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. Three faculty members received this tribute in 2014 for Excellence in Teaching (Full Time).

Jean ChandlerJeannine ChandlerHistory

Among all the student-focused faculty members in the History department—and there are many—Dr. Jeannine Chandler stands out. She has a devoted student following: they take as many of her courses as they can because they know her as a responsive, student-focused teacher who is generous with her time and holds them to high standards.

A lecturer in the department, Dr. Chandler touches all levels of students, teaching at the 100, 200, and 300-levels, supervising 400 level independent studies, directing honors theses and serving on Ph.D. committees.

In her classes, Dr. Chandler engages students with her well-framed lectures and discussions. She works hard to convey to beginning students the multiplicity of viewpoints possible on historical facts. She is always willing to accommodate student interests, constantly adjusting the content of her class as she picks up clues about what students want to know. She welcomes student questions because she knows that real interest leads to real learning. She also works hard on her teaching. Most recently she has been experimenting with the “flipped” classroom, aiming to engage her students even more actively during class time.

Dr. Chandler’s student evaluations rank near the top for the History department every year. And this is not because she is easy: even in her large classes she assigns rigorous writing assignments. Students remark on the intellectual challenge her courses present them and on her support in their learning efforts. They report that she will sit with a student for an hour if that’s what it takes to get a student’s paper on track or an exam prep underway. She often sits and chats with groups of students, gaining their trust and offering support.

The faculty know her as a collegial and productive member of the department. She is respected for her teaching in the History and East Asian Studies departments, and at the same time for her scholarship where she is making a major contribution to global and comparative religious and cultural history.

It’s a pleasure to award this honor to such a generous and accomplished teacher and scholar.

Excellence in Teaching (Full Time)

Jean Chandler David Strait

Michelle Moshier
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