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Excellence Awards

Excellence in Teaching by Teaching Assistants and Part-Time and Non-Tenure Track Faculty 2005

These awards are given in recognition of outstanding contributions to undergraduate education.

Christine E. JumpeterChristine E. Jumpeter
Teaching Assistant Christine E. Jumpeter is a doctoral candidate in industrial and organizational psychology. Since January 2003, she has been an instructor in the Department of Psychology, where she is consistently top rated. Last spring, she won the award for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Student from Psi Chi, the undergraduate honor society in psychology, demonstrating the respect she has earned from undergraduate majors.

An outstanding and passionate teacher, in Fall 2004 she was asked to teach Statistical Methods in Psychology, a "gateway course" required for majors. Students find her classes challenging and rigorous, yet enjoyable. She is dedicated to her students, and regularly extends her office hours to meet with them.

As one student noted, "This is by far the best class I have taken in all my years at the University. It was very informative and information was presented in a very clear and understandable manner. I also felt that Christine was not only very knowledgeable of the subject but that she truly cares about her students."

Paul V. Morgan, Jr.Paul V. Morgan, Jr.
Paul V. Morgan, Jr., has taught a variety of business law courses as an adjunct professor and guest lecturer in the School of Business since 1998, incorporating his "real-world" experience as an attorney and as the chief clerk of the Rensselaer County Surrogate's Court. Morgan says his goal is to present the law to students simply and directly in a challenging, yet non-threatening, environment, and to emphasize how the law affects our daily lives.

Morgan, whose undergraduate courses usually number more than 200 students per class, believes that being an instructor involves more than just teaching students and giving exams. "We are role models," he says. "I try my best to mentor my students on the importance of respecting law and order and, no matter what the circumstances, acting in a mature, dignified manner."

Morgan continues to mentor former students long after they have left the University. He says they often tell him what a difference his class has made to them. Many have gone on to become attorneys and practice law in his own court, and others say he is the reason they decided to go to law school.

Mary Arensberg ValentisMary Arensberg Valentis
Mary Arensberg Valentis of the English department is consistently praised for her accessibility to students. Students have only high praise for Valentis's classes and seek her out for undergraduate courses, independent study, a master's exam or dissertation committee. As Kathleen Thornton, lecturer and director of English Undergraduate Advisement, noted: "She represents what is best about our profession: the ability to inspire students."

Valentis joined UAlbany as a part-time instructor in 1977, earned her Ph.D. here in 1979, and became a full-time lecturer in 1985. She is director of the Center for Humanities, Arts, and TechnoSciences (CHATS), and was co-founder and, from 1999-2003, co-director, of

HumaniTech, an interdisciplinary initiative. Most recently, she collaborated with the University Libraries this spring on a series of events focusing on the novel Frankenstein.

She is the author of many books, including Romantic Intelligence, (2003, New Harbinger); Brave New You (2001, New Harbinger); and Female Rage (with Ann Devane) (1994, Carol Southern books).