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).

David G. WagnerDavid G. WagnerSociology

A strong researcher with extensive service commitments throughout the University, Professor David G. Wagner is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology. A member of the department since 1985, Wagner consistently receives high instructor ratings from 4.20 to 5.0. “Students learn best when they are challenged,” he wrote. “I therefore set high expectations for their performance.”

Wagner believes students should “learn how to learn.” Former students agree with his style. “He has consistently held me to the highest standards of academic research and integrity, while simultaneously challenging me to expand my intellectual capacity, to think creatively ‘outside the box,’ and to ‘push the envelope,’ ” wrote one student. “He has afforded me the intellectual freedom to find my own niche within academia.”

In addition to his dedication to his students, Wagner is thoroughly involved with service to the University and to his own profession. He is chair of the Special Committee on Institutional Review Board Integration, Council on Research. He is a member of the University Senate and is serving on the University Senate Executive Committee. He spent nearly two years on the College of Arts and Sciences Academic Support Committee, including one year as chair, and has been president of the New York State Sociological Association. Wagner has served on the editorial board of three publications, and as a reviewer for 11 publications.

Currently the recipient of a grant from the University’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Wagner has written one book, been co-author of one more and has written 24 articles in refereed journals such as the American Journal of Sociology and American Sociological Review. An avid participant in sociological conferences, Wagner has been awarded two separate SUNY Faculty Research Awards, as well as an American Sociological Association Problems of the Discipline grant.

Excellence in Teaching (Full Time)

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