Five Hofstra Faculty Win 2008-2009 Teacher of the Year Honors
Will be recognized at Hofstra Gala, Spring Commencement
Hempstead, NY – Five Hofstra University faculty have been voted 2008-2009 Teachers of the Year by Hofstra students and will be honored at the May 7, 2009, Hofstra Gala as well as at the May 17, 2009, Undergraduate/Graduate Commencement Exercises, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Herman A. Berliner announced.
The recipients of the individual School/College Teacher of the Year Awards are
- Robert Leonard, professor and chair, Comparative Literature and Language, Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences;
- Mary Anne Trasciatti, associate professor and chair, Speech Communication, Rhetoric, and Performance Studies, School of Communication;
- Ahmet Karagozoglu, associate professor, Finance, Frank G. Zarb School of Business;
- Bruce Torff, professor, Curriculum and Teaching, School of Education, Health and Human Services; and
- Mitchell Gans, professor of law, Hofstra Law School.
Teachers of the Year are selected by current, graduating students in each school. “What makes Teacher of the Year such a singular honor is that for the faculty member to be selected, that person needs to ranked as a top faculty member by graduating students over a three-year to five-year period of time,” said Provost Berliner.
Before joining the law school faculty, Professor Gans had been an associate in the Tax and Trust and Estates Departments at the New York City law firm of Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett and law clerk to Associate Judge Jacob D. Fuchsberg, New York State Court of Appeals. He is an Academic Fellow at the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at the NYU School of Law.
Professor Gans is a leading scholar in the estate-and-gift tax area. On behalf of the NYU School of Law, he recently taught an eight-week course on valuation methodology by satellite television to IRS attorneys throughout the country. He continues to provide lectures for the IRS on transfer- and income-tax issues. He is a frequent lecturer for ALI-ABA, NYU, the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, the ABA and other groups.
Professor Gans has published articles in the Emory Law Journal, Notre Dame Law Review, Virginia Tax Review, Florida Tax Review and Tax Notes, among others. He just completed a book on the ethical obligations the Treasury imposes on tax practitioners.
He received his B.B.A. and his J.D. from Hofstra.