Professor in College’s Physical Therapist Assistant Department a True Advocate for Students

PHOTO: Dr. Karen StephensMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – Dr. Karen Stephens is one of two SUNY Orange professors who were recently named as recipients of the 2008 President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Stephens, a faculty member at SUNY Orange since 1992, was cited alongside Stephen Winter, a longtime business professor at the College.

A revered colleague and professor, Stephens has consistently demonstrated a strong respect for the welfare, value and dignity of her students, who gravitate to her easy instructional style and benefit from her guidance. She is a strong student advocate and is consistently called upon by the Student Services staff to assist with student advising.

“At the heart of our work is ‘teaching and learning,’ and Karen exemplifies the best of what we do,” says Dr. Catherine Chew, vice president for academic affairs.

In addition to the vast clinical background she brings to the classroom, Stephens has been a strong proponent of developing supportive and effective learning environments—implementing instructional methods that feature small student discussion groups and embedding critical thinking throughout her curriculum.

“I try to provide a stimulating learning environment that allows the student to feel free to ask questions and respond to questions without fear of censor,” she explains.

As winners of the President’s Award, both Stephens and Winter have been nominated for the 2008 State University of New York “Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence,” which is to be announced in the coming weeks.

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