Binghamton University professors promoted to 'distinguished' rank


 Three Binghamton University faculty members have been promoted to distinguished professorship, a tenured University ranking that is conferred for consistently extraordinary accomplishment.

Beverly Rainforth, professor of special education, was named a distinguished teaching professor. John William Chaffee, professor of history, and Raymond G. Romanczyk, professor of clinical psychology, were named distinguished service professors. They join nearly 50 other Binghamton colleagues who have received this distinction.

Rainforth, a nationally recognized expert on educating students with severe disabilities, is also a leader in the field of educational teams, which builds on the concept of professional workplace collaboration. She received both the University and the Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching in 2005-06.

Chaffee, chair of the new Department of Asian and Asian American Studies, is also director of the Institute for Asia and Asian Diasporas. He was also chair of the History Department for seven years and was president of the New York Conference on Asian Studies.

Romanczyk is founder and director of Binghamton University's nationally known Institute for Child Development (ICD), which provides clinical and educational services to children with autism spectrum disorders and their families. The ICD also offers resources to children with learning disabilities. He is also chair of the University’s Human Subjects Research Review Committee, served two terms as chair of the Psychology Department and was director of clinical training in the clinical psychology program.

The State University of New York Board of Trustees recognizes a limited number of distinguished professor appointments annually. Recipients are nominated for this honor by their campus presidents for having achieved national or international prominence and an established reputation in their field of expertise.

Last Updated: 9/17/13