Susan Wilson Recognized for Connecting with Students

Susan Wilson, associate professor of recreation, parks and leisure studies, received the Student Affairs Connection Award recognizing her positive impact on students outside of the classroom.

The annual award is given to one full-time teaching faculty member who has established and maintained significant connections with students outside of the classroom, established and/or maintained opportunities for student involvement outside of the classroom and demonstrated that they have gone the extra mile in order to serve students.

Wilson is a softball team academic advisor, COR 101 instructor and a staff justice on campus.  

Also known as “Doc” by her students, Wilson was nominated by a student, a mother of that student and three faculty and staff members.

Susan Wilson

Wilson was described by one nominator as “an incredible professor, academic advisor, photographer, life coach, but most importantly an amazing friend.” A second described her as “one of those admired faculty members whose opinion, support and counsel are frequently sought by students as they deal with the dynamics and pressures of college life and life-planning. Dr. Wilson truly makes a difference wherever she goes, touching the lives of students and colleagues with her humor, caring and selfless giving. Cortland and its students are better because of her.”

“Based on the nominations received, it is obvious that Dr. Wilson goes above and beyond what is expected of her to establish excellent relationships with students,” said Lisa Allen, assistant director of career services, who served on the award committee. “She also was noted for ‘dedicating her life to her students and athletes at SUNY Cortland.’”