Ed Evans of SUNY Broome’s Communications and Media Arts is the recipients of this year’s Chancellor’s Award for Excellent in Adjunct Teaching. A professional journalist whose career included jobs in Illinois, Michigan and Pennsylvania, Evans has been with SUNY Broome since September 2007.
SUNY Broome President Kevin E. Drumm described Evans as an “engaged, enthusiastic and lively instructor who maintains rigorous academic standards.” Students in his courses engage in research, presentations and discussions that both keep them engaged and allow them to practice the real-world applications of the concepts they study.
A fun fact: The soft-spoken instructor rearranges his physical classroom to ensure that every student has a front-row seat with the best possible view of the instructor and materials.
Drawing from his journalistic background, he views every class as a story, which allows him to communicate key concepts and information in a way that is relatable and memorable to students.
He also takes an interdisciplinary approach, partnering with instructors in different departments on projects. For example, following a recent prison break that made the national news, he worked with a Criminal Justice instructor to bring in Public Affairs officers from the New York State Police via Skype to speak to a combined class of Public Relations and Criminal Justice students.
Outside of the classroom, he is a member of Southern Tier Actors Read (STAR) and the Communications Association of the Southern Tier (CAST), and has given a significant number of presentations for the Heritage Lecture Series at the Chautauqua Archives. He presented his film Early Bird: Cleveland’s Al Engel and Chautauqua Lake Airmain at the SUNY-wide Film Festival at SUNY Fredonia, his alma mater.
During the course of Evans’ career, he was worked in live television and radio, newspapers, documentary production and as a stay-at-home parent before becoming an educator. He has written several books and created several documentary films, including “The White House at Chautauqua.”
He is currently working on a new documentary film, “Four Presidents at Chautauqua.”
Congratulations to Ed Evans for this well-deserved award!