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. One faculty member received this tribute in 2010 for Excellence in Teaching (Teaching Assistant).
Kelly Socia, Criminal Justice
Kelly Socia is pursuing a doctoral degree in criminal justice. Since the fall 2007 semester he has regularly taught discussion sections for the School's undergraduate gateway course on Criminology, and more recently he has served as the instructor for an upper division course on American Criminal Courts. Kelly's student course evaluations are often well above the average for Criminal Justice faculty, particularly for communication of course content, openness to student feedback, and overall performance. He is especially admired for his efforts to study how students learn and his success in developing strategies for connecting seemingly intangible concepts with studentsí everyday experiences. Kelly regularly assesses studentsí progress, not only to give them feedback about how theyíre doing, but also to learn what he can do to increase their understanding of course materials. Outside the classroom, he maintains an open door policy, meets often with students individually and in groups, and is active in doctoral student recruitment and orientation. In addition to his doctoral studies, Kelly is a frequent presenter at professional conferences and has also co-authored several journal articles. We are delighted to recognize his extraordinary contribution to the University's academic program with the 2010 President's Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Teaching Assistant.