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. Five faculty members received this tribute in 2013 for Excellence in Teaching (Full Time).

MArcia SutherlandMarcia Sutherland, Africana Studies

Professor Marcia Sutherland teaches undergraduate and graduate courses for the Department of Africana Studies. Her core belief is that learning must be a transformative, engaging experience, and that students must learn to think critically as they examine problems on the national or the global scene.

Students praise her mentorship, rigor and professionalism: Many say this is the combination that makes her a superior teacher. She incorporates her research in her lectures at all levels.

Even in large classes, she engages students by talking with them as if it were a personal scholarly conversation. She encourages students to debate divergent perspectives rooted in research, and treats them as emerging professionals.

Professor Sutherland works closely with her graduate students as they prepare papers for journals and national conferences. As a result, they often see her as a ‘mentor for life', contacting her for advice and guidance on their professional careers long after they have graduated. Under her mentorship, students have won national and international prizes for their publications, and many teach at prestigious universities.

Professor Sutherland serves on many dissertation committees and advises UAlbany graduates completing doctoral degrees at other institutions. She has served as advisor for Master's students in Rockefeller College, the Department of Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Department of Psychology.

Because they have been touched by Dr. Sutherland, her students possess a commitment being change agents. They assume leadership positions as entrepreneurs, professors, teachers, school administrators, lawyers, politicians, performers, writers, social workers, and community activists.

She is also an active scholar, having authored or co-authored over 30 articles and book reviews, two books and acting as reviewer for several journals and presses. Professor Sutherland has received the highest recognition by the National Association of Black Psychologists, the Distinguished Psychologist Award for Scholarly Advancement of Black Psychology.

Excellence in Teaching (Full Time)

Rita Biswas Ryan King MArcia Sutherland Katherine Van Acker Shu-Han Yeh
Rita Biswas
Ryan King
Marcia Sutherland
Africana Studies
Katherine Van Acker
Shu-Han Yeh
East Asian Languages and Cultures

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