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Blinn instructor named national adjunct of the year

Shaan Shahabuddin honored for dynamic teaching style, dedication to students

March 2, 2016

Shaan Shahabuddin A Blinn College instructor has been named adjunct of the year by the American Association of Adjunct Education for his dynamic teaching style and dedication to students.

Psychology instructor Shaan Shahabuddin received the award Feb. 25 during the Texas Community College Teachers Association (TCCTA) convention in Houston.

The honor is annually awarded to part-time college faculty who exhibit outstanding service, scholarship and leadership within their colleges and communities. Shahabuddin was nominated by fellow Blinn psychology professor Katherine Wickes.

Shahabuddin holds a bachelor’s of general psychology from Texas A&M University, a master’s of general psychology from Stephen F. Austin University and is currently working on his doctorate in educational leadership from Texas A&M. He took an interest in psychology as a teenager and developed a passion for teaching in college.

“I remember what it felt like as an undergrad when the material was interesting, but the class wasn’t fun,” Shahabuddin said. “I don’t want that to be the case for my psychology students. I love making it fun. Whether they pursue psychology or not, they can say they enjoyed it, learned a lot, and hopefully apply it in whatever they do.”

Shahabuddin volunteers with Blinn’s Psi Beta Psychology Club, which hosts speakers and social events, and engages in community service and educational field trips.

Last February, Shahabuddin was selected to present his research on the science of risk-taking at the Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA) conference in Wichita, Kan. Shahabuddin and psychology professors Wickes and Benjamin White inspired students to submit their own research posters, which have been accepted by the SWPA for presentation at this year’s conference April 8-10 in Dallas.

“Blinn opened a door that led to a dozen opportunities—Psychology Club, grants, scholarships, nominations—that all happened because someone at Blinn believed in me,” Shahabuddin said.