UAAP Recognizes Faculty Excellence in Teaching and Advising

Leslie Bottari, Staff Associate, UAAP

UAAP is pleased to announce the selection of three distinguished MIT faculty for the 2016 Institute Convocation awards:

Arthur Smith Award for Distinguished Service to Student Life and Learning

Shankar Raman
Professor in Literature

The phrase “above and beyond” is woven through each nomination letter about Professor Raman. One said he “is the embodiment of what MIT needs in faculty—a thoughtful and caring individual willing to participate, to learn, to educate, and to advise.” An alumnus with degrees in both Course 6 and Literature, he has developed innovative interdisciplinary subjects like Global Shakespeares and the Art of the Probable. Says another nominator, Ramar “brings this kind of commitment to undergraduates and their education to all aspects of his MIT career, year-in and year-out.”

Everett Moore Baker Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Srinivas Devadas
Edwin Sibley Webster Professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Devadas is passionate about teaching, and is able to “make the material in his courses come alive with his excitement.” His enthusiasm is contagious, and is evident is his use of humor and games during lectures. Students noted that Devadas gives individual attention to students, and engages with them both inside and outside of the classroom. One nominator wrote, “His ability to create a supportive class environment helps his students to feel more confident and to grow their love of learning.”

Earll M. Murman Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising

Michael Short
Assistant Professor in Nuclear Science and Engineering

A fellow professor in Course 22 noted that he has never seen anyone in his career more dedicated to advising undergraduate students than Short. According to one nominator, “He works hard with each student to identify the sources of difficulty in his/her academic lives.” “Students appreciate him for listening, his practical guidance, as well as the uplifting spirit to see the positive sides of the challenges and trials at MIT.” A student nominator said, “He has had a profound effect on my academic and personal life at MIT. His openness in difficult conversation is a welcome change of pace from the isolating environment sometimes observed. His patience with a hands-on teaching approach and experience in the face of failure have both been crucial to my continued success.”