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

Each year, the University at Albany honors special members of its community with Excellence Awards denoting exceptional contributions to the life of the campus. Three faculty members received this tribute in 2005 for Excellence in Teaching by Teaching Assistants and Part-Time and Non-Tenure Track Faculty.



Paul V. Morgan, Jr.Paul V. Morgan, Jr.School of Business

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.



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

Christine E. Jumpeter Paul V. Morgan, Jr. Mary Arensberg Valentis
Christine E.
Jumpeter

Psychology
Paul V.
Morgan, Jr.

Business
Mary Arensberg
Valentis

English
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