Three Liberal Arts Professors Honored for Excellence in Teaching
Award recipients come from fields of classics, public policy leadership and modern languages
Three University of Mississippi professors were honored Friday (May 11) by the College of Liberal Arts for their excellence in teaching.
Nidhi Vij Mali, assistant professor of public policy leadership, received the Howell Family Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award. Named after alumni donors Dr. Norris Howell and Lynne Thomas Howell, both of Ripley, the endowment provides funds to recognize the outstanding teacher of the year within the college.
“We commend Ms. Kaufmann, Dr. Pasco-Pranger and Dr. Mali for their outstanding dedication to teaching and service to our students,” said Lee Cohen, UM liberal arts dean. “These awards symbolize the importance of teaching excellence to our college’s mission. It is an honor and a privilege to recognize this year’s recipients.”
Each of the recipients expressed gratitude for their recognition:
“The award is fuel for encouragement, appreciation and gratitude,” said Mali, who joined the university’s public policy leadership faculty in 2016. “It gives me confidence in what I do every day and grateful that the students appreciate it.
“To have received the award within the second year of my teaching, it has been a very humbling experience.”
Recipients also shared their philosophies of teaching:
“My students and their words of appreciation for the efforts that we put in as teachers are what are most rewarding for me,” said Mali, who also received the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award from the Syracuse University Graduate School in 2016 while earning her doctorate.
Nomination letters noted why each recipient deserved her award:
One writer who nominated Mali wrote, “She does more than just go above and beyond. Besides her amazing teaching abilities, Dr. Mali’s personality inspires me and other students to be the best version of ourselves.”
Another of Mali’s nomination letters said, “she made herself available to me 24/7 to get help. She learned more about me as a person and my home life than anyone else at the university.”
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2018 Summer Study in China
The Lott Leadership Institute (LLI) and the Department of Public Policy Leadership (PPL) are pleased to announce 2018 Summer Study in China Program. Eligibility for LLI scholarships is limited to students majoring in PPL and enrollment preference is given to PPL majors. Application is open to all PPL students. Ten students will be selected for this program, and students selected and awarded LLI scholarship will be responsible, if they withdraw, for whatever cost incurred by the time of their withdrawal.
North China University of Technology, Beijing, China
Dates: June 5 – July 4, 2018 (tentative)
Students earn six credit hours (PPL 496) during the course of this program.
The Lott Leadership Institute will provide scholarship up to $3,500 for each participant selected. (A request will be made for PPL students to meet with U.S. Ambassador to China in Beijing.)
|Estimated Budget Per Student|
(It includes tuition, orientation, international health insurance, housing, meals, and program sponsored excursions/travel and site visits. Students are responsible for passport fees if they do not have a passport, visa fees when a visa is required, to and from Airport transportation in the U.S., and personal spending money )
Note: All cost estimates are subject to change and revision.