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 1998 for Excellence in Teaching.

Lee S. BickmoreLee S. BickmoreAnthropology

Lee S. Bickmore, associate professor in the Department of Anthropology, has been at the University since September 1990. Despite teaching courses that are highly technical and demanding in nature, he is an extremely popular as well as respected teacher. Bickmore has achieved this reputation by demonstrating the rare ability of bringing his research into his classroom while inspiring students in their own research efforts.

Many students have successfully used their term papers in his classes as a sample piece of research when applying to graduate schools. The work of one of his students has led to a paper in a refereed journal. Several others have won undergraduate research awards. Yet his teaching standards have not been confined to the graduate level. His command of material and ability to convey difficult technical concepts in a manner easily understood has been applied to general education courses, advances courses, and a capstone course in the undergraduate program as well. For two years of his own volition he taught an overload of courses.

A four-year member of the Department of Linguistic & Cognitive Science before joining the anthropology department, Bickmore has made contributions to the University that extend beyond teaching excellence. He has served as the sole advisor for undergraduates in the Linguistics and Cognitive Science program since 1990, as well as being an active participant on many departmental committees, including the undergraduate curriculum committee, undergraduate affairs committee, and the graduate affairs committee. He has also served extensively at the college and university committee levels.

Bickford is active in research as well, with a number of published works in prestigious journals and books, and he has also published papers on the proceedings of leading conferences in his research area. He was one of the first scholars to apply ideas from the theory of optimality to problems in tonality. All this has only enhanced what he brings to the classroom.

Excellence in Teaching

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