Thursday, April 28, 2016

Dr. Hopkins receives UT Outstanding Teacher Award

Dr. Margaret M. Hopkins, an Associate Professor of Management in the College of Business and Innovation, was one of six professors throughout The University of Toledo who received a UT Outstanding Teacher Award in April.

Dr. Hopkins teaches leadership and management at the Executive MBA, MBA, and upper-undergraduate levels.  Her area of expertise is leadership and leadership development, including emotional intelligence, executive coaching and gender and leadership.

Dr. Margaret Hopkins
“I was notified about receiving this award through a phone call from UT Provost John Barrett,” Dr. Hopkins said.  “I feel honored and humbled.  I am honored to join such a distinguished group of educators.  I am humbled because there are so many outstanding, passionate and creative professors in my department, COBI and the university.”

“This recognition inspires me,” she continued.  “I especially want to thank my students.  This award is theirs as much as it is mine.  Teaching and learning are what we accomplish together.  I have learned a tremendous amount from them.  To have their sponsorship and support for this award makes it all the more special.”

One student who nominated Dr. Hopkins for the award wrote, “I am an older student who has been employed in the healthcare industry, and it is refreshing to see a college professor teaching exactly what is needed to be successful in the real world. Dr. Hopkins’ experience, methods, content delivery and professionalism speak exceptionally well for the University as well as prepares the student as well as I ‘ve seen at UT.”

Another nominator said, “It is the genuine empathy and compassion Dr. Hopkins has for her students that stands out. She is one of the most selfless people I’ve had the opportunity to meet, and it seems like her mission is to help students not only through education, but provide experience and advice that holds value far above what my tuition pays for.”

“It is a pleasure to work with colleagues in the College of Business & Innovation who have a passion for their work and who care deeply about their role as educators,” Dr. Hopkins said.  

“Michelangelo believed that every block of stone has a statue inside it, and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it,” she observed.  “I believe that like the sculptor’s blocks of stone, every student has within them a masterpiece waiting to be discovered and it is my mission to help them in their discovery.”