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 2005 for Excellence in Teaching (Full Time).

Christopher J. SmithChristopher J. SmithGeography and Planning

Christopher J. Smith of the Department of Geography and Planning is a Fulbright Scholar this academic year in the Hong Kong America Center at Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is pursuing his principal teaching interests, which are China, world urbanism, urban social geography, and advanced urban geography.

With the exception of several short breaks, Smith has been with the department since 1980. A previous chair described him as a "departmental treasure." He is a distinguished and internationally recognized scholar for whom excellence in research and teaching are inextricably linked.

His world-ranging interests are informed by travel, which has included research, field experiences, and college teaching in China (at Xibei Daxue and at Hong Kong Baptist University), New Zealand, Scotland, and in the University of Pittsburgh's Semester at Sea program.

"Above all, Professor Smith speaks with a real authority, an authority that students immediately recognize and respect," noted colleagues Youqin Huang and John Pipkin.

A former student of Smith's wrote: "There was a time when I thought all geographers wore 'pith' helmets, sat on a mountaintop, and scanned the horizon with binoculars wrapped around their necks. However, Dr. Smith, with great patience, was able to demonstrate the broad influence that geography has on all the human sciences."

Excellence in Teaching (Full Time)

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