Robert W. Kasling Lecture Award


The annual Kasling Memorial Lecture is named for Robert W. Kasling, professor of geography at State University of New York at Fredonia from 1946 to 1966, who, by his own fine example, fostered in others that unflinching personal integrity and high standard of scholarship for which he is especially remembered. In honor of the contribution which he made to the institution he served so well, the State University of New York at Fredonia each year invites a distinguished member of its faculty, one whose scholarly excellence has enhanced the reputation of the university, to share with the entire Fredonia community an insight into the nature and significance of research or creative activity in his or her field. These lectures, focused on explaining the methods, purposes, and results of a particular area of scholarship, are intended to broaden the understanding of research being undertaken at Fredonia.

Kasling Award is a significant campus honor that has now been a tradition at Fredonia for over thirty years. The winner of the award is invited to present a lecture to a campus audience in October.

This lectureship permits members of the university faculty to present to a general audience aspects of their scholarly and/or creative interests. The lectures, which explain and examine the purposes, methods, and results of a particular area of scholarship or creativity, are intended to broaden the understanding of research being undertaken at Fredonia. The Kasling Award is also accompanied by an increase of $1000 to the recipient's base salary.

All faculty members are eligible to apply. The selection committee's judgment will be based on scholarly and/or creative excellence.


The nomination letters should refer to the criteria used to establish the scholarly and/or creative qualities of the nominees' work. All applications should include the following:

  1. A Curriculum Vitae
  2. A letter of nomination or self-nomination. In either case the letter should include a description of the nominees' accomplishments, the major areas in which they have worked, and what they believe is significant and valuable in their scholarly work.
  3. Documentation of the quality and impact of nominees’ research or creative activities, preferably in the form of a narrative written for reviewers who might be outside their disciplines. Applicants should consider including information on the following, as appropriate. Research: impact or demonstrable quality of journals or presses; impact of nominees’ work itself: number of citations, recent citations, H-index, other measures of impact; reviews of nominees’ work; presentations at national or international conferences; awards and other forms of recognition; grants or fellowships received. Creative activity: quality of venues for nominees’ work; juried or invited exhibitions or performances, especially at the national or international level; one-person exhibitions, compositions, etc.; inclusion of work in permanent collections or the like; grants or fellowships received.
  4. Copies of published reviews of nominees' publications, performances, or creative endeavors. This may not be applicable to all disciplines.
  5. In addition to the letter of nomination, three letters of professional recommendation, at least two of which are outside letters. Letters that include an assessment of the quality of the venues of the nominees’ work are preferred. (Please note: It is not required that the department chair be one of the letter writers. Moreover, no special significance will be placed on letters written by department chairs.)
  6. Two or three examples of scholarly and/or creative work, or one body/series of work, including, preferably, the most outstanding work and most recent work.

Complete applications should be submitted to: Kasling Committee, c/o Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The deadline varies, but it is usually in March every year.

Kasling Memorial Lectures

  • 2018 

Dr. Sherri A. Mason, Department of Geology & Environmental Sciences

  • 2017

Mr. Timothy Frerichs, Department of Visual Arts and New Media

“Sounding Lines”

  • 2016 

Dr. Jonathan Titus, Department of Biology 

“The Forest, not just the Trees”

  • 2015
    Dr. Ziya Arnavut, Department of Computer and Information Sciences 
    "How do you compress data, such as text and images?"

