Yan Chen wins Excellence in Instruction award

Professor Yan Chen was presented with the UMSI 2013 Excellence in Instruction award by acting dean Tom Finholt at the school’s faculty/staff meeting on September 11. Initiated in 2009, the award recognizes those faculty in the clinical, research and tenure tracks who have best exemplified UMSI's commitment to share knowledge so that people will use information – with technology – to build a better world. The award recipient is chosen by the Dean’s Advisory Committee, an elected body selected by the School’s governing faculty.

“Yan's selection recognizes her exceptional efforts on behalf of the MSI curriculum and the doctoral program,” Finholt said. “She teaches the core courses in the incentive-centered design specialization and does so at an exceptionally high level.”

The award also highlights her contributions as a doctoral student advisor who has graduated several students who have gone on to achieve excellent positions. She has initiated a popular experimental design seminar for PhD students.

Yan Chen joined the School of Information in 2002 as an associate professor and was promoted to the rank of professor in 2008. She is also a research professor in the Institute for Social Research and associate director of the Smith Experimental Economics Research Center, Shanghai Jiaotong University. She holds a doctorate in social science from the California Institute of Technology. She is president-elect of the Economic Science Association, a professional organization devoted to using controlled experiments to learn about economic behavior.

Posted on Friday, September 13, 2013.