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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).

George BergGeorge BergComputer Science

Dr. George Berg has been a member of the Computer Science faculty since 1988. He has chaired the Department since 2006. Over his 21-year career, Dr. Berg has taught 20 distinct courses. These include courses in his main research areas of Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science, course aimed at a broad range of undergraduate students from across the University, courses for students in the computer science majors, and more recently courses with colleagues in Biological Sciences. In all his teaching, Dr. Berg’s student evaluations have been consistently high. In addition, students frequently remark that he is highly accessible outside of class, shows great passion for his subject, and uses projects and assignments that allow students to apply the knowledge they gained in a way that interested them. But as strong as Dr. Berg’s record as a classroom teacher, arguably his most significant contribution to the University is his impact on teaching in the Computer Science Department as a whole, leading his colleagues on a transformation of the undergraduate curriculum. As Chair, he has adopted a mission to change the way he and the Computer Science Department engage with students by experimenting with new pedagogical techniques and innovative course material. He can thus be credited for not only influencing what his colleagues teach, but also how they teach. Dr. Berg has also been a strong supporter of the College of Computing and Information’s Women in Technology program, and he has been highly successful in working with external communities to develop curricula that advances societal goals. New multidisciplinary grants, courses and programs in cybersecurity and financial market regulation have all benefited from Dr. Berg’s interest and participation. A consummate educator, we are delighted to present the 2010 President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching to Dr. George Berg.

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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