Arvind Krishna, a Ph.D. student in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE), has been recognized with one of three 2021 Graduate Student Instructor of the Year awards by Georgia Tech’s Center for Teaching and Learning. He was first chosen as the 2021 Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor by the ISyE Academic Office, which then nominated Krishna for the Institute-level award.
When asked to describe his pedagogical style, Krishna said, “I tend to use everyday examples to teach concepts. This enables all students, irrespective of their background, to relate to the concepts and motivates them to engage in class. I use all the other ‘best teaching practices’ as well, such as active learning, multimodal learning, feedback-oriented learning, and so on. However, just following these practices from the book is not sufficient. One needs to realize that teaching is two-way learning. While the students learn the course content, the instructor needs to learn about the students, and constantly adapt their teaching to make it optimal for the students and the circumstances. Teaching a class is an operations research problem, and the instructor should seek the optimal solution, not merely a feasible one.
“Being a good teacher complements my research,” he continued. “It scrutinizes my understanding of concepts, keeps my knowledge-breadth up-to-date, and trains me to effectively communicate my research ideas. It also provides me the satisfaction of giving back to society. I am very glad to win this award, as it confirms the choice of my career path and motivates me to continue thinking about novel teaching ideas.”
Krishna received this award in a virtual ceremony on April 21, 2021. He will join Northwestern University’s Statistics Department in Fall 2021, as an assistant professor of instruction. One of his primary responsibilities will be to develop the university’s data science curriculum.
H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering