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 2002 for Excellence in Teaching.

Jagdish S. GangollyJagdish S. GangollyAccounting

Known for his ability to “think out of the box,” Professor Jagdish S. Gangolly is an internationally respected accounting academic who specializes in the field of accounting information systems. Currently in his second stint with the University, he was awarded tenure in 1990.

Gangolly first taught at UAlbany from 1979 to 1984. After working as an associate professor of accounting at Claremont McKenna College and the Drucker School of Management, he returned to Albany in 1987.

Gangolly has taught 18 different courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels over the last three years. Every second year, he teaches, without remuneration, a doctoral seminar on Information Organization. Consistently ranked by students from 4.4 to 4.8 on the 5.0 evaluation scale, Gangolly has been praised by his colleagues as a master teacher. “Professor Gangolly has been remarkably effective in discharging a wide range of teaching assignments,” said the chair of the Department of Accounting. “In recent years, however, his work in two areas has been especially praiseworthy. These are his contributions to the development of our department’s graduate offerings in accounting information systems and his tireless service as a dissertation committee chair for doctoral students in the field of information science.”

Gangolly has written eight articles in refereed journals, three book chapters, 11 papers in conference proceedings, and two book reviews. A member of the editorial boards of two journals, he has received two grants from Microsoft Corporation. Credited with single-handedly spearheading the development of this nationally acclaimed graduate program in accounting information systems and obtaining the funds necessary to establish a laboratory to support the program, Gangolly received the Teaching Innovation Award from the Artificial Intelligence/Engineering Tech-nologies Section of the American Accounting Association at its national conference in 1999.

Excellence in Teaching

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