April 2, 2018

CARTERVILLE — Never mind that Dr. Rupa Chandrashekar is a psychology instructor at John A. Logan College, her smile alone will change the behavior of anyone having a difficult day.

“Her positive day-to-day outlook on life is infectious,” said Dr. Ron House, president of John A. Logan College. “I’ve had many people tell me how she always brings joy to our campus.”

“Dr. Rupa” — as she is known in class and throughout campus — has been chosen by her peers at John A. Logan College’s 2018 “Part-time Faculty of the Year Award” recipient.

Rupa has been teaching at Logan for 10 years.

While Rupa says she is honored by the award, nothing brings her greater joy than what she does in the classroom.

“Teaching is what I love to do,” Rupa said. “Observing the spark in students as they learn is truly rewarding. I strive to provide students with necessary tools to reach their goals. This is through engaging them, illustrating how psychology is related in their lives, and conveying my passion for psychology.”

Rupa added, “Each student has his or her own learning style. Therefore, to engage students and to illustrate my passion, I use various teaching methods including discussions and hands-on activities. I also believe it is important to encourage students’ questions. This allows the classroom to be a platform for exploring ideas. In being challenged and expressing opinions freely, students can see how psychology is relevant to their lives.”