Dr. Gowri Shankar Named as the Recipient of UW Bothell's 2008 Distinguished Teaching Award

Wednesday, March 12, 2008
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BOTHELL, Wash. - The University of Washington Bothell is pleased to announce Dr. Gowri Shankar as the recipient of its 2008 Distinguished Teaching Award.

Dr. Shankar, an Associate Professor in the Business Program, has taught courses in finance, accounting and economics at UW Bothell since 2001. In doing so, he has built a reputation among both his students and his faculty colleagues as a dedicated teacher with a strong commitment to the long term intellectual and professional development of all his students.

Chancellor Kenyon Chan says "Dr. Shankar is a model faculty member and his contributions to the classroom are tremendous. He believes fully in preparing students for the 'real world' and continuously seeks new and innovative ways to help bridge textbook knowledge with practical workplace skills, paying particular attention to students who need additional support."

Prof. Pete Nye of the Business program says that Dr. Shankar "teaches a range of courses, spanning several disciplines and skillfully engages students in thoughtful discussion and analysis in all his classes. Gowri loves the learning process and his enthusiasm is contagious. Both students and faculty enjoy working with him and our MBA students have honored him twice for outstanding teaching."

In describing his approach to teaching Dr. Shankar says, "My immediate goal in the classroom is to teach the principles, the methodologies, the theories and the applications of theory in the disciplines that I teach. But beyond this goal, I strive to develop in my students the analytical, critical thinking and communication skills that will enable them to succeed in their professional lives and, more importantly, become life-long learners, a major goal of a UW Bothell education."

Dr. Shankar receives this honor for his achievements in the classroom and for his commitment to developing a rigorous curriculum in finance and accounting. He has taught nine different courses at UW Bothell and had a pivotal role in designing the curriculum for the new accounting option which will be offered for the first time in Autumn 2008. Dr. Shankar serves on several program and college committees, including the General Faculty Organization's Executive Council. Prior to UW Bothell, Dr. Shankar taught at the State University of New York, Syracuse University and Cornell University.

The UW Bothell Distinguished Teaching Award, created in 1995, is presented each year to a faculty member who has demonstrated sustained excellence in teaching, exemplifying what it means to fulfill the academic mission of the University of Washington Bothell.

About UW Bothell: The University of Washington Bothell was founded in 1990 to serve King and Snohomish counties and north Puget Sound area students seeking bachelor's and master's degrees. UW Bothell offers degree programs in applied computing, business, nursing, education, computing and software systems, interdisciplinary arts and sciences, cultural studies, and policy studies.