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Columbia College professor earns Trustees Teaching Award

COLUMBIA, Mo., May 28 - Dr. Ahoo Tabatabai, assistant professor of sociology, has been awarded the 2014 Columbia College Trustees Award for Teaching Excellence. This annual award honors a full-time faculty member who has demonstrated consistent excellence in the classroom and teaches rigorous classes with high academic expectations.

“Dr. Tabatabai is highly regarded by her students and colleagues,” said Dr. Terry Smith, executive vice president and dean for Academic Affairs. “She works diligently to engage her students and inspire them to think critically about gender and family roles in society.”

Each spring, the college’s Student Government Association nominates three faculty members who they consider to be outstanding teachers. The president, dean for Academic Affairs and the president of the faculty association make the final selection. The winner was announced at the annual Honors and Awards Convocation in April. Tabatabai also received a cash award.

Tabatabai earned a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree in women’s studies and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Cincinnati. She joined Columbia College in 2011 and currently teaches courses on family, gender and narratives of identity.

Founded in 1851 in Columbia, Mo., Columbia College has been helping students advance their lives through higher education for more than 160 years. As a private, nonprofit, liberal arts and sciences institution, the college takes pride in its small classes, experienced faculty and quality educational programs. With more than 30 campuses across the country, 18 of which are on military installations, students may enroll in day, evening or online classes. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Columbia College educates more than 31,000 students each year and has more than 80,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit