SUNY Cobleskill Professor John Foster Receives SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching

May 14, 2012

SUNY Cobleskill Professor John Foster, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, is a recipient of the 2012 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.


A member of the SUNY Cobleskill faculty since 1988, Foster is recognized as the founding father of the aquaculture program. He has served as Fisheries and Wildlife chair since 2003 while teaching courses in Invertebrate Zoology, Fish Biology, Production Aquaculture/Merriculture, Pond Management, Marine Ecology, Fish Hatchery Management, and Fisheries Research.


“Dr. Foster’s dedication and commitment to students is exemplary,” says Dr. Candace S. Vancko, SUNY Cobleskill’s officer in charge. “Thanks to his efforts, SUNY Cobleskill’s Fisheries and Wildlife programs have become nationally renowned.”


During his tenure at SUNY Cobleskill, Foster has been awarded more than 35 research/development grants valued at nearly six million dollars – a significant portion of which was used to expand the Fisheries and Aquaculture program – and worked with Plant Science department faculty to construct aquaponic systems in a campus greenhouse. He also established a partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation giving students the opportunity to develop state-of-the-art techniques for raising endangered species of fish to assist in the species’ restoration in wild settings.


Foster is the author of numerous articles, book chapters and technical reports. He has presented seminars at several conferences for leading industry organizations, such as the American Fisheries Society, the Federation of Lake Associations, the New York State American Fisheries Society, and Trout Unlimited.


Foster is the past recipient of a Teaching Award of Merit from the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture, and the SUNY Research Foundation Award for Excellence in Research. He serves as an advisor to the American Fisheries Society club and has been a scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts for more than 25 years.


The Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence are System-level honors conferred to acknowledge and provide system-wide recognition for consistently superior professional achievement and to encourage the ongoing

pursuit of excellence. These programs underscore SUNY’s commitment to sustaining intellectual vibrancy, advancing the boundaries of knowledge, providing the highest quality of instruction, and serving the public good.


Through these awards, SUNY publicly proclaims its pride in the accomplishment and personal dedication of its instructional faculty, librarians and professional staff across its campuses. The awards provide SUNY-wide recognition in five categories: Faculty Service, Librarianship, Professional Service, Scholarship and Creative Activities, and Teaching.


Individuals selected for this honor are role models within the SUNY community. A certificate and a Chancellor’s Excellence Medallion are bestowed to commemorate selection.

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