SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy recently lauded two School of Health, Science, and Professional Studies faculty members for completing their doctoral degrees.
Science Instructor Beth Acton earned her Ph.D. in Physiology from the University of Toronto and Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biology Nicole Heldt earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Clarkson University.
Kennedy and Provost Jeremy D. Brown presented Acton and Heldt with their ceremonial hoods which will adorn their academic regalia during the upcoming Honors Convocation and Commencement ceremonies.
“Beth and Nicole made it a priority to continue their professional development,” said Kennedy. “They both deserve suitable honors for achieving the highest level of education. I commend their success and dedication to furthering their education and careers.”
The college currently has 18 faculty members working on their Ph.D.s, Kennedy pointed out. When they earn those degrees, more than 75 percent of the SUNY Canton faculty will possess their doctorates.
The union representing faculty and professional staff at SUNY Canton, United University Professions (UUP), offers a Retraining Fellowship comprised of funding from UUP and the State of New York. Currently, over $200,000 have been made available to SUNY Canton faculty for retraining.
There is also approximately $10,000 available in the UUP Individual Development Awards program for faculty and staff members employed both full- and part-time. These funds, which are supplemented by the SUNY Canton Foundation, are used for professional academic development and may include attending conferences or seminars, taking courses, and funding academic research or publication expenses.