University at Albany

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. Two faculty members received this tribute in 2013 for Excellence in Teaching (Teaching Assistant).

Mohammad QneibiMohammad Qneib, Chemistry

Mr. Mohammad Qneibi has taught labs in Organic and Physical Chemistry. He makes sure students not only know what they are doing and how to do it, but that they understand why they are doing it. Because of his skill with students, he has already received the Arthur Long teaching award, which is the Chemistry department's highest honor for teaching assistants.

Mr. Qneibi's students describe him as enthusiastic, approachable, friendly, fair and devoted to student success. They also say that he is determined to hold them to high expectations.

Students commend him for his ability to put them at ease, and the valuable study skills they have learned from him. One student wrote “when first enrolling in the course, I was nervous, knowing the difficulty of the material. Despite my apprehension, Mohammad made this course highly enjoyable.”

Another wrote: “Mohammad always held me to a high standard of learning…he never failed to make me work harder to reach my true potential.” They praise his ability to create examples of increasing difficulty to prepare them well for exams. They particularly appreciate his talent for helping them visualize chemical reactions by creating charts and figures from which they can draw conclusions.

Mr. Qneibi's interactive style, involving students in discussions and getting them to pose questions shows his deep desire to see them succeed. He regularly spends time working individually with students, in the lab and outside of class. He talks with them about their interests and encourages them to take the next steps in their own research and education. Former students, now in graduate schools across the nation, enthusiastically wrote to describe the inspiration they received to continue their studies, even after they were no longer in Mr. Qneibi's classes.

Excellence in Teaching (Teaching Assistant)

Mohammad Qneibi Steve Sin
Mohammad Qneibi
Steve Sin
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