Hofstra University has announced the 2013 Teachers of the Year. The recipients of this title were formally announced at the 17th Annual Hofstra Gala on May 2. The awards are sponsored by the Office of the Provost.
Every March, graduating students are invited to vote online for the faculty they feel are most deserving of recognition as distinguished teachers. All faculty members who have taught a minimum of three full years at Hofstra are eligible for the Teacher of the Year award. The faculty members selected receive an engraved plaque, recognition in the commencement program, and a monetary award.
Read what students had to say about this year’s honorees:
School of Communication:
Mary Ann Allison, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Journalism, Media Studies and Public Relations
“Not only is Dr. Allison brilliant and knowledgeable, but she is truly devoted to making the material interesting and making sure her students take a lot away from her courses.”
School of Engineering and Applied Science:
Xiang Fu, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Computer Science
“Dr. Fu is a dedicated researcher and educator. A master in his field, he presents his course material in a clear and concise manner and is dedicated to making sure his students understand the material covered.”
“Dr. Xiang Fu played a very big part in my success as a graduate student. His willingness to go the extra mile to help me out academically will never be forgotten. He cared about me as a student and as a person. Furthermore, he told me at graduation that he will always be there for me for years to come.”
Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Robert P. Guttmann, Ph.D., Professor, Economics
“Professor Guttman is absolutely the best professor I ever had. His knowledge is endless, and he knows how to convey it in a way that keeps you interested. I have learned more in his classes than I have in any other class. I have never worked so hard in my life to get a good grade, yet it was extremely satisfying knowing I was able to impress him.”
Health Sciences and Human Services:
Corinne M. Kyriacou, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Health Professions
“Dr. Kyriacou knows how to interact with students and genuinely looks out for their interests. She is a great mentor and an expert in the field of public health. It is easy for students to approach her for any help and she is definitely a great asset to the school of health.”
School of Education:
Maureen O. Murphy, Ph.D., Professor, Teaching, Literacy and Leadership
“Dr. Murphy is an English Education master. She is incredibly helpful and knowledgeable, and always has great advice. Dr. Murphy is among the most caring and thoughtful professors around. Her classes were the most challenging that I’ve encountered at Hofstra, but if a student can get through the rigorous works that Dr. Murphy assigns, that student can go through anything and be better for it.”
Frank G. Zarb School of Business:
Glen M. Vogel, J.D., Assistant Professor, Accounting, Taxation and Legal Studies in Business
“Makes sure his students are prepared and enjoy learning, is extremely fair, keeps class interesting, teaches applicable information.”
“The best professor at Hofstra without a doubt. Helps tremendously both in and outside of the classroom. Is extremely knowledgeable and friendly.”
Maurice A. Deane School of Law:
Juliana Campagna, J.D., Associate Professor of Legal Writing
Professor Campagna represents everything that a professor should be – dedicated, knowledgeable, kind and practical. Her class will always stand out in my mind, not only because her instruction vastly improved my legal writing skills and ability to analyze legal issues, but because she brings so much passion to often tedious subjects.
Professor Campagna taught me so much more than legal writing. She taught me how to be a lawyer.
Law school would have been immeasurably more difficult were it not for Juli Campagna. Throughout my time here at Hofstra, she never once hesitated to provide a helping hand or a sympathetic ear. Her steadfast dedication to teaching and her practical advice has left an impact upon every one of her students. I will be forever grateful and indebted to her for always being there.
Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine:
Dr. David E. Elkowitz, Assistant Professor, Department of Science Education and Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
“Dr. Elkowitz embodies the philosophy of the School of Medicine,” said Student Council President A.J. Blood, a second-year student. “He’s gone above and beyond his role as a teacher, not only to help us in our understanding of the material, but also to foster a passion for learning in each and every student with whom he interacts.”
For more information on the Hofstra Gala, visit the event’s website at www.hofstragala.com .
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