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Pedahzur Wins President's Associates Teaching Excellence Award

Government professor one of seven recipients

Posted: December 3, 2010

Ami Pedahzur, professor of Government, has won a 2010-11 President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award.

“As an Israeli teaching Middle Eastern politics and courses on suicide terrorism, he necessarily exposes himself to the possibility of charges of bias and runs the risk of offending students who may, understandably, hold strong opinions on these matters. It is little short of astonishing, therefore, to report that not only does he fail to generate student complaints, his courses are among the most popular in our department,” says Gary Freeman, chair of the Government Department.

Pedahzur’s books include “Jewish Terrorism in Israel,” “The Israeli Secret Services and the Struggle Against Terrorism,” and “Suicide Terrorism.” He founded and runs the TIGER Lab.

“My goals are to spark the students’ interest in political science, offer them a unique and challenging classroom experience, and provide them with the tools they need to deal with issues they will confront in the future, both during their studies and their professional lives. By this I mean how to clearly delineate a problem, suggest creative ways to explain it, and at the end adopt the most appropriate route to study it,” Pedahzur says.

Nominating Pedahzur for the award, College of Liberal Arts Dean Randy Diehl wrote, “Those lucky enough to enroll find themselves in the presence of a professor who believes deeply in exciting students and engaging them in the material, one who seeks to equip students to look at problems from various perspectives and then work out what they think the best solutions.”

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