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. Three faculty members received this tribute in 2007 for Excellence in Teaching (Full Time).

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Professor Alissa Pollitz Worden received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1987, and joined the UAlbany School of Criminal Justice in 1990, following an initial academic appointment at Michigan State University. She was promoted to associate professor in 1996. In her nomination, Worden's dean emphasized that the case is not just based on classroom performance, which is outstanding, but also on extraordinary dedication to teaching and student learning and to students. Worden has played a leadership role in curriculum development at the undergraduate and graduate levels, has been a strong mentor for doctoral students, and has been at the forefront of the school's plan for evaluating outcomes of student learning. Worden regularly teaches the required research methods course for master's and doctoral students, in addition to an undergraduate course on American criminal courts, as well as the basic introductory course. In addition, she has developed a popular doctoral seminar on college and university teaching. And this year she began, in response to a student request, an informal seminar for students doing dissertations. Worden's student course evaluations are consistently among the highest in the school. She is especially respected for her enthusiasm for her subject matter, her accessibility, her concern for students, and her preparation.

Excellence in Teaching (Full Time)

Lotfi Sayahi Kevin Williams Alissa Pollitz Worden
Lotfi Sayahi
Literatures &
Kevin Williams
Alissa Pollitz

Criminal Justice

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