University at Albany

Excellence in Teaching (Part 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. Two faculty members received this tribute in 2011 for Excellence in Teaching (Part Time).

Craig HancockCraig HancockEOP

Craig Hancock teaches in the Educational Opportunity Program and is known as the teacher who goes out of his way to help. Students line up outside his office, confident that they will find expert guidance on their papers. Many of these students are not even in his classes, yet Dr. Hancock takes time for them.

Dr. Hancock designed the curriculum for the intensive writing program for EOP. Students attend class daily, participate in study groups, and meet with him for one-on-one conferences. Dr. Hancock assumes the lead in creating the lessons for the intensive summer writing course in the Pre-College Summer Program, and trains all summer program writing staff members and peer educators.

Last year, Dr. Hancock introduced a new model where students take a non-credit developmental course paired with a credit-bearing Composition course. This model combines support for students with tangible progress toward degree, and generates student enthusiasm and engagement. With all this, he found the time to write his own acclaimed grammar textbook, and is a contributing author in two other textbooks.

Dr. Hancock dedicates himself to helping those who might have been written off as hopeless. He gives new chances to people who go on to bright futures. One student commented: 
“I would not be the Founding Principal of the first all-girls, public charter high school in New York State if Dr. Hancock did not begin his impact on my life 20 years ago. I came to him as a young, pregnant freshman with mediocre writing skills and unclear academic plans. Dr. Hancock’s careful attention to his teaching craft, and the intellectual and social development of his students had a profound influence on my desire to become a better writer, thinker and educator.”

Excellence in Teaching (Part Time)

Craig Hancock Barbara Rio

Barbara Rio
Social Welfare

Students participate in more than 200 student clubs and honor societies, and enjoy a busy calendar of campus events.