Dr. Padmini Patwardhan, the Integrated Marketing Communications Coordinator at Winthrop, received two awards for excellence in teaching this year.
The first award, received in March, was the Charles H. Sandage Award for Teaching Excellence from the American Academy of Advertising. She received the second award, the Distinguished Teaching Award, on Aug. 11 from the advertising division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. “All my life I’ve always wanted to be an influencer. I always like to lead by example. I always like to share [knowledge]. I like to feel like I’m making a difference,” Patwardhan said.
Patwardhan worked in Advertising and Mass Communications before she came to the United States from India where she continued her work in the field. She is currently the Integrated Marketing Communications Coordinator of the Mass Communications department, and she teaches Mass Communication courses. “The joy of passing knowledge onto a new generation of professionals is what has always driven me to be an educator,” Patwardhan said.
Aside from teaching in the classroom, Patwardhan emphasized the importance of staying in touch with students after they graduate, maintaining connections, and being comfortable with colleagues.
“You are always at the cutting edge of knowledge,especially in our profession, things change so rapidly. Because you are at an educational institution, you are always learning,” Patwardhan said. She noted the role of social media in the world today as an example, and how people underestimated it influence in the future.
Senior Em Leamy is an advisee of Patwardhan. “Dr. Patwardhan has definitely been a huge driver behind my success at Winthrop. She always encourages you to go above and beyond. She has a really great sense of humor and is very knowledgeable about her field,” Leamy said.
Patwardhan encourages students to make the most of their college education, such as challenging your professors to give more information or improving yourself. “Education is not the curriculum or degree – it’s the process of learning. We’re not all good at everything. If you really keep seeking, you will find that you are good at something. And it’s that search that will make you a better student.”