Two SUNY Fredonia adjunct faculty members receive new Chancellor’s Awards

Amber Rinehart, of the SUNY Fredonia Communication Department, and Maureen Yuen, of the School of Music, are among 43 adjunct instructors from 23 campuses who recently received Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching. This new honor recognizes superior adjunct teaching at the undergraduate, graduate or professional level.

“Adjunct teachers are a key component of the SUNY faculty, providing top-quality instruction and making an important contribution to academic success and degree completion among students,” Zimpher said. “These awardees are truly the best of the best, having demonstrated extraordinary dedication to their students and an exceptional commitment to teaching excellence.”

Amber Rinehart joined SUNY in 2006. Valedictorian of the Forestville Central School class of 2001, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communication, summa cum laude, from SUNY Fredonia. She earned a master’s degree in fine arts in motion picture and television production from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco in 2011.

She teaches Video Field Production, Mass Media & Society, Rhetoric of Vision Sound, Fundamentals of Communication, Media Law & Ethics and Desktop Video at SUNY Fredonia.

“She combines current technical aspects with issues of the day to keep students’ attention and enhance their learning. As a result, she is one of the most popular faculty members in the department. Her students not only like her, but they also respect and admire her,” wrote one of her colleagues in a supporting letter.

Maureen Yuen is a violinist with a Master of Music Degree from the University of British Columbia who came to SUNY Fredonia in 2004. She has been involved in numerous School of Music projects, including the complete Bach Brandenburg Concerti and Vivaldi/Piazzolla Seasons concert with her colleagues. She co-founded the annual composition competition at SUNY Fredonia in 2011 with Dr. Robert Deemer.

She is a string adjudicator with Kiwanis Music Festivals in Canada and a member of the College of Examiners of the Royal Conservatory Music. Yuen has adjudicated string students at all levels across North America, as well as given presentations at the Eastman School of Music and other institutions.

Yuen gives solo and chamber music recitals and master classes throughout North America and performs as a soloist and chamber musician in the United States, Canada, Norway, and Italy.

In support of Yuen’s recognition, a former student wrote, “Music learning and instruction does not take place only in studio lessons, but during musical performances as well. As a performer myself, I have learned (and will continue to learn) that every performance becomes a learning experience through the music and its execution. Professor Yuen’s mastery of violin and viola pedagogy is well complemented by her inspiring facility in violin performance.”