Academic Programs and Faculty

The College has hired more than 200 new, full-time faculty members over the past 15 years to support growing departments and the diversifying career interests of our students. Faculty require funding for their innovative and competitive teaching strategies, research and publications. Professional development and endowed professorships and chairs will attract and retain top-quality instructors. Supporting these high-energy educators will provide students with more resources for their own academic success.

Goal: $2 million

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SIMS Lab

Tim Davis in the SIMS lab with a student and children

Tim Davis works with students in the lab.

For decades, SUNY Cortland has been committed to providing physical education teachers with the skills to reach students of all abilities.

Associate Professor Tim Davis and alumnus Scott Williams ’82 are making sure that dedication continues for many years to come.

Davis is the director of the Sensory Integration Motor Sensory (SIMS) Lab located in Park Center. The lab will soon add a multisensory environment (MSE) that provides a stimulating and calming atmosphere for children who deal with sensory issues, including those with autism spectrum disorder. The MSE uses lighting, auditory and visual effects that can be manipulated by the users, allowing them to comfortably enjoy a variety of experiences. 

These types of environment systems are becoming common in public schools around the country and it’s important for today’s students to get hands-on experience and be prepared for the changing field of physical education.

Williams, executive producer of TV’s “NCIS,” has partnered with his alma mater to fund the project for a deeply personal reason. He and his wife, Catherine Curry-Williams, are the founders of Inclusion Matters by Shane’s Inspiration, named after their late son, Shane Alexander Williams. Shane was born with spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic disorder that affects one in 10,000 children and would have prevented him from using traditional methods of recreation.

SUNY Cortland’s SIMS lab expansion will help students prepare for their careers and it also offers local children access to a safe and welcoming play space they may not be able to access otherwise.

Swallowing Lab from Patricia Boscamp-Cluss ’79

A woman placing sensors on another woman's throat

The Communication Disorders and Sciences Department uses equipment to help prepare students for rewarding careers.

SUNY Cortland students are getting practical experience in an emerging medical field of communication sciences and disorders. A master’s program was created in 2014 to help prepare students for jobs in speech and language therapy.

Patricia Boscamp-Cluss ’79 made a gift that enabled the College to acquire technical equipment that allows students to practice with an endoscope on a mannequin before they head out into hospitals and other patient care facilities. The endoscope is fitted with a camera that helps identify various swallowing, speaking and breathing issues faced by patients. 

Its a type of training that’s rare on college campuses. Many students learn the basics of trans-nasal endoscopy instead on perfectly straight pool noodles. The mannequin head allows students to train for challenging procedures without fear of hurting patients.

On top of adding practical skills to their resumes, master’s candidates in the communication sciences and disorders program are making a difference.