Title: Musicologist (Retired), Emeritus Professor
Company: State University of New York at Oswego
Location: Oswego, New York, United States
Marilynn J. Smiley, PhD, Emeritus Professor of the State University of New York at Oswego, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Musicology.
Dr. Smiley retired in 2014 after 40 years with the title of distinguished teaching professor at SUNY Oswego, the culmination of 60 years of musical education. She continues to be a part of the Oswego musical community as president of the board of directors of the Oswego Opera Theatre, and holds a seat on the boards of the Oswego Orchestra Society and the Penfield Library Associates. Dr. Smiley has been a prolific educator and civic contributor, notably assuming many positions with the New York and Oswego members of the American Association of University Women.
Born to Orla Raymond and Mary Jane Smiley in Columbia City, Indiana, Dr. Smiley was a state scholar of Ball State University, and entered teaching as a public school music teacher in Logansport, Indiana. She further matriculated toward a MusM from Northwestern University, and in 1959 was certified by the Ecoles d’Art Americaines in Fontainebleau, France. In 1961, she joined the faculty music department of SUNY Oswego while continuing to study as a graduate scholar and Delta Kappa Gamma scholar of the University of Illinois. In 1970, Dr. Smiley earned a PhD, and four years later was named distinguished teaching professor, followed by the role of chairman of her department.
Dr. Smiley has been recognized for her remarkable career with a 1973 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and has further been honored as a 1990 to 1991 National Endowment of the Humanities Grantee and a SUNY Research Foundation Fellow in 1971, 1972, and 1974. She is a member of the honor societies Phi Kappa Phi, Kappa Delta Pi, Sigma Tau Delta, Sigma Alpha Iota, Pi Kappa Lambda, Delta Phi Alpha, Phi Delta Kappa, and Delta Kappa Gamma, where she held music chair in the state of Indiana and the state of New York. In her vast collection of society memberships, Dr. Smiley is notable for her participation in local Oswego historical groups, as well as the Society of American Music and the American Musicology Society.
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