Professor believes education should be a beacon of light in students’ lives

Headshot of Iddrisu Awudu


ddrisu Awudu, professor of management in the School of Business, encourages his students to ask questions and think critically about everything they study in class — whether on ground or virtually. 

When the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world, Awudu stepped up to the challenge by supporting his students and working diligently to ensure his students continued to stay on track during the uncertain times.

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“Switching to online learning had actually spurred more class participation, and allowed Professor Awudu to ask more questions and encourage participation to a larger degree than in the physical classroom,” Ryan Smith’20 said of the transition during the COVID-19 pandemic. “He had the most seamless transition out of all my classes, and really tried make the students’ lives easier as we all struggled through this difficult time.”

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“My passions are influenced by an over-arching principle of positive impact whenever possible,” Awudu said. “Not only do I strive for my students’ academic success, their professional success and their pursuit of higher degrees are dear to my endeavors and discussions with students.”

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“This is a collective effort and a result of the teaching guidance and mentorship I receive from my colleagues in the School of Business, in particular, and Quinnipiac, in general. The award is dedicated to everyone who teaches at Quinnipiac and decides to light a candle in a student's life than curse the darkness,” Awudu said.