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. Three faculty members received this tribute in 2000 for Excellence in Teaching.

Marjorie PryseMarjorie PryseWomen's Studies

Marjorie Pryse joined the Department of Women’s Studies in 1995. Since then, she has made outstanding contributions as a teacher in both English and women’s studies. She has taught nine different courses over the period covering the nomination, from introductory undergraduate courses to advanced graduate research seminars.

Pryse’s innovative teaching style provides a careful blend of a supportive learning environment and rigorous intellectual challenge. She is known for being a demanding instructor who sets extremely high standards for herself and her students. She spends enormous amounts of time through her work with the course materials and study guides to help her students achieve improved critical thinking skills, content mastery and writing skills.

Known for being generous with her availability to students outside of class, Pryse’s guidance on dissertation committees is frequently sought by students. She combines her commitment to course content with dedication to students, using skills she learned as a social worker in the 1980s.

An excellent, active scholar, Pryse has powerfully affected curricular inclusion, diversity and multiculturalism through the publication of two book-length monographs, Teaching with the North Anthology of American Literature and A Course Guide to Accompany the Norton Anthology of American Literature, Third Edition. Both works have made important contributions to the manner in which literature is now taught nationally.

Excellence in Teaching

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