University at Albany

Excellence in Academic Service

Each year, the University at Albany honors special members of its community with Excellence Awards denoting exceptional contributions to the life of the campus. Two faculty members received this tribute in 2000 for Excellence in Academic Service.

Louis W. RobertsLouis W. RobertsClassics

For more than a decade, Louis W. Roberts has exemplified service to the Department of Classics and to the University. In return for his efforts on behalf of his students, his colleagues, and the institution, he has been named a recipient of the Excellence in Academic Service Award for the year 2000.

Roberts came to Albany in 1989 to serve as professor of classics and director of the Center for Arts and Humanities. During his six years in the latter post, he organized intellectual events designed to bring University faculty together and afford them the opportunity to converse about those disciplines. Simultaneously, he volunteered to teach courses in religious studies, as well as in the humanistic studies doctor of arts program. Roberts maintains a demanding classroom schedule to this day, often teaching three or four courses — most of which enroll more than 150 students — per semester.

Aside from his teaching responsibilities, Roberts has undertaken a number of administrative assignments over the years. Between 1992 and 1998, he successively chaired the departments of Germanic Languages and Literatures, Classics, and English, reverting to the chairmanship of the classics department in 1998. In 1999, he served as interim director of the Humanistic Studies Program. Roberts, who is currently serving as chair of the University Senate, has also chaired a number of University and college committees during his years at Albany.

Excellence in Academic Service

Timothy Lance Louis W. Roberts
Timothy Lance
and Statistics
Louis W.


Students participate in more than 200 student clubs and honor societies, and enjoy a busy calendar of campus events.