Immediate: May 16, 2008
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Dr. Joseph Varacalli, Professor of Sociology at Nassau Community College, Named Distinguished Service Professor by the State of New York
Garden City, NY – Nassau Community College is pleased to announce that Dr. Joseph Varacalli, a professor in the sociology department, has been granted by the State University of New York (SUNY) Board of Trustees the honor of “Distinguished Service Professorship” as a result of his extraordinary professional service. The Distinguished Service Professorship is conferred upon individuals at SUNY’s state-operated campuses who have achieved national or international prominence and a distinguished reputation within the individual’s chosen field. Dr. Varacalli is one of only 13 professors statewide to attain this honor in 2008.
“SUNY faculty who receive appointment to the distinguished ranks are truly representative of the broad service contributions and the career achievements being made by faculty on each of our 64 campuses across New York State,” said SUNY Interim Chancellor Dr. John B. Clark. In addition to the selection criteria for the Distinguished Service Professorship, to be nominated a faculty member must have held the rank of full professor for five years, have three years of full-time service at the nominating institution and have completed at least ten years of full-time service for SUNY.