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.
Richard H. Hall, Sociology
Professor Richard H. Hall has made his mark at the University not only as an outstanding teacher, but also as the co-founder of UAlbany’s Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Organizational Studies. The 1956 graduate of Ohio State University has been a full professor at Albany since 1977 and has served in numerous administrative roles, such as acting chair (1978-79) and chair (1982-85) of the Department of Sociology; dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (1991-93); director or co-director of the Organizational Studies Ph.D. Program (1989-91, 1994-97); acting vice president for Research and dean of Graduate Studies (1979-80); and coordinator of the joint University at Albany-Nankai University Ph.D. Program in Sociology (1985-91).
An internationally recognized scholar in the field of organizational theory, Hall has written seven books, co-edited one book, and written more than 45 articles and book chapters. His book Organizations, Structures, Processes and Outcomes (Prentice-Hall), now in its eighth edition, is considered a classic in the field. He has also served as editor for three journals: Sociological Forum (1995-2001), The American Sociologist (1991-95), and Sociology of Work and Occupations (1980-86). Hall, now associate editor of Social Science Quarterly and de Gruyter’s Studies in Organizations, has served as associate editor for six other journals.
Known for his writing-intensive courses at the undergraduate level, Hall believes that “students learn by active mental participation in the learning process.” Hall is known for making himself available to students, for being a top-notch adviser, and for carrying a typical advising load of 15 undergraduates and 15 graduate students a year.
“Professor Hall is the kind of professor that every college student deserves,” noted one student. “He is smart, caring, interesting, and a wonderful teacher. He makes his students enjoy the subject matter of his courses, while at the same time making his students work hard and do well.”
Excellence in Teaching