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Hard work, integrity, and a passion for students is what Anisul Islam, a University of Houston-Downtown economics professor, values most in his professional life.
"I love working with students, especially at UHD where many students are first generation college students like me. This is a great motivator for me and I am always available to them," Islam said.
Islam has received more than 40 professional commendations, including UHD's Award for Excellence in Scholarly and Professional Activity, Award for Excellence in Service and Award for Excellence in Teaching.
"I am most thrilled by the teaching awards because I love teaching so much. I conduct research for my own love of learning, but teaching is the most rewarding part of my job," he said.
Islam was born in a rural area of Bangladesh, one of the most densely populated countries in the world, and orphaned at an early age. His uncle raised him and became his driving motivation to enter college—an unusual feat in his community.
"He was my role model. He was a high school headmaster and economics teacher," said Islam. "No one from my town went to college, but I wanted to be like my uncle and get an education to help improve my life."
A professor at UHD since 1990, Islam believes UHD is very welcoming and has a wonderful faculty that maintains a true focus on teaching and serving students.
"I try to give my best to students because I want them to know they can turn their lives around like I did with hard work, an accepting attitude and a high level of integrity," Islam said.
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Last updated or reviewed on 8/9/11