Awang Receives Dyer Award for Teaching Excellence

photo of Dr. Awang

Dr. Faridah Awang, associate professor of corporate communication and technology, is the eighth annual recipient of the Jack L. Dyer Excellence in Teaching Award, presented by Eastern Kentucky University’s School of Business.

The Selection Committee noted that Awang’s “commitment to excellence in the classroom is supported by her consistent high evaluations from her students, peers and department chair.”     

Students also recommended Awang very highly. “Dr. Awang is a phenomenal professor,” said one student. “She is so passionate and concerned with us and how we are doing. I definitely took advantage of her availability. She was so helpful.”

“Dr. Awang is a very positive and upbeat professor but still challenging and requires a lot,” said another student.

Dr. Lana Carnes, chair of EKU’s Department of Management, Marketing and Administrative Communication, said: “One of Dr. Awang’s strengths in teaching is her desire and ability to bring real-world problems and cases into the classroom. Students in her classes have developed classroom projects, including websites and databases for regional businesses and nonprofit organizations. What better way to teach our students than involving them in active learning in the business world.”

“I’m very honored to receive this award when there are so many excellent teachers in the School of Business,” Awang said. “It’s so inspiring when students struggle with the subject matter and finally realize that ‘aha!’ moment – the moment when they have the capability to master complex problems and the ability to apply that to their personal and professional lives. In my 23 years of teaching in the United States and abroad, nine of them here at EKU, I enjoyed building relationships with my students and peers. You learn so much from each other – how to be a better teacher, facilitator, colleague.”

Awang receives a $1,000 cash award, an individual plaque, and will have her name inscribed on a permanently displayed plaque.

Dyer served the EKU business program for more than 30 years, including 13 as director of the University’s MBA program, before retiring in 2002.

Published on August 19, 2011