Excellence in Teaching Awards
Nominations for the Excellence in Teaching Awards are made by students. They are asked to consider several criteria, including depth of knowledge in the subject; ability to provide effective links between course content, research, and experiential learning; and the rigor of course content. Award decisions are made by a committee composed of faculty members and representatives of the undergraduate Student Government Association and the Graduate Student Government.
Julie Hertenstein, Associate Professor of Accounting
Students describe Professor Hertenstein’s teaching as “brilliant” and her courses as both “intense” and “impeccably mapped.” Her vivid case studies introduce students to the application of accounting principles and concepts in complex real-world situations. Holding both herself and her students to high standards of performance, she approaches accounting from a strategic perspective that helps students learn to “think like managers,” report her students.
Rupal Patel, Associate Professor of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology and Computer and Information Science
Students praise Professor Patel’s enthusiasm, teaching style, and passion for linking scientific debates to real-world scenarios. They describe her classes as carefully and creatively structured to foster student success, applauding how she sustains a high level of engagement and rigor. One student said, “This was an amazing course with great application to clinical work”; another reported that “she motivates students to apply concepts to real-life clinical scenarios.”