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).

Ryan KingRyan King, Sociology

Professor Ryan King's guiding concern is to inspire student curiosity and foster their intellectual development. He emphasizes analytical thinking, presentation of research findings, and effective writing in his undergraduate courses and graduate seminars.

Professor King designs learning situations so students struggle with data, become more curious and gain a better understanding of how research is done. He brings in contemporary examples that have personal relevance for them. He creates an informal, friendly atmosphere, posing interesting questions, and challenging students' opinions to hone their critical thinking skills.

Students praise him for his infectious passion for his discipline, his zeal for getting them to master difficult material, and his ability to ignite a love of learning. One student wrote:

"I learned more from Professor King about what it means to be a responsible, productive, and effective teacher-scholar than I did from any of my other formal training."

Another wrote:

“Dr. King is the most wise, thoughtful, caring and supportive teacher and mentor I have ever seen. His commitment to the highest standards has been inspiring and motivating.”

Professor King's commitment to teaching extends beyond the classroom. He has supervised 7 undergraduate internships, directed 6 independent studies, frequently mentors in the department's Honors program and shares responsibility of departmental student advisement. He has served on over a dozen comprehensive examination committees, ch aired three MA committees, directed five graduate independent studies, chaired 7 dissertation committees and served on 7 others.

He was also a ‘charter member' of the Teaching Committee in Sociology, has organized a presentation on “Teaching Large Lectures”, and has hosted brown-bag sessions for graduate students on topics such as networking and negotiating the job market.

He has served on the UAlbany Committee on Retention, Teaching and Learning and Integration of Student and Academic Life, and participates in the Educational Opportunities mentoring program as mentor of undergraduate students. He has also developed a Freshman Seminar designed to introduce students to social science while helping them transition from high school to college.

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.