University at Albany

Excellence in Teaching

Each year, the University at Albany honors special members of its community with Excellence Awards denoting exceptional contributions to the life of the campus. Four faculty members received this tribute in 1996 for Excellence in Teaching.

Helmut V. B. HirschHelmut V. B. HirschBiological Sciences

Helmut V.B. Hirsch, professor of biological sciences, has been at the University for 24 years, and during his tenure has demonstrated the highest degree of commitment to teaching at all levels. He elicits excitement and understanding from his students, even as they deal with complex and challenging material. The key to his enthusiastic approach to teaching is the intellectual excitement he himself associates with scientific inquiry and discovery. Hirsch's teaching style encompasses high standards, student participation and the use of "untested" laboratory exercises that enable students to develop new insights and formulate new questions for subsequent classroom discussion. He has also contributed to a number of important University teaching initiatives, among them an interdisciplinary team-taught course designed to satisfy the campus's Human Diversity requirement, and, as primary architect and still co-director, the Human Biology Program, an undergraduate major sponsored jointly by the departments of biology and anthropology. He also continues his own original research, for which has received many external grants.

Excellence in Teaching

John W. Delano Helmut V. B. Hirsch Linda Pershing Louisa Slowiaczek
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Geological Sciences
Helmut V. B. Hirsch
Biological Sciences

Women's Studies
Louisa Slowiaczek

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