Business Professor Cited by ACBSP and SUNY Orange for Outstanding Performance in the Classroom

PHOTO: Stephen WinterMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – SUNY Orange business professor Stephen Winter recently earned two teaching commendations, having been named the Northeastern Region 1 winner of the Teaching Excellence Award, as presented by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), and also accepting the SUNY Orange President’s Award for Teaching Excellence from College President Dr. William Richards.

Winter will accept his ACBSP award at the Association’s 2008 Annual Conference in New Orleans this June and will also be considered for the group's International Teaching Excellence Award. By virtue of his campus citation, Winter has now been nominated for the 2008 State University of New York “Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence,” which will be announced in the coming weeks.

ACBSP is responsible for accrediting business programs at associate degree and baccalaureate/graduate degree colleges and universities with a focus on teaching and learning in the classroom. SUNY Orange is accredited by ACBSP. The Association’s Teaching Excellence Award Committee examined five criteria in evaluating professors for the award, including quality of classroom teaching and learning; institutional versatility; curriculum development; professional development and community commitment.

“The regional recipient is selected for outstanding leadership and service in business education,” explained Douglas Viehland, ACBSP executive director. “We are proud to honor Stephen Winter for his commitment to teaching excellence.”

Winter, the longest tenured faculty member currently at the College in a full-time role, has been teaching business-related courses at the College for more than 40 years. Throughout his tenure, Winter has been a leader and visionary in implementing new and innovative programs designed with student learning in mind.

Nearly 30 years ago, he was the first SUNY Orange professor to offer an Honors Course. He instituted the use of advisory boards in the Business Department that continue to support the College today. More recently, he has actively pursued the use of instructional technology, having developed an online course for Principles of Marketing while also offering web-enhanced materials to supplement each of the courses he oversees today.

Winter’s innovative ideas stem for a teaching philosophy in which he is committed to creating a partnership in the classroom. He understands and nurtures an informative and respectful rapport with students.

On developing that classroom atmosphere, Winter remarked, “It is always a work in progress. All parties must be flexible and seek the proper balance so we create an optimum fit to achieve learning.”

He received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Queens College, a master’s in business administration, with honors, from Baruch College and has completed postgraduate study in economics at the University of Missouri. He served as chair of the Business Department for 24 years.

“Steve has always strived to improve himself,” said Lucinda Fleming, chair of the SUNY Orange Business Management Department. “Throughout his tenure at the College, Steve has served in academic, administrative and faculty posts. He brings all of his professional experience into the classroom for the benefit of his students.”

The Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) recognizes the significance of the classroom teacher to the mission of business degree-granting institutions. Based on this, the Associate Degree Commission and the Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree Commission have established the Teaching Excellence Award to recognize individuals who exemplify excellence in teaching.

The Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs is the leading specialized accreditation association for business education supporting, celebrating, and rewarding teaching excellence. ACBSP membership includes 586 member institutions and over 5,400 individuals at these institutions located in 17 countries. More than 400 ACBSP member institutions also have achieved accreditation. ACBSP is located in Overland Park, Kansas which is in the Greater Kansas City area. For more information, go to

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