HAYS, KS -- Dr. Ali Farahani, assistant professor of computer and information systems, has been named by a faculty recognition committee as the recipient of the Mediated Classroom Teacher Award for his performance in Fort Hays State University's College of Business and Leadership.
The faculty recognition program rewards outstanding teacher innovators and outstanding mediated classroom teachers from each of the four colleges of the university. Two other special awards -- Teacher/Scholar/Innovator of the Year and Faculty Advisor of the Year -- are also part of the program. Recipients are selected by a committee chaired or appointed by the respective college deans.
One award is given each month over the period August through May. Farahani is the recipient of the Mediated Classroom Teacher Award for January. He received a check for $300 and a university lapel pin that signifies teaching excellence. The university provides two-thirds of the financial award and the other third comes from Commerce Bank of Hays, which established a fund with the university to help recognize outstanding faculty teaching.
Farahani joined the FHSU faculty in 1996 as an assistant professor of mathematics and computer science, and he moved to the Department of Computer and Information Systems in fall 2000. That semester he began teaching four courses: Electronic Commerce, Information Systems Design, Programming Languages, and Introduction to Computer Information Systems. Electronic Commerce is a new course in the department, and he had the honor of being the first instructor to teach it.
"This course was very popular with both undergraduate and graduate students, and he did an excellent job," said Dr. Robert Meier, chair of the Department of Computer and Information Systems. "Dr. Farahani has been using mediated instruction regularly since joining the Fort Hays faculty. Having visited his classes personally in the fall semester, I know that he made extensive use of mediated instruction in all classes. I am confident that he will continue his commitment to mediated instruction, and I enthusiastically recommend him for the award."
Farahani earned a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from the University of Rhode Island, and he taught mathematics at the University of Rhode Island and at Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI, before coming to FHSU. He is a member of the American Mathematical Society.
Note: Ali is pronounced ah LEE, and Farahani is pronounced FAR ah HON ee.