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.
Marilyn A. Masson, Anthropology
Professor Marilyn A. Masson’s impressive research ventures in the field of anthropology are matched by her passionate teaching in the classroom. She joined the University at Albany as an associate professor of anthropology in 1996 and has already taught 13 different courses with a wide range of class size. She has regularly taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
“I found Dr. Masson to be a highly effective teacher who is very clear about course expectations,” said a Department of Anthropology professor who observed one of her classes. “She has developed a variety of skills and techniques for motivating her students. Course activities include student presentations, student discussion groups, and student panels, all of which put the focus on the student as the active agent in the learning process.”
Over the past three years, Masson has received three grants, including a prestigious National Science Foundation grant to study the Economic Foundations of Mayapan ($260,525), and two grants from the Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies, one to support the work on the Mayapan ($14,100) and a second to support her work in Belize. She was also awarded development funds within the University to prepare for the submission of the Mayapan grant, as well as smaller Faculty Research Awards Program grants.
Masson has written one book and co-edited two others, and has another book in preparation. She has co-edited five published reports and written 15 peer-reviewed articles, 18 book chapters and three book reviews. “Dr. Masson is known by the students, both undergraduate and graduate, to be an approachable, helpful and engaging professor,” offered one student. “She is well-respected and has the reputation for being dynamic in the classroom, both in terms of the way she presents the material and how she encourages students to get to know the material on a more intellectual level.”
Excellence in Teaching