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).

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For over twenty years, Professor Rita Biswas has taught students ranging from 20 year old juniors and seniors to 60 year old bank presidents—and she captures and retains the attention of all of them.

She is consistently among the professors rated most highly by students in the School of Business. She takes an interest in each student, learning names and showing up for out-of-classroom events to show her support of extra-curricular activities. Involvement with student's actual lives helps her make class material relate to the real world, and sends a strong signal to the students that she is interested in them as individuals.

Professor Biswas' commitment is clear through what her students say: 24 of them were recommendations for this award!

Some of these students graduated 5, 10 and even 15 years ago, and yet jumped at the chance to describe the lasting impact she has made on their lives and their careers. They praise her selfless dedication, unsparingly reaching out to them beyond class time and beyond office hours to serve their needs. The thoughtfulness of her feedback is a regular theme of end-of-semester evaluations.

Professor Biswas is not an “easy teacher”: her courses cover the most quantitative and technical taught in Finance, and she requires innovative projects that keep students interested and fully engaged. Honors students returning from their internships report that the skills they learned while doing Professor Biswas' assignments put them ahead of fellow interns hailing from elite private institutions.

Professor Biswas actively recruits new students, and has led an initiative to host the New York State Mathematics League competitions at UAlbany. She has developed a transfer experience course and will teach it as a pilot program for the University.

A known authority in international merger and acquisitions and emerging markets both nationally and internationally she is an active scholar. Students see her as teacher, mentor and friend, and a role model for women in the academic and business community. Professor Rita Biswas exemplifies what a teacher, mentor and scholar can be.

Excellence in Teaching (Full Time)

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

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