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Baruch College Honors Four Faculty With Presidential Excellence Awards

Faculty Members: Nancy Aries, Charlotte Brooks, Peter Gregory and Gilad Harel Recognized for Their Work

NEW YORK, NY- April 23, 2014 – Baruch College faculty members Nancy Aries, Charlotte Brooks, Peter Gregory and Gilad Harel are being recognized with 2014 Presidential Excellence Awards for their dedication and hard work.

Established and maintained by grants from the Baruch College Fund, the Presidential Excellence Awards are given to faculty members to stimulate and reward outstanding achievement and to enhance the College as a center of excellence. The awards will be officially presented during the Forty-Ninth Commencement on May 27. Each recipient receives an honorarium and a certificate, and the names of all recipients are inscribed on a plaque, which is prominently displayed. Nominations were accepted from departmental executive committees, deans, chairpersons, colleagues, and students. Nominations by alumni and self-nominations were also accepted and reviewed by a committee.


Distinguished Service Award

NancyAriesNancy Aries, PhD., Professor of Public Affairs and Director of The Baruch College Honors Program will receive the Distinguished Service Award. First awarded in 1993, this award recognizes full-time faculty whose service distinct from teaching and scholarship is improving the quality of the Baruch community through leadership in developing new directions for College activity, in developing resources for the College, and/or in connecting the College to relevant external communities. Professor Aries’ research interests include the competing nature of workforce and patient diversity on the provision of hospital based services, medical professionalism, the economic impact of biomedical research and reproductive health policy with a focus on abortion and teenage pregnancy. She has written journal articles and books including the textbook Policy and Politics for Nurses and Other Healthcare Professionals. Professor Aries earned her A.B. at the University of Michigan with a concentration in Urban Studies and Ph.D. in Social Policy at the Florence Heller School at Brandeis University.

Comments from the selection committee: “Over more than three decades, Nancy Aries has served Baruch in many capacities: as Director of the Health Care MBA, as SPA’s Executive Director of Academic Programs, as chair or participant on innumerable search, standing and other committees, and now as Director of the Honors Program. Professor Aries richly deserves the President’s Award for Distinguished Service."

"Several things stand out in all of these roles: her deep concern for staff, students and colleagues, her meticulous attention to detail, and her outstanding ability to foster community. She understands that processes are meant to serve people and has been resolute in her focus on steadily improving those portions of the student experience that fall within her purview.


Distinguished Scholarship Award

Charlotte BrooksCharlotte Brooks, PhD., Associate Professor of History will receive The Distinguished Scholarship Award. First awarded in1978, this award focuses on a professor’s written scholarship, creative work and long-term career achievements. Professor Brooks has written a variety of articles and books including, Alien Neighbors, Foreign Friends: Asian Americans, Housing, and the Transformation of Urban California (University of Chicago Press, 2009), which received an honorable mention for the Organization of American Historians Frederick Jackson Turner Award. A native of California, Professor Brooks earned her B.A. in Chinese history from Yale University and worked in China and Hong Kong after college. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in U.S. history from Northwestern University and taught at the University at Albany, SUNY, before coming to Baruch College.

Comments from the selection committee: “While maintaining an outstanding teaching record and a superlative service contribution to Baruch, Charlotte Brooks has managed to publish an impressive amount of high-caliber research. She has become a leading historian of Asian-American History, and will surely continue to produce major books and articles in this field. She has published, Alien Neighbors, Foreign Friends: Asian Americans, Housing, and the Transformation of Urban California (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009) that received Honorable Mention for the 2010 Frederick Jackson Turner Award. Professor Brooks has completed her second historical monograph entitled, Between Mao and McCarthy: Chinese American Politics in the Cold War Years, which is due to be published by the University of Chicago Press this year (by November 2014), and she is now researching her third book titled, The Back to China Movement:  Education, Nationalism, and the Chinese American Second Generation in China and the United States, 1911-1949."

"Her work is timely, relevant, and important to Baruch, which is home to many Asian-American immigrants.  Her work helps to clarify the ways that the urban environment has structured discrimination against these immigrants as well as how Asian-Americans have defined their own political identities in the face of this often hostile climate.

The Distinguished Teaching Awards for Full-time Faculty and Adjunct Faculty will be presented to Peter Gregory, Professor of Mathematics and Gilad Harel, Adjunct Professor of Music, respectively. The Distinguished Teaching Award (full-time faculty; first awarded in 1979) and The Distinguished Teaching Award (adjunct faculty; first awarded in 2000) recognize full-time faculty and adjunct faculty whose outstanding pedagogical ability, commitment to teaching, and achievements in teaching are making a positive impact on the quality of instruction and student life at the College.


Distinguished Teaching Award (Full-time Faculty)

Peter GregoryPeter Gregory, PhD., Assistant Professor of Mathematics, earned a PhD in Mathematics from the CUNY Graduate Center, MA in Teaching from Union College and a BS in Mathematics from Union College. He is a member of the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America. Professor Gregory has written articles for the Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching/Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education and has presented at various national conferences. He is currently working on a variety of research including, “Divisible Groups in the K-theory Completion of Some Exceptional Lie Groups,” and “Using Facebook in a Hybrid Undergraduate Precalculus Course.” In addition to teaching at Baruch, Professor Gregory has also taught at Iona College, Mount Saint Mary College and Lehman College. In 2011, Professor Gregory received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mathematics Instruction.

Comments from the selection committee: “Professor Gregory approaches teaching of mathematics quite uniquely utilizing his personal philosophy of making students comfortable in the potentially intimidating world of mathematics. The extensive use of instructional technology of tablet PC, problem set videos, and even Facebook Groups for math instruction is exemplary."

"He creates a classroom environment that values participation, appreciates a sense of humor, and respects the efforts and concerns of each member of the class."

Distinguished Teaching Award (Part-time Faculty)

GiladHarelGilad Harel, PhD., Adjunct Professor of Music, is a musicologist whose primary research focuses on the choral music of J.S. Bach. In addition to baroque vocal music, his musical interests include styles ranging from jazz to Israeli popular music, as well as opera, renaissance music, and Scandinavian metal genres . In addition to serving on the faculty at Baruch College in New York City, Professor Harel has lectured at Brandeis University and previously taught at the Allegro Music School in Natick, Massachusetts. Outside of the college classroom, he has been committed to adult and continuing education and has given talks at various establishments, including the Hebrew Home at Riverdale and the FiveStar Premier Residence of Yonkers. He is an experienced jazz pianist and tenor vocalist who has performed with various groups in the New York/New England area. Professor Harel earned a PhD and MA in Musicology and a B.A. in Music, all from Brandeis University.

Comments from the selection committee: “Professor Harel has been consistently regarded as one of the most interesting and inspiring teachers in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. He is well known as a music teacher who experiments with various pedagogical approaches – the Socratic method, game-playing, and the use of various media. In so doing he created a comfortable, engaging, energetic learning environment for his students. Evaluations of both students and colleagues are equally impressive." One of his peer observers noted:

Professor Harel taught a class that is among the best I have ever observed, and I congratulate him on running such a tight – if also engaging and endlessly fascinating – ship.



About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world.  For more about Baruch College, go to


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