Amit Reddi is one of three College of Sciences junior faculty to win Georgia Tech’s 2019 CTL/BP Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award. Jointly supported by the Center for Teaching and Learning and BP America, the award recognizes the excellent teaching and educational innovations that junior faculty bring to campus.
Reddi was recently promoted to associate professor in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He teaches the core courses in the biochemistry curriculum. His teaching – based on a philosophy of personalized learning and educational environment for every student – has impressed colleagues and students alike.
“He is regarded by students at all levels as demonstrating a consistent combination of stimulating and challenging instruction balanced by genuine respect and care for his students,” a colleague says. “This is a winning formula to promote student successs.
Another colleague notes Reddi’s natural ability to connect with students in the classroom. “He has a friendly, relaxed presentation style, which puts students at ease and encourages student contributions without sacrificing rigor,” this colleague says. “His knowledge of material and cogent delivery allow him to connect biochemistry fundamentals to their broader biological context.”
"I have come to realize that educating young minds is perhaps the most immediate, direct, and profound impact that we can make to shape the world."
Students are equally full of praise for Reddi’s teaching.
“He taught biochemistry in such a way that I nearly changed my major,” one student says.
“He always took the time after class to answer questions,” another student says. “During office hours, he would very patiently explain concepts that students needed help with. He was always caring about his students’ understanding of biochemistry.”
“Dr. Reddi is a dedicated professor who is always looking to facilitate learning and guide students professionally,” says a student who is now in graduate school. “The skills I learned from him have opened invaluable opportunities for my career.”
“Many of us, including myself, came to Georgia Tech to make the world a better place through our research and discoveries,” Reddi says. “Whether we are ultimately successful is often unclear. I have come to realize that educating young minds is perhaps the most immediate, direct, and profound impact that we can make to shape the world.”