Distinguished Teaching Award to Fatma TaşkınAssociate Professor Fatma Taşkın received one of the 2012 Distinguished Teaching Award, an award she very much deserved with her outstanding teaching and for tremendous contributions to her students' academic and intellectual development, as well to her colleagues in the department. Bilkent News asked Fatma Taşkın for her thoughts on receiving this award, which she shared as follows: ''I am delighted and greatly honored to receive this prestigious teaching award.
This award means a lot to me, especially since it is shared by many faculty members, both junior and senior, at the university, whose teaching and attitudes toward the teaching profession continue to inspire me and make me want to move my teaching skills forward.
I would like to thank the past and present students I have encountered over 20 years at Bilkent University. Their intelligence, curiosity and zest for life and learning have made my profession interesting and challenging. It has been an absolute privilege to learn with them. My goal has been to provide them the intellectual stimulus, the respect they deserve, and the encouragement to become the best they can be. It is most inspiring to see students who come to the university a bit unsure of themselves, with many questions about the world, in a matter of a few years gain confidence in their abilities and become individuals who are productive and contributing members of society.
Bilkent University, with its pursuit of excellence in teaching, as well as in research, provides an environment that encourages all students and faculty members to give their best performances. Hence I would like to thank the university for running everything smoothly and efficiently and creating an atmosphere that is most conducive to a great learning/teaching experience. Last but not least, I would like to give my special thanks to my colleagues for nominating me and supporting my candidacy for this wonderful and meaningful award.''