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).

Rabi MusahRabi MusahChemistry

Rabi Musah of the Department of Chemistry joined the University in 1998. Known as a riveting speaker who is effective at communicating difficult concepts, Musah gives generously of her time in and outside of the classroom. Among the courses she has taught are Organic Chemistry, Experimental Methods of Organic Structure Determination, and Chemistry Biochemistry.

She participates in the Ronald McNair Scholar Program each summer, devoting seven hours a day for seven weeks as the faculty mentor to several undergraduate researchers. She has also served as a guest lecturer in WSS 590, Research Seminar, where she has discussed her work on the chemistry of African traditional medicine and her efforts to fund this research.

One student who has worked for Musah as an undergraduate research assistant noted,"Reflecting back on my first encounters with her, I remember being particularly struck by her approach to chemistry and me – as if it were an art and I was her apprentice – and time was of no consequence. I could sense a genuine love, fascination, and unyielding curiosity for her field, and a sincere desire to foster and develop my interest in the field."

Excellence in Teaching (Full Time)

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