Texas Tech University

Dr. Liz Karam to be Admitted into the Texas Tech Teaching Academy

Trevor Bell

June 22, 2016

Dr. Liz Karam, assistant professor in the Area of Management, will be admitted to the Texas Tech Teaching Academy in September. Dr. Karam was nominated for this position by fellow Teaching Academy members - Dr. Keith Brigham, Area Coordinator and associate professor of management, and Dr. Claudia Cogliser, Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Graduate School, and associate professor of management - based on her outstanding teaching, involvement with the students, and commitment to fostering an effective learning environment both in and out of the classroom.

"I am honored to be admitted to the Texas Tech Teaching Academy. It is tremendously rewarding to engage our undergraduate and graduate students in the classroom, and I am excited to be more active in promoting the teaching mission of the university," she said.

In the Area of Management, Dr. Karam, who joined the Rawls College in 2012 and won the Texas Tech Alumni Association New Faculty Award in 2014, has taught human resource management, and leadership and ethics in the MBA program, and STEM MBA program, and she is a regular guest speaker in several courses at the undergraduate level.

Based on her previous professional experiences in both human resource management and banking, she tries to provide real-world value to her students. This is accomplished by utilizing a flipped classroom model to meet the learning objectives outlined in her syllabi, including cases, applied exercises, project-based learning, and extensive self-assessment and 360-degree coaching. In addition to her faculty responsibilities, she has volunteered to serve as a faculty mentor to students in the Rawls Business Leadership program since its inception in 2013.

"Dr. Karam works in a challenging context to deliver course content in a compressed semester format, yet continues to have students rave positively about her classes and teaching style. Students uniformly tell me their favorite, most meaningful, and most impactful course on their lives has been the leadership and ethics course with Dr. Karam.," Dr. Cogliser said. "With her as a member of the Teaching Academy, she can share her knowledge about innovative pedagogical techniques and how students can learn and lead."

The mission of the Teaching Academy is to advocate for teaching excellence, promote service related to the university's teaching mission, advise and mentor colleagues and others, and share knowledge about teaching strategies and their implementation as appropriate.

This supports the efforts outlined in the Rawls College of Business Strategic Plan. Learn more about the LEADER 2020 Strategic Plan and follow our progress on Twitter at #RawlsLeads.