  • 2013
    Dr. William Brown, Department of Biology
    “Extraordinary Insect Behavior”
  • 2012
    Dr. Gary Lash,  Department of Geosciences
    “Boring old shale - how simple questions can take one on a submicroscopic to global tectonic journey”
  • 2011
    Dr. Neil Feit,  Department of Philosophy
    "Consequences of Narrow Mindedness"
  • 2010
    Dr. Harris Kwong, Department of Mathematical Sciences
    "The Magical World of Graph Labeling"
  • 2008
    Dr. Stephen Kershnar, Department of Philosophy
    "Counterintuitive Morality"
  • 2007
    Dr. Gurmukh Singh, Department of Computer and Information Sciences (on Scholarly work done in Physics)
    "The Birth and Death of a Star"
  • 2006
    James Piorkowski, School of Music,
    "Welcome to my Attic"
  • 2005
    Dr. Reneta P. Barneva, Department of Computer and Information Sciences
    "The Beauty of Computer Graphics"
  • 2003
    Drs. Efrain J. Ferrer and Vivian Incera, Department of Physics
    "From Havana to Fredonia: Our Long and Winding Road of Scientific Collaboration"
  • 2001
    Alberto Rey, Department of Visual Arts
    "Portrait of the Artist as a Middle-Aged Man"
  • 2000
    Dr. John J. Stinson, Department of English
    "Modern British Authors: Often Appealing, Sometimes Appalling"
  • 1999
    Dr. Thomas A. Regelski, School of Music
    "On Music and the Good Life"
  • 1998
    Dr. Khalid J. Siddiqui,
    Department of Mathematics and Computer Science (now Department of Computer and Information Sciences) "Knowledge Engineering: Concepts and Practices"
  • 1997
    Dr. George C. Browder, Department of History
    "The Nazis and Me: An Historian and the Problem of Objectivity"
  • 1996
    Robert Jordan, School of Music
    "The Art of the Transcription"
  • 1995
    Dr. Raymond A. Belliotti, Department of Philosophy
    "Good Sex"
  • 1994
    Dr. Randall R. Dipert, Department of Philosophy
    "Reason and Passion: Mischievous Myths Exposed"
  • 1993
    Dr. Jon Kraut, Department of Sociology
    "Aging in the Country: Myths and Realities"
  • 1992
    Dr. Clark M. Zlotchew, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures (now Department of World Languages and Cultures)
    "The Large Grain of Salt: Conversing with the Writers"
  • 1991
    Dr. Morton L. Schagrin, Department of Philosophy
    "The Structure of Scientific Revelations"
  • 1990
    Dr. Elizabeth Scarborough, Department of Psychology
    "Telling Women's Lives: Exclusion, Contributions, Experiences"
  • 1989
    Dr. Kenneth E. Mantai, Department of Biology
    "A Fredonia Odyssey: From Molecular Excited States to Water Plants"
  • 1988
    Dr. Marvin Lunenfeld, Department of History
    "Leonardo and Machiavelli: Stalking an Elusive Collaboration"
  • 1987
    Dr. Jon P. Kraus, Department of Political Science
    "Workers, Capital, and the State: Conflicts in Economic Development and Democracy in Africa"
  • 1986
    Dr. Walter S. Hartley, Department of Music (now School of Music)
    "Composing and Teaching: A Special View"
  • 1985
    Dr. Maureen Fries, Department of English
    "Female Heroes, Heroines, and Counter-Heroes: Images of Women in Arthurian Tradition"
  • 1983
    Dr. W. Dirk Raat, Department of History
    "Mexican Maize: An Historical Labyrinth"
  • 1982
    Dr. Richard M. Weist, Department of Psychology
    "Children's Time Talk: Temporal Systems in Child Language"
  • 1981
    Dr. William Graebner, Department of History
    "A History of Retirement: The View from Middle Age"
  • 1980 Fall
    Dr. Lee Braude, Department of Sociology
    "Image of the City: Substance in Style"
  • 1980 Spring
    Dr. Robert C. Schweik, Department of English
    "The Poet and the Sniperscope"
  • 1978
    Dr. William T. Hagan, Department of History
    "Writing Indian History"
  • 1977
    Dr. Allen H. Benton, Department of Biology
    "The Happy Bounding Flea"
  • 1976
    Dr. Alexander Chabe, Department of Education (now School of Education)
    "Cross-Cultural Research and Writing: Case Studies of Society and Education in England, France and the U.S.S.R."
  • 1975
    Dr. Daniel Reiff, Department of Art (now Department of Visual Arts and New Media)
    "A Future for the Past: Historical Preservation"
  • 1974
    Dr. Marvin Kohl, Department of Philosophy
    "The Morality of Killing"
  • 1973
    Dr. William Chazanof, Department of History
    "The Autobiography of a Book"

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Fredonia, NY 14063
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Associate Provost
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Associate Provost

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State University of New York at Fredonia
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