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).

Lee FranklinLee FranklinPhilosophy

Lee Franklin was hired by the Department of Philosophy in 2000. Students and colleagues alike attest to his ability to foster student interest in difficult topics. Franklin has taught Introduction to Philosophical Topics and Ancient Philosophy, and goes out of his way to kindle student interest whether he is teaching a large lecture or addressing a small group.

"As a specialist in ancient philosophy, Lee faces the standard challenge of making clear the relevance of, say, Aristotle, to a 21st-century undergraduate without losing track of the historical context of the work. When I observed his undergraduate course, I watched him do this with grace, subtlety, and humor," wrote colleague Ron McClamrock.

Franklin willingly takes on a large lecture class almost every semester, which makes his high student evaluation scores even more striking, and seeks new ways to improve his already outstanding teaching skills.

One student noted that Franklin established a "conversation-like atmosphere" with the class by encouraging questions and responding to them. The student wrote, "By establishing a rapport with the class, he, like Socrates and Plato, was able to advance the learning process through a series of questions and answers."

Excellence in Teaching (Full Time)

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