Dolphin Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Member of the Full-Time Faculty:
Michael Paris, Associate Professor and Pre-Law Advisor, Department of Political Science, Economics, and Philosophy.
You joined the Department of Political Science, Economics, and Philosophy faculty at the College as an assistant professor in 2007, and you were promoted to associate professor last January. You earned a BA degree in Political Science from Hobart College, a JD from Columbia University School of Law, and a PhD in Politics from Brandeis University. You are honored by your colleagues and former students as a consummate educator. They describe you as a craftsman, as you take difficult-to-understand legal abstractions and make them tangible through real-world examples. They also underscore your impeccable teaching skills, as you patiently and objectively discuss class material and then engage students in dialog and conversation to ensure their comprehension. You have also been called a wonderful pre-law advisor, who will go above and beyond in order to help any student who wishes to pursue a career in the legal field. As a result of your incredible devotion to your students, many have gone on to prestigious institutions such as Fordham University, Brooklyn Law, New York Law, and Cornell. Your connection to the students is further demonstrated in your role as advisor to the Law and Government Club, which you successfully revived.
You exemplify CSI’s ideal of a teacher who empowers students to succeed.