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).

Lotfi SayahiLotfi SayahiLanguages, Literatures & Cultures

Professor Lotfi Sayahi joined the faculty in Languages, Literatures, and Cultures in 1999 and was promoted to associate professor in 2006. His research interests include sociolinguistics, contact linguistics, and language variation and change. In addition to his native language of Arabic, he has "near-native" fluency in Spanish, French, and English, as well as "good reading knowledge" of Catalan, Galician, Italian, and Portuguese. Sayahi has drawn on this versatility in offering no fewer than 17 different courses over the past eight years, covering a wide range of topics including aspects of linguistics never before offered at UAlbany. His student course ratings are consistently among the best in his department, and he is credited for boosting the student satisfaction ranking of the Spanish program to one of the highest at the campus. As Director of Spanish Language Instruction and Supervisor of Teaching Assistants, Sayahi is committed to introductory-level instruction and the quality of the undergraduate learning experience. For more advanced language instruction and the study of linguistics, he places a strong emphasis on learning practical skills, such as preparing and presenting papers, learning the linguistic field tools, and data collection and analysis. He is faculty adviser for the UAlbany chapter of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, and through this organization he has helped students obtain grants for summer coursework and research overseas.

Excellence in Teaching (Full Time)

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Lotfi Sayahi
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