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 2009 for Excellence in Teaching (Teaching Assistant).

Elise BouhetElise BouhetFrench Studies

Elise Bouhet has been a TA in the French studies program for four years. She has taught all levels of beginning and intermediate French and completed a teaching practicum in which she participated in all aspects of FRE355, Contemporary French Society and Culture. She has consistently provided an exceptional learning experience for undergraduate students both inside and outside the classroom. Ms. Bouhet's effectiveness is reflected in her exceptional SIRF ratings, which have been consistently above the departmental average, even in her first year of teaching. She routinely receives perfect or near perfect scores for four evaluation items including "Communicated course content in ways you understood," "Well-prepared for class," "Receptive to students' ideas and viewpoints," and "Instructor, overall." Ms. Bouhet is described by her faculty mentors as a natural teacher who combines sound pedagogical instincts, a warm classroom presence and a good sense of humor to provide instruction that is both pedagogically sound, intellectually stimulating, and enjoyable. She shows creativity in designing culturally rich, contextualized exams, and in creating podcasts that bring various aspects of French vocabulary and grammar to often hilarious life. Outside the classroom she has been active in the activities of the Francophone House and co-organizer of the Department's international film series. Her nominator notes that Ms. Bouhet has increasingly become the example that other TAs are encouraged to follow. We are pleased to present this years President's Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Teaching Assistant to Ms. Elise Bouhet.

Excellence in Teaching (Teaching Assistant)

Elise Bouhet  
Elise Bouhet
Kristy Thacker
Social Psychology

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