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 2008 for Excellence in Teaching (Full Time).

Michael LandinMichael Landin, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Mr. Michael Landin is an alumnus of UAlbany and long-time Instructional Support Specialist with the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. He manages the Department's weather center and data archive and serves as academic advisor to all broadcast meteorology majors and a number of atmospheric sciences majors. Many of you may know of Mike from his daily weather commentaries which he has broadcast on WAMC public radio since 1977. Mr. Landin also teaches the introductory weather lab course and both introductory courses in weather forecasting and severe weather analysis, together with the hugely popular general education course "The Oceans". As an instructor, Mike works tirelessly to challenge and encourage his students. His student course evaluations are outstanding. Faculty peers observe that he is absolutely beloved even though he holds students to very high standards, literally putting them through "meteorological boot camp." He is also a superb mentor and advisor. In addition to his formal teaching, Mike is responsible for undergraduate internships at the National Weather Service and in local television stations, as well as all weather forecasting contests. Last year, the UAlbany team placed fourth in the nation's premier contest involving over 60 U.S. atmospheric sciences programs, and one of our students was ranked the top forecaster of all student participants.

Excellence in Teaching (Full Time)

Sharon Danoff-Burg Michael Landin Theresa Pardo
Sharon Danoff-Burg
Michael Landin
Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Theresa Pardo
Public Administration and Policy

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