UB faculty members Chris Cohan, David Murray and Todd Sage have been selected as 2022 SUNY Online Education Ambassadors.
The trio was nominated by UB’s Educational Design Collaborative. They were among many SUNY faculty members named Online Education Ambassadors at SUNY’s Online Summit on March 1.
“These three faculty members have been named UB’s SUNY Online Education Ambassadors for 2022 in recognition of their enthusiastic and effective teaching as exemplary online educators,” said Cheryl Oyer, coordinator of the online learning at the School of Nursing and co-chair of Educational Design. Collaborative. “They are positive and outspoken advocates for online education in the SUNY community and are well deserving of this honor.”
Cohan is a SUNY Professor Emeritus in the Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences at UB’s Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. His research and teaching interests are in the field of neuroscience. He is a strong advocate for integrated neuroscience education and the use of online resources to make learning more effective. He is a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence and a seven-time recipient of the Jacobs School’s Louis A. and Ruth Siegel Awards for Teaching Excellence.
Cohan is also director of UB’s two brain museums.
Murray, a clinical professor in the School of Management’s Department of Management Science and Systems, is also the faculty director of the department’s undergraduate programs, as well as director of the Sleiman Information Assurance Lab.
He teaches technology and business courses to undergraduate and graduate students and has received over $1.2 million in STEM grants since 2005. A strong believer in the importance of academic service, he currently holds 15 positions as a member, director or teacher. member of UB committees and organizations.
Sage, an assistant clinical professor in the School of Social Work, works to improve learning outcomes in higher education using information and communication technologies (ICT). He also conducts practice and research on trauma-informed motivational interviewing in health and social services.
Sage encourages collaborative learning between peers and faculty to prepare them for the field and guides students as they develop analytical reasoning skills. He is also a Masters Level Registered Social Worker (LMSW) and a Licensed Substance Abuse Counselor and Counselor.
Also, at the SUNY Summit, UB’s Experiential Learning Network (ELN) ranked second among eight projects nominated for the Effective Practice Award, which recognizes campus efforts to improve accessibility and convenience. affordability of online education and to maximize the educational value provided.
The ELN Project Portal was founded by Mara Huber, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning, to connect students with mentorship opportunities. The program supports students’ academic and professional development with digital badges that can be included in applications for future jobs and graduate schools.