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2020 SUNY Award Recipients

SUNY Distinguished Professorship

The Distinguished Professorship is conferred upon faculty having achieved national or international prominence and a distinguished reputation within the individual’s chosen field through significant contributions to the research and scholarship, or through artistic performance or achievement in the fine and performing arts.

Patricia Maloney-Titland
The Distinguished Service Professorship

Patricia Maloney-TitlandPatricia Maloney-Titland, Professor in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Rockland Community College (RCC), is a professional actor/director who has directed more than 200 productions over her 30-year career. As a former Vice President and longstanding member of the Penguin Repertory Theater Company, Ms. Maloney-Titland has built a challenging professional internship program for her students. She has established collaborations with Concern Worldwide US, engaging them in philanthropy to benefit RCC scholarships. She has also advocated for the participation of the differently-abled, engaging them in key roles in her productions. Her productions themselves are often fundraisers for worthy charities including AIDS Awareness, Autism Speaks, diabetes research, and others.

Professor Maloney-Titland has twice received the Arts Council of Rockland Award for Arts Educator, as well as the Rockland Community College Foundation’s Leadership Award, and Person of the Year. She founded the Rockland Shakespeare Company and serves as its co-artistic director. In 2009, she received the United Way Volunteer Award for extraordinary volunteerism and service to the organization and other non-profits in Rockland County; in 2011, she received the County Executive Arts Award for exemplary and dedicated service to the arts; and in 2019, she received the NAACP Top Honoree, West Nyack, NY, for service to the community and youth organization. She is a recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Scholarship and Creative Activities, and the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service.

SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence

The Chancellor's Awards for Excellence are System-level honors conferred to acknowledge and provide system-wide recognition for consistently superior professional achievement and to encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence. These programs underscore SUNY’s commitment to sustaining intellectual vibrancy, advancing the boundaries of knowledge, providing the highest quality of instruction, and serving the public good. Through these awards, SUNY publicly proclaims its pride in the accomplishment and personal dedication of its instructional faculty, librarians and professional staff across its campuses.

Lili GradyLili Grady
Excellence in Classified Service

Lili Grady has been serving RCC as an adjunct photography instructor and Art Department Educational Support Specialist since 1985. Over the years, she has made accommodations as digital photography grew, while maintaining the College’s traditional black and white darkroom. Lili has participated in the Art Club and former Photography Club on semi-annual trips to a variety of galleries and Museums in New York City. Lili’s photographs have been exhibited in the tristate area, most recently in a group Art Faculty show at the New City Library, and in Albany at the Rockefeller Institute.

Kristen KolkaKristen Kolka
Excellence in Teaching

Kristen Kolka became a full-time mathematics faculty member at RCC in 2013, after serving as an adjunct professor for three years. She teaches various mathematics courses, ranging from Quantitative Literacy to Calculus.

Professor Kolka earned a B.S. in Mathematics and M.A. in Secondary Education, both from Sacred Heart University, and an M.A. in Applied Mathematics and Statistics from CUNY Hunter College. She is a lifelong resident of Rockland County, and currently resides in the North Rockland area with her husband and two young daughters.

Dr. Katie LynchKatherine E. Lynch, PhD
Excellence in Teaching

Dr. Katie Lynch is an Associate Professor of English at Rockland Community College, where she chairs the Sam Draper Honors Program. She received her B.A. in English and History from Dartmouth College and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her novel Confucius Jane was published in 2016. Teaching and mentoring students is the greatest joy of her professional life.

Eileen MacAvery-KaneEileen MacAvery-Kane
Excellence in Teaching

Professor Eileen MacAvery Kane has over 30 years experience as an artist, graphic designer, and art educator. She received her MFA in Graphic Design from Savannah College of Art and Design. She is an Assistant Professor at Rockland Community College and Coordinator of the Graphic Design program where she teaches courses in Graphic Design, Motion Graphics, Web Design, Typography, Digital Imaging and Digital Art. Her classes include COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) projects and she and her students have collaborated with universities across the globe. She is a big proponent of Service Learning, and projects in her classes often serve the local community. She has taught online for Berkeley College and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. She is author and designer of the books East End Stories, Teacup Secrets, and Ethics: A Graphic Designer’s Field Guide, and the blogs and She is a NYSCA grant recipient and Fulbright Scholar.

Nancy RosenNancy Rosen
Excellence in Adjunct Teaching

Nancy Rosen is an Adjunct Professor in the Communication/Speech Studies department, and a dedicated instructor of communication and public speaking courses for over 15 years at RCC (7 years) and several other colleges. She focuses on developing effective relationships with students, creating a supportive learning environment, and enhancing student success by helping students learn how to present clear and effective messages, reduce public speaking anxiety, and improve communication competence in their academic, professional and personal lives. Nancy is an active and collaborative member of the Speech department, as well as several committees and programs at RCC, including the 2019-2020 President’s Leadership Academy, Adjunct Faculty Senate representative, RCCAFA Secretary, SUNY’s OER initiative, and co-chair of the proposed Adjunct Academy committee.

In addition to teaching, Nancy is a TMS clinician, treating patients with major depressive disorder and other mental health conditions. Her corporate background includes one-on-one presentation and interview coaching, recruiting, training and professional development, marketing and program management. She is an experienced public speaker, designing and conducting orientations, training and professional development workshops at conferences, and believes her varied background is a valuable resource in and out of the classroom. Nancy has a long-standing connection with RCC, taking classes as a high school senior and summer classes as a college student, and is excited to continue this connection as both an enthusiastic instructor and engaged colleague within the RCC community.

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