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SUNY Canton Faculty Members Named 2019 Online Ambassadors

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

Two SUNY Canton professors have been recognized by the Open SUNY Center for Online Teaching Excellence (COTE) for their contributions to distance learning.   

Michelle L. Currier, Ph.D., who is an instructor in the Criminal Justice Department, and Assistant Professor Marela M. Fiacco, Ph.D., who teaches in the Healthcare Management program, have been named as 2019 Open SUNY Online Teaching Ambassadors. 

Marela Fiacco and Michelle Currier stand in front of a projected SUNY Canton OnLine Website.
Assistant Professor Marela M. Fiacco, Ph.D., (left) who teaches in the Healthcare Management program, and Instructor Michelle L. Currier, Ph.D., who teaches in the Criminal Justice Department, were recently named Open SUNY Online Teaching Ambassadors for their accomplishments in distance learning.

According to Open SUNY, Teaching Ambassadors must be “exemplary online SUNY educators, who are enthusiastic and effective in online teaching, and who can be positive and strong advocates for online teaching in our SUNY community.” 

They were nominated by Christina M. Smith, an instructional technologist in SUNY Canton’s Online Learning Department.

“We are proud to have both Michelle and Marela as part of our online teaching faculty,” Smith said. “They are both excellent examples of educators who are willing to implement new and exciting pedagogies to enhance the student experience.”

In addition to being an experienced online instructor and course developer, Currier has presented and published research on a variety of student retention and relationship-building efforts and is the chair of SUNY Canton’s Student Online Learning Advisory Committee.

“In my research, which has centered around teaching and learning in a 21stcentury education environment, I have found that cultivating relationships between students and their institutions is of critical importance in building student satisfaction, success, and retention,” Currier said.

Fiacco has also developed numerous online courses and oversees the four-year Healthcare Management degree, which can be completed entirely online and is the college’s most popular program. She was part of a select group of professors who piloted SUNY Canton’s Flex Class program, an initiative that allows online learners the option to virtually attend and participate in on-campus lectures in real-time.

“To me, student engagement is the most important aspect of online learning,” Fiacco said. “Flex classes allow an online student to have a similar classroom experience as an on-campus student, which includes interaction with their classmates and professor.”

Both received their awards at the Open SUNY Summit March 7 in Syracuse. The conference brings together educators from across the state to discuss best practices. A student panel during the event included SUNY Canton student Sharon Wager, a senior in the online Legal Studies program, and SUNY Canton alumna Vanessa Trotter, a graduate of the online Management program. Both discussed how course design, support services, and faculty engagement impacted their learning.

“I enjoyed meeting the other panelists, and the faculty who attended found our session insightful,” said Trotter. “They were receptive to using the information to better serve their own students.”   

SUNY Canton is a pioneer in distance learning and currently has 18 online programs in areas such as finance, law, business, nursing, criminal justice, and homeland security. In addition to numerous national accolades for teaching with technology, the College recently received recognition from COTE for outstanding student support services.

“This award speaks to our efforts to create a vibrant experience for online students that encompasses academics, student life, support services and athletic opportunities,” said SUNY Canton Associate Provost and Dean of Academic Support Services Molly A. Mott.  

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 18 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also features varsity eSports and cheerleading. 

SUNY Canton Launches New Center for Criminal Justice, Intelligence and Cybersecurity

Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

The college will invest $10 million over five years in a new state-of-the-art home for its expanding Criminal Justice programs.

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran announced that the college is creating a new Center for Criminal Justice, Intelligence and Cybersecurity. 

Center for Criminal Justice, Intelligence & Cybersecurity

“By aligning the college’s related programs to create a comprehensive criminal justice center, we are positioning ourselves for local, state and federal partnerships,” Szafran said. “This will offer our students the most up-to-date academic experience and position them for employment.”

The center includes the college’s computer-focused Cybersecurity program and the fully-online Emergency Management program.

The college has committed $10 million over five years to establish the center in Dana Hall, which is currently under renovation and slated to go back online in fall 2020. Part of the investment will fund several brand-new facilities, including a Criminal Investigation laboratory, a crime scene staging room, and a $500,000 state-of-the-art cybersecurity computer laboratory in Nevaldine Hall.

Professor Elizabeth A. Brown, Ph.D., SUNY Canton’s Criminal Justice Department chair, will be the director of the center. Brown is a former latent print examiner for the Onondaga County Center for Forensic Sciences and also worked as a forensic scientist for the Indiana State Police Laboratory. She has won multiple awards during her tenure at SUNY Canton and published a laboratory textbook on forensic investigations.

“Our Homeland Security and Emergency Management programs are collaborating with our Cybersecurity program,” Brown said. “Our Criminal Investigation and Law Enforcement Leadership programs all share a similar connection and our two-year programs ladder seamlessly into our four-year programs. It is going to make for a complete college experience for anyone who is interested in a multi-faceted approach to the criminal justice and security fields.”

Dana Hall External CG mock-up

The center will expand relationships with state-wide law enforcement and corrections agencies. SUNY Canton is currently home to the St. Lawrence County-David Sullivan Law Enforcement Academy and the SUNY Canton Corrections Academy, which will also operate out of the center.

The center will initially house six academic programs and serve more than 500 students. There are currently more than 10 full-time faculty members with extensive professional experience who teach in these well-established programs. The college also plans to add future degrees in Forensic Criminology and Crime Analysis.

The degrees initially offered through the SUNY Canton Center for Criminal Justice, Intelligence, and Cybersecurity include the:

  • Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity 
  • Bachelor of Technology in Criminal Investigation 
  • Bachelor of Technology in Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement Leadership 
  • Bachelor of Technology in Homeland Security 
  • Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management 
  • Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice

Related minors include:

  • Forensic Science
  • Criminology
  • Corrections
  • Homeland Security
  • Criminal Justice Administration
  • Cybersecurity

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 16 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities.