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).

Eloise BriereEloise BriereLanguage, Literature and Cultures

Dr. Eloise Briere is an associate professor of French, appointed to the Department of Languages, Literature and Cultures. She is admired by students and colleagues both for her outstanding performances as a teacher and for the numerous activities she has initiated outside the classroom to enhance the student experience. From the start of her career, in Senegal in early 1970s, Dr. Briere has pursued teaching and research from a global perspective. She has been a central figure in the development of Francophone Studies, exploring topics in the literatures and cultures found in West Africa, the Caribbean, and North America. Dr. Briere has also been a strong proponent for using text, film, and direct experience to hone critical thinking skills and strategies. By stepping into other cultures and languages, students gain insights, new points of views, and ultimately a deeper understanding of their own culture. Dr. Briere has put this philosophy into practice in teaching 20 different courses at UAlbany. She keeps students actively engaged in a variety of ways, including a heavy emphasis on oral presentation, writing, guest speakers, field trips, use of the internet, and visual media. She is especially admired for her creative initiatives to take students into the world to experience French-speaking communities, performances, and exhibitions. A field course on Haiti she organized in 2003, sparked interest in the Haitian people and culture that has been re-energized in recent months following the earthquake. Dr. Briere is currently utilizing web-casting to pair UAlbany French Studies students with students at France’s University of Upper Alsace for regular real-time conversations to gain fluency and to understand cultural differences and values. She was instrumental in creating the Francophone House in the residence halls. For her capacity to inspire students to become educated citizens, bring the world within reach, we are pleased to present the 2010 President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching to Dr. Eloise Briere.

Excellence in Teaching (Full Time)

George Berg Eloise Briere Cheryl Dozier
George Berg
Computer Science
Eloise Briere
Language, Literature and Cultures
Cheryl Dozier

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