Three at SUNY Cobleskill Receive Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence

Chancellor’s Awards presented to Angelika Hoeher for Excellence in Teaching; Dr. Jiang Tan for Excellence in Professional Service; and Tamera (Tammy) Loder for Excellence in Classified Service.

SUNY Cobleskill is proud to announce that three members of the faculty and staff have received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence.  Angelika Hoeher, Professor of Psychology in the Early Childhood and Psychology Department, has been named recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.  Dr. Jiang Tan, Director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT), is recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service.  Tamera (Tammy) Loder, Secretary and Benefits Administrator in the Human Resources office, is recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service. “Faculty and staff who receive the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence have served their students, fellow faculty and staff, campuses, and communities with the utmost distinction,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “It is a great honor to be able to recognize Professor Angelika Hoeher, Dr. Jiang Tan and Tamera Loder at SUNY Cobleskill with this award. Congratulations to all of this year’s honorees across New York State.” “These recipients are among Cobleskill’s elite and are very worthy recipients of Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence,” said Debra Thatcher, Acting President of the College.   “Their dedication to student success is outstanding.”

Angelika Hoeher, Excellence in Teaching Professor Hoeher, who also received a Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service in 1990, continues to engage students in meaningful and motivating ways. Through the use of humor and illustrative examples to demonstrate concepts, students are better able to understand the topic material with a thirst to learn more about psychology.   She not only helps students with the course topics, she also works with them to improve their writing abilities and master time management.  Always willing to embrace new topics and present them, Hoeher keeps abreast of current trends in psychological research through the use of online resources such as SmartWork in General Psychology, a program that examines current research and helps instructors apply it to course content. She shares these studies with her students in a variety of ways including the use of film and online assignments. Hoeher has been especially instrumental in supporting the growth of the new Bachelor’s program in Applied Psychology and taking on extra course-work to accommodate students.

Dr. Jiang Tan, Excellence in Professional Service Dr. Jiang Tan, has offered her expertise and skills in instructional technology to faculty and students at SUNY Cobleskill since her appointment as Instructional Technology Coordinator in 2004.  A year after her arrival, she was charged with creating the Instructional Technology Center, now known as the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) in the Van Wagenen Library.  In her current role as Director of CELT, Dr. Tan has developed and provided both group and individual training workshops and has helped increase  and support the number of courses  using online content management systems. Dr. Tan has been a key resource to all training and instructional design using a number of programs and technological tools, including Smart boards, interactive white boards, and iPads for classroom use. As part of that effort, she has developed a 6-week Online Teaching Academy offering best practices, audio-visual tools, partially designed online/hybrid courses and assessments for the needs of online students. In an effort to assist potential online students and their parents in finding online course listings, finding answers to questions, and assessing their readiness to take an online course, Dr. Tan took it upon herself to create an Online Education website.  She designed an Online Instructor Handbook, which is posted on the CELT website for easy accessibility, after spending two years researching and studying online education best practices.

Tamera Loder, Excellence in Classified Service With more than 32 years on staff, helping to improve the working environment for SUNY Cobleskill’s faculty and staff, Tamera (Tammy) Loder has gained deep professional knowledge and has helped thousands of employees enjoy successful careers in her role as Secretary and Benefits Administrator in the Human Resources Office.  She has been praised for her “unparalleled dedication,” “outstanding customer service skills,” “incredible depth of knowledge,” and “passion for her work.”  Originally hired as a Stenographer in the Admissions Office at SUNY Cobleskill in 1979, her hard work and dedication to her job was rewarded with a promotion to Senior Stenographer in the Human Resources Office in 1981. With her approachable demeanor, wide range of knowledge and her commitment to confidentiality, Loder has an extraordinary rapport with employees across campus and has earned a reputation for being a masterful problem solver who works constantly to ensure that employees’ needs are met.  She has mentored dozens of employees in understanding and working within SUNY, Civil Service and New York State systems, programs and regulations, and she serves as a resource on campus as well as to colleagues on other campuses who may need assistance. Throughout her tenure, she has earned recognition for her efforts, receiving the SUNY Cobleskill President’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service in 1982, an Executive Committee Award for Service to Campus in 2000 from the Cobleskill United University professions Chapter, a Student Affairs College Staff Appreciation Award in 2001 and 2006, and in 2013, was one of the first recipients on campus to be recognized with the new “You Rock” designation.