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).

Michelle MoshierAccounting and Law

During Michelle Moshier’s two decades teaching as a lecturer at UAlbany, she has become a much sought after teacher, respected by faculty colleagues and students alike. She has been awarded the Harold L. Cannon Memorial Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching in 2000 and 2007, and has several times received the Positive Difference Award by the Office of Learning Disabled Student Services in recognition of her profound positive impact on the experience of disabled students at UAlbany.

Over the years, Ms. Moshier has consistently taught a large introductory Financial Accounting course and an upper-level Survey of Taxation course. Between these two courses, she teaches roughly one-thousand students each semester.

Students flock to her courses. Anyone who teaches Accounting knows that students either love or detest the subject. But Ms. Moshier stands out: She is able to engage and inspire students who are neither business nor accounting majors. She makes accounting classes rewarding to all students and many of them say that her class is their very favorite. Students consistently praise her enthusiasm for and command of the material. They admire her ability to make the material understandable, to facilitate their learning, and to connect the textbook concepts and examples to real world companies and events. They also regularly thank her for her accessibility and genuine desire to see them succeed.

Ms. Moshier’s upper-level taxation course covers complex technical material that is subject to frequent regulatory change. This is not an easy course! Yet students often cite this course as responsible for inspiring them to enter graduate study in taxation and to pursue a career in that field.

She also serves as the accounting liaison for the University in the High School program, putting in extra time and effort outside the classroom to ensure the program is reaching the highest educational standards. She reviews high school proposals, instructor qualifications, and conducts annual observational and evaluative classroom visits to at institutions participating in the program.

Professor Michelle Moshier is one of the hardest working, most well-liked, well-rated, well-respected and most valuable instructors in the Department of Accounting and Law, and it is a pleasure to be able to recognize her for her contributions.

Excellence in Teaching (Full Time)

Jean Chandler David Strait
Michelle Moshier
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David Strait

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