Dr. Judith Summerfield, Professor of English at Queens College of the City University of New York, has been named New York State Teacher of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
Citing her “extraordinary dedication to undergraduate teaching,” the Foundation chose Professor Summerfield for her leadership in redesigning the Queens College Freshman Year Initiative in 1992, aimed at helping freshmen succeed in, and stay in, college. The successful program has grown from an initial 32 students and five faculty members to more than 600 freshmen and 60 faculty members.
Professor Summerfield is the third City University of New York faculty member to receive a prestigious Carnegie Foundation designation in the last five years. Dr. Sondra Perl, Professor of English at Lehman College, won the New York State Teacher award in 1996.
Dr. Teofilo F. Ruiz, Professor of History, Brooklyn College, was named Outstanding Professor of the Year in 1994, the national award given by the Carnegie Foundation and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
“Considering that there are over 300 colleges in New York State, it is especially noteworthy when CUNY professors receive recognition among faculty. We are enormously proud of Professor Summerfield’s extraordinary accomplishments and those of the previous recipients,” said CUNY Interim Chancellor Christoph M. Kimmich.