Michael Podgursky selected as Kemper Fellow for Teaching Excellence

Michael Podgursky

Professor Michael Podgursky was awarded a 2017 William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence. The fellowship, which includes a $10,000 stipend, is awarded to five outstanding MU teachers each year. It was established in 1991 with a $500,000 gift.

Below are some testimonials from a few of Podgursky's former students and teaching assistants. Read the full profile on Podgursky's award here.

Nicholas Pretnar, former teaching assistant: “I spent the summers of 2015 and 2016 helping Dr. Podgursky plan a new curriculum for microeconomics with more than 450 students per section. Dr. Podgursky’s willingness to listen and collaborate with students about how to improve this course demonstrates that even as a tenured professor with many years of experience, he is humbly open to adapting his pedagogical approach to accommodate students’ ever-changing needs. His teaching methods are inspiring students to think critically about the real-world implications of economic principles.”

Helen Bass, former student: “When I was a student in his introductory microeconomics class, Dr. Podgursky seemed to me like the archetypal university professor — constantly trailing chalk dust, excited about his subject and passionate about passing his excitement down to students. His quirky personality and attempts to use pop culture references — we were frequently inundated with Justin Bieber jokes — made students feel comfortable enough to pepper the conversation with their own thoughts and experiences. Professor Podgursky creates a dynamic learning environment in which both professor and students bring knowledge to the table and learn together.”

Amy Esker, former student: “Although economics was an entirely new subject to me, I looked forward to attending lectures each week because Dr. Podgursky brought the material to life. When Dr. Podgursky enters the classroom, his enthusiasm is obvious and contagious. I would not be where I am today without him.”

Read more about the Kemper Award here.