Dec 062012

Thursday, December 6, 2

East Carolina University has selected a College of Business faculty member as its fall commencement speaker.

Ravi Paul, an associate professor in the Department of Management Information Systems, will speak during the ceremony scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 14 in Williams Arena.

ECU Associate Professor Ravi Paul (photo by Jay Clack, ECU)

The event begins with a band concert, followed by the commencement program at 10 a.m., according to an ECU news release.

More than 2,190 students are expected to receive their degrees, including about 1,600 bachelor degree candidates and 591 graduate degree candidates, of which one is from the Brody School of Medicine.

Paul received the University of North Carolina Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching during ECU’s annual Founders Day and University Awards Celebration in April. The annual award honors one recipient at each of the 16 campuses in the UNC system.

“As I continue to strive to become a better teacher, I have come to realize that teaching involves much more than the actual time spent in contact with students,” he wrote in his philosophy of teaching statement. “In addition to a strong, guiding teaching philosophy, it involves keeping current … so that I can incorporate appropriate changes into the classroom and into the curriculum.”

Students will “rise to the level of expectation we hold for them,” he said, and he aims to maintain and communicate these high expectations while fostering a caring, encouraging learning environment.

In addition to the UNC Board of Governors award, Paul has received other teaching honors, including the ECU Alumni Association’s Robert L. Jones Award for Outstanding Teaching, College of Business Commerce Club Teaching Excellence Award and New Faculty Teaching Award, and ECU Scholar-Teacher Award.

Before joining ECU in 2003, Paul taught at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He earned both his master’s and doctoral degrees from Clemson University and his bachelor’s degree from Bangalore University in India.

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via The Daily Reflector.


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