has taught courses in African Studies, food security and organic farming since his arrival on campus in 2004.
Turco is “stellar in every course,” wrote Dr. Kathleen Lavoie, former dean of arts and science, in her letter nominating him for the award. Meanwhile, Dr. Richard Robbins — a SUNY distinguished teaching professor of anthropology who has audited Dr. Turco’s food course — wrote, “No student who has taken his organic agriculture course will ever look at food the same way again.”
Turco holds an M.A. in environmental studies from Lacrosse University and a Ph.D. in rural development from Bircham University in Madrid, Spain.
Nora Montanaro ’82 G’92 G’99 has served as lecturer in several departments at SUNY Plattsburgh since 1985.
Montanaro is respected for her love of teaching and learning, according to Provost and Vice President for Student Affairs James Liszka. Liszka noted that, in student evaluations of Montanaro’s public speaking course, they often write about how she makes it easy to not be nervous during speeches.
Montanaro came to SUNY Plattsburgh as a 15-year-old freshman and earned her B.A. with majors in secondary education English, psychology and speech communication. She went on to earn two master’s degrees from the college as well: an M.A. in liberal student administration and leadership and an M.S.T. in elementary education.
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