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.

John W. DelanoJohn W. DelanoGeological Sciences

As a teacher, John W. Delano, associate professor of geological sciences, has a style that comprises enthusiasm, tireless effort, and dedication. A member of the faculty since 1982, his standards for his students are high and unwavering. They are also lively and attractive to students. Delano designs curricula that encourage questions during his lectures and offers frequent demonstrations to emphasize important points. In large classes he has found effective ways to use forums to promote discussion and debate, as well as careful analysis of scientific data. His students remark that Delano creates a contagious excitement for learning, allowing them to think for themselves and to feel respect reciprocated between teacher and student. A highly regarded scholar in the field of geochemistry, he has published seven papers in the last three years and had research funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. His frequent lectures to off-campus audiences on the commitment to science education has established Delano as an ambassador for the University.

Excellence in Teaching

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

Women's Studies
Louisa Slowiaczek

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