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 2010 for Excellence in Teaching (Full Time).

Cheryl DozierCheryl DozierReading

Dr. Cheryl Dozier has made teaching, the preparation of teachers, and research on teaching her life work. She served for nearly 20 years as an elementary school teacher before pursuing her doctoral degree and embarking on an academic career. As an associate professor of reading, Dr. Dozier teaches an introductory literacy teaching and learning course for the department’s master’s program. She developed this course for online delivery, the department’s first such offering, and the foundation for the M.S. in Reading online program, established in 2001 as the first such program at the University. Dr. Dozier also teaches a required course on writing instruction, a research course she developed on preparing literacy teachers, and the six-credit capstone practicum for the master’s degree program for B-6 Literacy Specialist certification. She has been instrumental in creating new practicum sites in Albany’s Arbor Hill community and Cohoes, a paradigm shift that has brought faculty and graduate students into the real world of an urban elementary school. Not surprisingly, students respond to Dr. Dozier’s dedication and enthusiasm. Her course evaluations are among the highest in her department. Open-ended comments from students include the generous use of such words as challenging, engaging, meaningful, organized and invested in teaching, encouraging, helpful, and energetic. Dr. Dozier also extends her passion for teaching into her research interests in literacy teacher preparation, particularly research on critical self-reflection. Her commitment to preparing reflective practitioners has not only earned respect in her department but also nationally through her scholarship. We are pleased to recognize extraordinary devotion to effective learning and mentoring, with high impact on future teachers and generations of students in our region and beyond, by presenting the 2010 President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching to Dr. Cheryl Dozier.

Excellence in Teaching (Full Time)

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