Regents' Outstanding
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Ramesh K. S. Rao, D.B.A.

McDermott Professor of Banking and Finance

Department of Finance

McCombs School of Business

UT Austin

I believe that as a teacher I have a great opportunity -- indeed a responsibility -- to positively influence my students' lives. Good teaching is far more than the effective transfer of knowledge from instructor to student. It is, more importantly, a transformative social process. By connecting with students during the learning process a teacher has the potential to inspire, spark imagination, illustrate patterns of critical thinking and build their self-confidence. My "secret" to motivating students has been to constantly search for ways to try to get them to see some subject matter that is of interest to me as also being of relevance to them.