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Santanu Chatterjee named a Josiah Meigs Teaching Professor

Monday, May 14, 2018 - 3:41pm
Santanu Chatterjee talks to students during one of this lectures.

Santanu Chatterjee, director of the Full-Time MBA Program and associate professor of economics, was one of three faculty members honored as Meigs Professors on April 16 at the 2018 Faculty Recognition Banquet. The professorship is the university’s highest recognition for instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Meigs Professors receive a permanent salary increase of $6,000 and a one-year fund of $1,000 for academic support.

Chatterjee’s teaching style has proven to be engaging for students whether the courses are introductory or at the graduate level. His former students have praised him for his versatility in the classroom.

“He brings in personal experiences to give useful, interesting and often entertaining insights to the material,” said one student about Chatterjee’s Growth and Development course. “Thanks to his style of teaching, the amount of class involvement and discussion in this class has been much higher than any other Terry class I’ve been in.”

Chatterjee’s work extends far beyond what is expected of him.

Former student Mark Kelly said the professor pushed him to continue his studies in macroeconomics and set aside time for him when he needed extra help.

“Despite his busy teaching schedule and additional responsibilities as the department’s graduate coordinator, Dr. Chatterjee offered to meet with me one-on-one for a yearlong independent study of growth theory,” Kelly said.

Chatterjee’s work also has helped students who have graduated and started their careers.

A faculty member at UGA for 16 years, Chatterjee has taught more than 10 courses in four academic programs, including study abroad programs in Costa Rica, China and Peru. He also has had a large role in the curriculum and program development for both undergraduates and doctoral students at the university.

Additionally, Chatterjee has served as the director of the Full-Time MBA program since August 2014 and has helped to create new dual degree programs with the College of Engineering, the School of Law, the College of Pharmacy and a 2+2 deferred MBA program for UGA undergraduates.

He also has overseen the development of two new graduate programs that will launch in fall 2018: the Master of Science in Business Analytics and a one-year MBA for STEM undergraduates at UGA. These programs promote interdisciplinary education and graduate enrollment at the university.

In 2016, Chatterjee established the Full-Time MBA program’s first curriculum advisory board and the Silicon Valley Advisory Council.

These boards currently are working with Terry faculty members to make the MBA program’s curriculum more market-driven and improve the student experience, both in and out of the classroom, as well as expand employment opportunities for students in the program.

In addition to Chatterjee, Michael Marshall, a professor of art, and Patricia Richards, a professor of sociology and women's studies, were also named Meigs Professors. 

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