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).

Kristy ThackerSocial Psychology

Kristy Thacker is a candidate for the doctoral degree in social psychology. She was a teaching assistant for six sections of upper-level writing intensive psychology courses, serving approximately 75% of the students enrolled in such courses in Psychology over a two-year period. In all, she worked with four different professors in three different courses, none of which were in Ms. Thacker's specialization. Thus, she had to master the literature for these courses in addition to assisting students with their written assignments. Ms. Thacker has also been the instructor of record for four courses, including Statistical Methods and Experimental Psychology, two of the Department's most challenging required courses, each with minimum grades for admission to the major. By all accounts she has performed in a superb fashion in all of these assignments. Her student course evaluations are the highest in the Department of Psychology for doctoral students and teaching assistants. Psychology faculty also praise her versatility and her ability to teach both large and small classes. Her syllabi are well organized and her lectures are engaging and insightful. She is generous with her time outside of class, often holding extended office hours. As a doctoral candidate, Ms. Thacker has published in peer-reviewed journals and is active in professional societies. We are delighted to recognize this record of outstanding accomplishment with the 2009 President's Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Teaching Assistant.

Excellence in Teaching (Teaching Assistant)

Elise Bouhet  
Elise Bouhet
Kristy Thacker
Social Psychology

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