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November 22, 2017

Etayankara Muralidharan receives 2017 Distinguished Teaching Award

Four faculty members received one of MacEwan University’s highest honours in 2017 for outstanding teaching and their commitment to education leadership. Ahna Berikoff, Sandy Jung, Etayankara (Murli) Muralidharan and Lisa Prichard are the most recent Distinguished Teaching Award recipients.

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Nominations for 2018 Distinguished Teaching Awards are open until December 15, 2017.


As a child, no way did I want to become a teacher. But after one kid and 22 years in the corporate world, I asked myself, “What am I doing in life?” I needed to give back. And that’s when I decided to come to Canada for my PhD.

Being around students is what I enjoy most about teaching and what motivates me. At the end of the day, I tell them, “You are a lot more intelligent than I am. The only difference between you and me is my gray hair and maybe my PhD.” I learn a lot from my students, as much as they learn from me. It’s a two-way process. I’m not a teacher—I’m a facilitator of their learning. I just share with them a perspective that has been tested by academics that they can use to save time instead of trying to reinvent the wheel.

If one of my students recognizes me after graduation, that is my greatest source of satisfaction. If they can remember me, that’s a sign that I have made an impact on them.

Etayankara (Murli) Muralidharan, Associate Professor, Bachelor of Commerce

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