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.

Linda PershingLinda PershingWomen's Studies

Linda Pershing, a folklorist, anthropologist, American social historian and feminist theorist, brings expertise in all these areas to her classroom which lends to her teaching in the areas of human biological and cultural diversity in American society. An assistant professor in the Department of Women's Studies, Pershing elicits student-directed discussions, mandates use of the Internet and participation in electronic mail, and requires sharing and mutual commentary on written work, as part of a teaching style that is informal and loyal, but also demanding and creative. An active member of the General Education Committee, in May 1995 she was honored with the Outstanding Contribution Award in the College of Arts and Sciences for her work on behalf of undergraduate students. Her scholarly and pedagogical concerns focus sharply on the power of American popular culture as a documentary source for contemporary U.S. society. The author of two books, she won the prestigious Elli Kongas-Maranda Prize for the Best Publication in Women's Studies in 1994.

Excellence in Teaching

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

Helmut V. B. Hirsch

Louisa Slowiaczek

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