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 PryseSue FaermanPublic Administration and Policy

Since joining the faculty of the Department of Public Administration and Policy in 1989, Dean of Undergraduate Studies Sue R. Faerman has contributed with distinction to four different areas of education in the University — doctoral, master’s, undergraduate, and international programs. She takes on teaching and advising loads well beyond the norm, while remaining active in research and attaining an extraordinary level of service to the University.

Faerman’s main doctoral courses are in Research Methods and Organizational Behavior and Theory. In course evaluations for her doctoral Seminar in Research Methods, she received outstanding grades in “overall effectiveness as an instructor.” Outside the classroom, she has chaired 11 completed doctoral dissertations since 1989–1990. She has been a member of the committees of 26 other completed dissertations across campus during that time.

Professor Faerman played a major role in the curricular innovation of Project Renaissance. In international education, she was among the first UAlbany professors to teach in Ethiopia as part of the SOMTAD program. More recently she has played a lead role in the University’s project in Bulgaria.

Finally her teaching record evolved as she was chairing the Educational Policy Council; serving as chair and chair-elect of the Senate; and chairing the Steering Committee for the Self-Study required by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Universities. Faerman was named a Collins Fellow in 1998.

Excellence in Teaching

Jeanette Altarriba Marjorie Pryse Marjorie Pryse

Sue Faerman
and Policy
Marjorie Pryse

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