University at Albany

Excellence in Teaching (Teaching Assistant)

Each year, the University at Albany honors special members of its community with Excellence Awards denoting exceptional contributions to the life of the campus. Two faculty members received this tribute in 2008 for Excellence in Teaching (Teaching Assistant).

Dana Basnight-BrownDana Basnight-Brown, Psychology

Dana Basnight-Brown is pursuing her doctoral degree in cognitive psychology and expects to graduate this year. Throughout her graduate studies Dana has distinguished herself as a teacher, mentor, student, and scholar. As an instructor, she has taught perhaps the two most challenging courses in the Department of Psychology's curriculum: Statistical Methods; and Experimental Psychology. Both are required courses with minimum grades for admission to the major. Dana has done an outstanding job teaching these courses. Her teaching ratings are exemplary, much higher than the Department average for these courses. She received equally high ratings for an upper-level course – Memory and Cognition – which is a restricted elective in the major. Dana is very passionate about teaching and highly dedicated to her students. She makes herself available to students outside of class and is always willing to help them. In the classroom she is energetic and enthusiastic. Her syllabi are well-organized and comprehensive. Her grading policies are well-articulated, transparent and fair. She puts a lot of time into preparing her courses and the results speak for themselves. As a doctoral candidate, Dana has published in peer-reviewed journals and is active in professional societies.

Excellence in Teaching (Teaching Assistant)

Dana Basnight-Brown Alice Krause
Dana Basnight-Brown
Alice Krause
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