News at Medicine - May 2013 - Dr. Shakti Chandra awarded the Excellent in Teaching Award by MUNSU


Dr. Shakti Chandra awarded the Excellent in Teaching Award by MUNSU
May 23, 2013
Dr. Shakti Chandra, an associate professor of anatomy, was presented with an Excellence in Teaching Award on April 8, 2013, at a presentation ceremony organized by Memorial University’s Student Union (MUNSU).
 
Dr. Shakti Chandra, an associate professor of anatomy, was presented with an Excellence in Teaching Award on April 8, 2013, at a presentation ceremony organized by Memorial University’s Student Union (MUNSU).

The award recognizes outstanding dedication to students and to the pursuit of teaching on campus. The Excellence in Teaching award is awarded to individuals who possess qualities such as approachability, fairness and communicability.  These people have a record of being open, of listening to students but most importantly supporting students and assisting them in their academic lives.
 
“I think that the most important part of teaching is to help students learn,” said Dr. Chandra. “You can teach all you want, but what really counts is helping the students learn – whether it’s making it easier for them to see things or helping them understand by relating it to simple examples. I am very honoured to have received this award.”
 
The Excellence in Teaching Award is intended to give students the opportunity to give back to those who have had an impact on their lives. These are the only awards for faculty and staff at the university granted solely from students. Dr. Chandra was nominated for the award by her first year medical students.


Dr. Shakti Chandra with first year medical students.

Front row (left to right): Patrick von Wiegen, Muna Lougheed, Dr. Shakti Chandra, Mimi Pukulakatt
Back row (left to right): Gina Colbourne, Matthew Bown, Ankur Ralhan, Alison Howley, Stuart Gill, Siobhan Kavanagh, Matthew Mosseler, Alysha Mehta