Tuesday, December 9, 2014

UNO Alumni Association Announces 2013-14 Excellence in Teaching Awards

Harsha Chacko, professor of hospitality, restaurant and tourism administration, won the University of New Orleans 2013-2014 Excellence in Teaching Award Harsha Chacko, University of New Orleans professor of hotel, restaurant and tourism administration

The University of New Orleans International Alumni Association announced that the winners of the 2013-14 Excellence in Teaching Awards are Harsha Chacko; a professor of hotel, restaurant and tourism administration; and Leslie White; an associate professor of English.

Each year up to two awards are bestowed upon faculty members who exhibit excellence in teaching. The winners are chosen by a selection committee that is comprised of one student and one faculty member from each of the five academic colleges, as well as a representative of the UNO International Alumni Association.

Both Chacko and White have taught at the University of New Orleans for 31 years, and both impressed the committee with their dedication to inspiring students as instructors, mentors and advisors. The winners will receive a cash award of $2,000.

Chacko, a faculty member in the Lester E. Kabacoff School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration, specializes in hospitality and tourism marketing and management. He has published articles in a number of journals including Tourism Management, Journal of Travel and Tourism Marketing, and the Cornell Hotel and Restaurant Administration Quarterly. He has been involved in several New Orleans area tourism research projects including studies for the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, French Quarter Festival, Inc., the Louisiana Office of Tourism and the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation.

Les White, University of New Orleans associate professor of EnglishLes White, University of New Orleans associate professor of English

"Harsha Chacko's quality instruction and genuine concern for his students are acknowledged by his peers and demonstrated by the strength of our alumni and his students' success," wrote David Pearlman, associate professor of hotel, restaurant and tourism administration, in a nomination letter.

White teaches freshmen, undergraduate and graduate level English courses. His area of specialization is Victorian literature. He has published scholarly articles on authors Bobbie Ann Mason, Robert Browning, Oscar Wilde and E.M. Forster. The nomination committee received recommendations for White that noted his exceptional enthusiasm, knowledge and preparation, responsiveness to students, and fairness in grading.

"For decades, Les White has intellectually nurtured our students in roughly 180 classes at all levels," wrote Peter Schock, professor and chair of English, in a nomination letter. "Outside of the classroom, he has been tirelessly devoted to them as well."


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