Imre Tamas was born in Hungary and graduated from the School of Plant Sciences in Budapest. He immigrated to the United States during the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, earning his master’s degree from Cornell and doctorate from Case Western Reserve.

In 1969 he joined the faculty of the Department of Biology, where he was recognized for his talent as a teacher and research mentor as well as for his contributions to the scholarship of plant growth and development. In 1996 he was named a Charles A. Dana Professor at the college, and following his retirement in 2002 he was named Dana Professor Emeritus of Biology.

Imre Tamas passed away in 2013.

Interview Questions

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01. Interview information.

Imre Tamas, Ithaca College

02. Could you please state your name and date of birth for the record? How long have you been in Ithaca? What was your own college experience like? When were you appointed to your post at Ithaca College?

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03. The student-teacher dynamic is constantly evolving. How would you describe your relationship with the students?

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04. What was the biology department like when you first came to the college, in terms of size, diversity, programs offered? Do you think you had to ever compromise or sacrifice time between balancing research, teaching, and family time?

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05. What were some of your main modes of teaching? Do you think it changed over time?

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06. Did changing technology have an impact on your teaching methods?

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07. Ithaca College witnessed a tremendous growth in terms of campus-size and the student body. Do you think that had an effect on instruction in any way?

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08. Did the student unrest of the ‘70s affect the faculty in any way?

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09. What is your perception of the different administrations under which you served the College?

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10. How would you compare the students of the ‘90s with those of those of the ‘70s? Do you think student response and involvement changed over time?

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11. What was the process to secure tenure?

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12. What are some of the major changes you saw in the School of Humanities and Sciences during your years here?

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13. In what ways has our relationship with Cornell University changed over time?

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14. Were you a part of the movement to unionize the faculty?

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15. Describe campus and student life as you saw it in the 1970s and ‘80s.

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16. All of the courses that you taught, which ones were more popular than the others?

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17. Outside of academic activities, were you involved in other on-campus organizations or committees of any sort?

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18. Ithaca College is well-known for its recycling program. Did you play a role in that?

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19. If you were writing the history of the College what would you include from your years here? Any major memories or events that stand out in your mind?

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20. How have you maintained your connection to Ithaca College since your retirement?

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21. Is there anything else you’d like to add or comment on the previous questions?

Imre Tamas, Ithaca College