October 25, 2021

Two SUNY professors earn distinguished rank

Dedication rewarded

Photo provided by SUNY Cortland

Biological sciences professor Steve Broyles and students plant an oak tree on campus in front of Bowers Hall as part of Arbor Day. Broyles has been named a SUNY distinguished teaching professor.

For Steven Broyles, a biological sciences professor at SUNY Cortland, and Donna Videto, a professor in the school’s health department, their work and dedication has been for the benefit of their students.

“I really cherish every minute with students and help them find their place in the world and find their career,” Broyles said. “I try to help them to enjoy their life as well as academics and help them to become lifelong learers”

Their work and dedication has not gone unnoticed as Broyles and Videto were recently named SUNY distinguished teaching professor and distinguished service professor, respectively.

The distinguished professor ranks — distinguished professor, distinguished teaching professor and distinguished service professor — are the highest ranks a professor in the SUNY system can be appointed, said Mark Prus, SUNY Cortland’s provost and vice president of academic affairs.

Broyles and Videto were nominated by fellow faculty members and students, and the nominations reviewed by a committee in the SUNY system administration. Those recommendations were then passed Videto was recognized for her work on to the SUNY provost who passed their not just for her teaching of school health recommendation to the SUNY board of classes, but also for work presenting to the SUNY board of trustees, which made the decision.

“Professor Broyles is well known for the quality of his teaching and his engagement of students, and Professor Videto has a well-deserved reputation for service not only to SUNY Cortland, but the community, statewide and national organizations,” Prus said.

Broyles, who joined SUNY Cortland in 1992, said the appointment was a nice recognition for his work with students.
Prof. Steven Broyles

“I love being in nature working with them and showing them how nature works,” he said.

He traces his commitment to students back to his own education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where many professors would spend lots of time with him and other students discussing work both during and after class time.

That continued at the University of Georgia, where he received his doctoral degree. It was there that he discovered he wanted to pursue a career in teaching to repay all the people who helped him.

Videto was recognized for her work not just for her teaching of school health classes, but also for work presenting to organizations like the Board of Cooperative Educational Services and national organizations, including the American Association for Health Education and American School Health Association, the college reported.

Prof. Donna Videto

“I’m very pleased,” she said. “I’ve always felt it was very important to give back to my education. School health education doesn’t always get the support it deserves.”

Like Broyles, Videto said her favorite part of working at the school has been seeing her former students who have thanked her for inspiring them.

“I feel as if we have such amazing students and love running into them,” Videto said.

The appointment has also been a nice way to recognize her career, which dates back to the late 1970s, she said.

“It’s nice to achieve this since I’m at a later stage of my professional advancement,” Videto said.

The two professors will make 16 the number of SUNY Cortland faculty who are distinguished professors, Prus said: five distinguished professors, six distinguished teaching professors and five distinguished service professors.