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April 21, 2017
|Dr. Ajay Bandi received the Learning and Teaching Center's Excellence in Learning, Teaching and Technology Award from Monish Verma, a graduate assistant and programmer at the center.|
Staff members representing Northwest Missouri State University’s Learning and Teaching Center (LTC) surprised Dr. Ajay Bandi, an assistant professor of computer science and information systems, April 11 when they arrived at his Colden Hall classroom, unannounced, and presented him with the center’s Excellence in Learning, Teaching and Technology Award.
“We’re so proud of him because of the fact that not only is he an excellent teacher, but he’s also an excellent advisor,” said Dr. Carol Spradling, director of the School of Computer Science and Information Systems. “This just completes an exceptional year that he’s had in his educational pursuits.”
Earlier this month, Bandi received the University’s Tower Service Award for academic advising. He joined the Northwest faculty in 2014 and teaches courses in software engineering, object-oriented programming, data visualization and project management. He also advises students completing graduate-level directed projects.
Bandi is the second Northwest faculty member to receive the award, which the LTC launched last fall to recognize outstanding educators at the University. Assistant Professor of History Dr. Robert Voss received the inaugural award last fall for his work on a digital history project.
The LTC changed its process for the spring award by partnering with Student Senate and soliciting nominations from students using Northwest Online. Students were encouraged to nominate faculty with a few sentences supporting their nomination. Following the nomination process, Bandi was selected for the award through a student vote on Northwest Online.
“Dr. Ajay Bandi is an instructor who thinks from a student's perspective and guides me throughout the course work. For an international student like me, his guidance really matters a lot,” one student wrote.
Another wrote, “He is an excellent teacher, who teaches with great enthusiasm and interest by which the students get interest and knowledge in the class.”
The LTC this spring received 70 nominations of 50 unique faculty.
“We felt like it was something that would give students a chance to honor faculty campus wide,” LTC Director Dr. Darla Runyon said. “They can choose faculty they feel are good teachers and vote on the one they think is deserving of the award.”
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