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. Three faculty members received this tribute in 1997 for Excellence in Teaching.
Edelgard Wulfert, Psychology
Edelgard Wulfert has been a member of the Department of Psychology faculty since 1988. Between 1988 and 1996, she has taught a total of 27 undergraduate and graduate courses, supervised 87 undergraduates in independent study, been the doctoral advisor for four students, and served on 12 dissertation and Master's-level committees.
At the undergraduate level, her principal course has been 'Abnormal Psychology.' At the graduate level she has taught introductory and advanced courses in psychological assessment, clinical interventions, and professional issues. She also teaches two advanced seminars, one in addictive behaviors and the other in conceptual issues in psychology.
In the classroom, Wulfert demands an atmosphere of mutual respect among all students and the instructor. She believes in a learning environment that encourages students' active participation and critical evaluation of information. Recently she has experimented with a peer-mentoring system in her large PSY 338 course to increase the achievement of all students. She has also been extremely accessible to students on an individual level and is renowned as an exceptional mentor, being awarded the Faculty Excellence Award for Research Advisement by the National Psychology Honors Society in 1996.
Her own preparation for lessons further enhances opportunities for student interest and involvement. And her students are convinced of her passion for and love of subject.
Wulfert is a productive scholar who maintains an active research program that informs her exceptional teaching and advisement achievements. She has published and lectured extensively in the field of behavior analysis, with particular research interests in substance abuse and sexual risk behaviors. Between 1993 and 1996, she has authored or co-authored five chapters in edited books and ten articles in refereed journals, and she has made 16 presentations at professional conferences. In 1993, she was elected to the research society Sigma Xi and received Albany's Dresher Award.
As well as participating in Master's and doctoral committees in her home department, Wulfert has been a member of similar graduate committees in the School of Education's Department of Educational Psychology and the Department of Counseling Psychology.
Excellence in Teaching