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Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching

Teaching Medal Award Winner

William Sharkey, headshot

William Sharkey

As a professor of speech, William Sharkey’s philosophy of teaching emphasizes three principles: develop and improve students’ critical thinking skills, encourage them to apply theories and concepts learned in class to their everyday interactions, and show students respect.

He has an open-door policy and has always been willing to meet with students outside of his weekly office hours.

A colleague notes, "Bill is a consummate teacher. He is always prepared, meticulous, fair and encouraging, while maintaining the highest standards for himself and his students."

The Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching is awarded by the Board of Regents as tribute to faculty members who exhibit an extraordinary level of subject mastery and scholarship, teaching effectiveness and creativity and personal values that benefit students. The board also awards the Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research.

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