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).

Mary CorriganMary CorriganSocial Welfare

Dr. Mary Corrigan has been a staff associate and assistant dean in the School of Social Welfare since 2004. As part of her assignment, she teaches courses, advises students, serves as liaison with agencies that host Social Welfare internships, and assists instructors with teaching, technology, and curricular development. Prior to her current assignment, Dr. Corrigan taught occasional courses as a part-time lecturer and it was her success with those courses that figured centrally in her appointment as assistant dean. Colleagues describe Dr. Corrigan as an excellent instructor who teaches both popular and unpopular courses at beginning and advanced levels of the MSW program. Her courses include introductory research and evaluation of clinical practice (dreaded by many students), the two semester sequence in micropractice, and an advanced clinical practice course in crisis intervention. All her syllabi are well-constructed, demanding, yet engaging. She uses a variety of in-class exercises, videos, and group projects. Dr. Corrigan's student ratings are well above average, even for the least popular research course. Most are in the top third of the School's courses and on several occasions her class was the top-rated class. In addition to her teaching, Dr. Corrigan is a popular advisor because of the time and care she takes with students. She also contributes in important ways to curricular reform, conducting an informal, voluntary monthly teaching seminar attended by junior faculty and part-time lecturers. Each session has a topic and suggested readings focused on issues instructors are currently facing. For her multifaceted contribution to fine teaching, we are pleased to present a 2009 President's Award for Excellence in Teaching to Dr. Mary Corrigan.

Excellence in Teaching (Full Time)

Mary Corrigan Mitchell Earleywine Ingrid Fisher Aida Torres-Hewitt

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

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