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).

David McDowallDavid McDowallCriminal Justice

David McDowall of the School of Criminal Justice teaches the school's three-course quantitative sequence for Ph.D. students, and ensures UAlbany students leave with the best possible training in statistical methods. McDowall also serves as editor of the Journal of Quantitative Criminology. Dean Julie Horney wrote that students often approach the subject of statistics with some trepidation. "Professor McDowall, however, not only possesses a rare quantitative sophistication, but he puts tremendous effort into making his courses accessible to students," she noted.

He previously received an outstanding teacher award from the school's Graduate Student Association. "The students appreciate the great effort Professor McDowall makes in order to make difficult subjects non-intimidating to students without lowering his expectations or watering down the course content," Horney wrote.

She added, "The contributions David McDowall makes to our school help to keep us in the forefront of the criminal justice field as we produce students who go out to make their own significant contributions to research on crime and justice."

Professor Alan Lizotte teaches the required four-course statistics/research methods sequence with McDowall for the Ph.D. program in criminal justice. Lizotte teaches the design courses, while McDowall teaches statistics. Lizotte noted, "Many people teach Ph.D.-level statistics as a tour de force, dragging students kicking and screaming through the alien material. David does just the opposite. He makes advanced statistics user friendly.

In addition, McDowall is a tireless contributor to comprehensive exam and dissertation committees.

Excellence in Teaching (Full Time)

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