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JCC Professor Earns Distinguished Rank from SUNY

Jefferson Community College is pleased to announce that the State University of New York (SUNY) Board of Trustees approved the appointment of Jefferson faculty member Joel F. LaLone, professor of mathematics, to the rank of Distinguished Service Professorship. LaLone, Watertown, is among 29 faculty and only one of three from two-year colleges appointed to distinguished ranks in 2016. All distinguished faculty in active service within SUNY also become members of the SUNY Distinguished Academy, established in March 2012.

Candidates for Distinguished Service Professorship must have demonstrated substantial distinguished service not only at the campus and the State University, but extending into the community, regional and State levels as well. Service must exceed the work generally considered to be a part of a candidate’s basic professional work and should include service that exceeds that for which professors are normally compensated. It must also extend over multiple years and, very importantly, must involve the application of intellectual skills drawing from the candidate’s scholarly and research interests to issues of public concern. Further, to be eligible for nomination, a faculty member must have attained and held the rank of full professor for five years, completed at least three years of full-time service on the nominating campus, and completed 10 years of full-time service to SUNY.

Joel LaLone joined the faculty of Jefferson Community College in 1985 as an instructor of mathematics and since then, Professor LaLone’s 31-year career at Jefferson has been marked by many milestones.  He has been recognized for mastery in teaching with promotions leading to the rank of full professor in 2002 and his contributions go well beyond the classroom as he serves as an academic advisor, campus leader in course development, and research director for the Center for Community Studies.

LaLone has been deeply involved with the Center for Community Studies since 1999, when he played an integral role in the Center’s formation.  He has served as the Center’s research coordinator and now as research director. LaLone has been part of 150 research studies with a diverse range of community research objectives including community needs assessment, economic development planning, healthcare and human services programs, tobacco use, gambling behaviors and higher education needs assessment, to name just a few. In addition, the Center conducts annual quality of life surveys for Jefferson County, Lewis County and as of this past year, St. Lawrence County.  LaLone is a pioneer in applied learning at Jefferson by engaging students in nearly every stage of the research process, from design to data collection, to analysis. The benefit of the research conducted by LaLone and the Center is far reaching in its impact ranging from small communities to the state of New York

Professor LaLone has served on nearly every standing committee and been involved in virtually all aspects of campus life and governance at Jefferson. He has served on the Campus Life Committee, Human Subject Review Committee, chaired the Academic Affairs Committee, and participated in numerous five year program reviews, task forces, search committees and the President's Advisory Council. He served on workgroup committees during three successful Middle States accreditation reviews and regularly contributes to strategic planning for the College. 

“I could not be more thrilled to see Professor LaLone awarded this great honor,” said Carole A. McCoy, president of Jefferson Community College. “Joel’s passion for research, teaching and student success is simply exemplary. His enthusiasm has kept students engaged in valuable applied learning experiences and his research has provided leaders across the state with the ability to make informed, data-based decisions that transform communities.” 

“The SUNY distinguished faculty are truly the best of the best,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “Through innovative instruction, unique research opportunities, and engaging applied learning opportunities, they deliver a top quality higher education for our students that is second to none. Many thanks and congratulations to this most recent class of distinguished faculty.”

Outside of Jefferson, Joel LaLone has supplemented the energies of several community groups, lending his knowledge to assist their research efforts.  He has also served on the Boards for the North Country Prenatal/Perinatal Council, Sci-Tech Center and the Holy Family School.   LaLone’s own passion for learning remains strong – he spent a sabbatical working for John Zogby’s polling agency and another for the national marketing research firm KS&R. He regularly presents to his peers at four-year institutions and also has authored a statistics textbook, An Introduction to Probability and Inferential Statistics.

Professor LaLone received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1991 and the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creativity in 2010.  He holds a bachelor’s from SUNY Potsdam in mathematics and a master’s from Syracuse University in mathematics education.















Pictured above is College president Carole A. McCoy (right), Joel F. LaLone (middle) and his wife Laurie A. LaLone (left).