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 2009 for Excellence in Teaching (Full Time).

Aida Torres-HewittAida Torres-HewittLanguages, Literatures and Cultures

Dr. Aida Torres-Hewitt has been teaching in the Spanish program of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures since 2001. She has offered courses on the literature of Spain, the literature of Latin America, and women's writing. She also mentors students and regularly offers independent studies. In addition to teaching two upper-level courses each semester, Dr. Torres-Hewitt oversees the teaching of more than 200 high school Spanish teachers who offer UAlbany language instruction for college credit through the University in the High School Program, work that involves visiting approximately 100 classrooms annually across New York State. So her impact is truly substantial, affecting the lives of many hundreds of students each year. Dr. Torres-Hewitt is described by her colleagues as a gifted teacher, who loves people, especially young people, someone who cares deeply about developing their skills as deep readers and critical thinkers. Teaching is her calling. They offer a picture of a faculty member walking back to her office after a class, in the midst of a bevy of students, laughing, discussing ideas that have spilled out from the classroom into the corridor and, finally into her office, which often looks more like a physician's office with patients lining the corridor waiting to see her. Dr. Torres-Hewitt will listen to them all and offer wise words of encouragement. We welcome the opportunity to recognize and honor this outstanding example of effectiveness and commitment to a central aspect of the University's mission by presenting the 2009 President's Award for Excellence in Teaching to Dr. Aida Torres-Hewitt.

Excellence in Teaching (Full Time)

Mary Corrigan Mitchell Earleywine Ingrid Fisher Aida Torres-Hewitt
Mary Corrigan
Social Welfare
Mitchell Earleywine
Ingrid Fisher
and Law
Aida Torres-Hewitt
Languages, Literatures and Cultures

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