Mohammad Elahee, a professor of international business in our School of Business, works diligently to ensure each of his students are knowledgeable, forward-thinking global citizens by cultivating real learning experiences – both inside and outside of the classroom.
Elahee has been recognized for his efforts with the University’s most prestigious academic honor, the Excellence in Teaching Award. He will be honored at the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Service to Students ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 25 in the Recreation Center on the Mount Carmel Campus.
“As a way to integrate service learning into his courses, he will frequently assign research for students to conduct on a pro-bono basis for people in the greater Hamden community,” said Aileen Dever, an associate professor of modern languages in the College of Arts and Sciences and a 2007 Center for Excellence honoree. “Professor Elahee incorporated his microloan into the curriculum and his students were the pioneer group that introduced these microloans in Leon, Nicaragua. He has also taken his students on several travel-abroad experiences, including to France, Germany and Mexico.”
Elahee said he strives to put his students first – and to empathize with their needs and challenges.
“When I design a course, I put myself in the shoes of a student and try to envision what challenges and problems a student might encounter while taking my course,” Elahee said. “Different students have different learning styles. They have different abilities and different priorities. I try to structure my courses in such a way that no single group of students feels left out. I want to ensure that everybody learns something new from my courses and finds the learning experience to be both rewarding and intellectually challenging.”
Elahee’s teaching is by no means restricted to business. He is also a great role-model for how to interact with colleagues.
“Professor Elahee is always pleasant and professional – whether you happen to meet him on a committee or in a hallway,” Dever said. “That kind of professionalism is always appreciated.”
Elahee encourages his colleagues to make the most of their time at Quinnipiac, a university he has taught at for 14 years.
“Quinnipiac is a wonderful place,” he said. “I would especially urge new faculty to socialize with other faculty members outside their work environment. Other faculty members can be excellent mentors.”
Elahee also encourages faculty to balance their time and work.
“Being a faculty member is like, what [Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs] Mark Thompson calls a three-legged stool,” he said. “One is teaching, one is research, and the other is service. I would recommend that every new faculty member try to achieve excellence in all three areas.”
In addition to Elahee, the following individuals will be recognized at the awards dinner: Kimberly Hartmann, professor and chair of occupational therapy in the School of Health Sciences; Dorothy Lauria, registrar; Kristen Richardson, laboratory instructor in the College of Arts and Sciences; Janice Wachtarz, associate vice president for information services; and Sharlene Walbaum, professor of psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences.
This is the 10th year the center has presented the awards.
These honorees – selected from a pool of nominations by faculty, staff, students, alumni and parents – will have their names engraved on a stone sculpture on display in the Arnold Bernhard Library. The recipients have been recognized at a reception with the board of trustees. They will receive a cash prize and will be featured in a promotional brochure to be used throughout the year in Quinnipiac’s public relations activities.
The Center for Excellence, established in 2002, helps Quinnipiac achieve its educational mission, consistent with its three core values: high-quality academic programs, a student oriented environment and a sense of community. The center supplements Quinnipiac’s existing professional development programs by sponsoring workshops and seminars, and conducting surveys to address strengths and weaknesses regarding service to students.