Walp Honored With 2017 University at Albany Excellence Award

Albany, NY (April 2017) - Trudy Walp, lecturer and online program manager in Literacy Teaching and Learning, was recognized with a 2017 University at Albany President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Provost Wheeler, Trudy Walp, Interim President StellarThe campus community celebrated the accomplishments of Walp and her award-winning colleagues at the University's public ceremony and reception on April 26. Each year, the University at Albany honors special members of its community with Excellence Awards denoting exceptional contributions to the life of the campus.

Walp has taught literacy-related graduate courses as a part-time instructor for many years. She has consistently been one of the most highly regarded instructors in the department. Her students are effusive in their praise of her teaching, giving her top rankings and describing her as “an outstanding instructor” and a teacher who “successfully created an online environment that encourages learning.”

Walp was a reading specialist in the elementary grades at North Warren Central School, where she taught for 25 years. She retired from Schroon Lake Central School after 34 years of teaching in the public schools. She is currently a member of the New York State English Language Arts Education Leader Cadre to the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). She has also served as a consultant to the New York State Education Department, including as the Chairperson of the PK-4 ELA Common Core Learning Standards Workgroup and as a member of the New York State Literacy Team. She was co-recipient (along with Professor Emeritus Sean A. Walmsley) of the New York State Reading Association’s 1990 Outstanding Research Award. She received the 2005 Excellence in Teaching Award from the University at Albany School of Education.