University at Albany

Excellence in Teaching (Full Time)

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 2004 for Excellence in Teaching (Full Time).

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An extraordinary award-winning teacher and scholar, Professor David Smith is an associate professor in the School of Business and has been employed at the University since 1989. He was awarded the School of Business Award for Undergraduate Teaching in 1993, and was the recipient of the Dean W. Warren Haynes Memorial Award for Outstanding Graduate Teaching in both 1994 and 2001.

The former chair of the Department of Finance, Smith has earned four professional certifications: Certified Management Accountant, Certified in Financial Management, Certified Cash Manager, and Chartered Financial Analyst.

“If I were starting a new business school, David Smith would be the first faculty member that I would hire,” wrote Interim Dean Paul Leonard. “Professor Smith brings the complete package: excellence in research, service, and teaching … It is in the area of teaching, however, that Professor Smith makes his greatest contributions.”

Smith has a strong research record. He has written 14 journal articles and is a consistent presenter at the annual meetings of the Financial Management Association and the Eastern Finance Association. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Business Research and has been an ad hoc reviewer for The Business Journal, Financial Management, Financial Practice and Education,Financial Review, Financial Services Review, Journal of Business Research, andQuarterly Journal of Business and Economics.

Enthusiastic and known for his attention to detail, Smith regularly receives overall instructor ratings of 4.50 in undergraduate classes and 4.60 in graduate classes. In the past decade, he has organized annual trips to Wall Street, and he has spearheaded the Department of Finance’s effort to update its curriculum. “His efforts in the area of teaching have had an enormous impact on the culture of teaching in the Department of Finance and on the hundreds of students who have taken his classes,” wrote Leonard.

Excellence in Teaching (Full Time)

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