Scheherazade Rehman, professor of international business and international affairs, was among five George Washington University faculty members honored on April 20 with the Oscar and Shoshanna Trachtenberg Faculty Prize. Rehman’s award recognizes her excellence in teaching. She is the first faculty member from GWSB to receive the award.
Rehman’s ability to present international business concepts in a relevant and engaging manner has earned consistent praise from her students. “Professor Rehman completely reshapes students’ thinking about the world and is relentless in her desire for students to truly understand the material,” said Professor of Geography and International Affairs Marie Price, a 2005 Trachtenberg Prize winner and presenter of the 2011 awards. The prizes are endowed by former GW President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg in memory of his parents and their respect for higher education.
“It’s when you see the light go off – that ah-ha moment – that the students get self-motivated. I don’t have to push them,” Rehman said. “Students come up with innovative ideas. They keep you on your toes.”
This is the third university-wide award that Rehman has won. She received her PHD from GW in 1992, her MBA in 1989 and her BA from GW in 1985.
Former Dean Susan Phillips was recognized with the new emeriti faculty award, and Hossein G. Askari, Iran professor of international business, was recognized for his 25 years of continuous full-time service to GW.
Other faculty members from around the university were also honored for their scholarship and service. Trachtenberg Prizes for scholarship were presented to Eric Cline, associate professor classics and anthropology, and Michael Bukrinsky, professor of microbiology/tropical medicine and biochemistry/molecular biology. Charles Garris Jr., professor of engineering, and Teresa Murphy, associate professor of American studies, received prizes for university service.
GW President Steven Knapp praised the university’s faculty for creating a “community of scholars” both among themselves and among the students they teach. “We recognize that our primary achievement as an institution is the caliber of the students we send out into the world,” said Dr. Knapp. “And at its core, the university depends on the greatness of our faculty.”
The award ceremony also recognized winners of other prestigious university awards.
A complete listing of award winners is available here.