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Merhi awarded 2023 IU South Bend Distinguished Teaching Award

News Release Nov 21, 2023

Mohammad Merhi poses with his Distinguished Teaching award alongside Jill Pearon Dr. Mohammad Merhi, Professor of Decision Sciences in the Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics, has been honored with the 2023 IU South Bend Distinguished Teaching Award.

Since joining IU South Bend, Merhi has taught and designed a collection of courses, revised the MBA curriculum to include more analytics-based courses and co-created both a minor and a graduate certificate in business analytics.

“Mohammad is a firm believer in active learning techniques, most notably the flipped classroom, in which students learn the course material through readings and recordings outside the classroom so they have time for group work, problem solving and discussion during class time,” said IU South Bend Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Jill Pearon. “He has mastered the tricky balance of requiring more effort from his students while also motivating them to want to do it.”

In course evaluations, students often talk about Merhi’s passion and interest in their success.

“He teaches using a variety of different methods that keep you engaged in the learning process. His class challenged me, and I learned more useful things in this class than any other course I am taking,” one student wrote.

Another student said, “He has a true passion for his students’ growth and understanding of the material and how it can be utilized beyond the classroom. He is not teaching a course; he is preparing his students to be more impactful and marketable in their current and future careers.”

During his time at IU South Bend, Merhi has earned six teaching-related grants and won the Association for Information Systems Award for Innovation in Teaching. His IU awards include being inducted into the Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching (FACET) in 2021 and receiving the FACET Innovate Award for Creative Uses of Online Tools in 2022.

IU South Bend recognitions include the Teaching Excellence Award in the business school every year from 2015-2022, the SGA Educator of the Year Teaching Award in 2018 and the Trustee Teaching Award in 2017, 2020 and 2023. He received the Distinguished Research Award earlier this year.

Winners of the Distinguished Teaching Award must have a consistent record of outstanding performance as rated by administrators and students; implement techniques that motivate student learning; demonstrate concern for students and their education; and mentor students and colleagues outside the classroom.

Past winners include:

  • 2022 | Christina Gerken | Women’s and Gender Studies
  • 2021 | Jamie Smith | Political Science
  • 2020 | Kathleen Sullivan | School of Education
  • 2018 | Carolyn Schult | Psychology
  • 2017 | Catherine Borshuk | Psychology
  • 2015 | April Lidinsky | Women’s and Gender Studies
  • 2015 | James VanderVeen | Sociology and Anthropology
  • 2014 | Gary Kern | Business and Economics
  • 2013 | Rebecca Brittenham | English
  • 2012 | Yi Cheng | Mathematical Sciences
  • 2011 | Gwendolyn Mettetal | Education/Psychology
  • 2009 | Isabel O’Connor | History
  • 2008 | Douglas Agbetsiafa | Business and Economics
  • 2007 | Neovi Karakatsanis | Political Science
  • 2005 | Gail McGuire | Sociology and Anthropology
  • 2004 | Elisabeth (Betsy) Lucal | Sociology and Anthropology
  • 2003 | Rebecca Torstrick | Sociology and Anthropology
  • 2001 | P.N. Saksena | Business and Economics
  • 2000 | Suzanne J. Konzelmann | Business and Economics
  • 1998 | Patricia McNeal | Women’s and Gender Studies
  • 1997 | Morteza Shafii-Mousavi | Mathematics
  • 1996 | Gretchen Anderson | Chemistry
  • 1995 | Scott Sernau | Sociology and Anthropology
  • 1994 | John McIntosh | Psychology
  • 1993 | Mike F. Keen | Sociology and Anthropology
  • 1992 | Sandra Winicur | Biological Sciences
  • 1991 | Randall M. Isaacson | Education
  • 1990 | John M. Lewis | Political Science
  • 1989 | Roy Schreiber | History 

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