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Shohreh Hashemi, UHD associate professor of Computer Information Systems, helped many students earn their degrees remotely when she developed UHD's first online course, a senior project class in computer science.
"I wanted a course that would benefit students the most and this senior project class fit the bill," Hashemi said. She designed the course in the 1980's and personally paid for off-campus servers because UHD didn't have the technology to support the new course.
"This course is still one of my favorites because I am able to hold many different roles. I'm a teacher, a guide, a human resource specialist and a project manager for my students," she said. "It is a very fulfilling course with very professional students."
Along with teaching, Hashemi writes publications and conducts research in online learning models and Computer Information Systems. She has also actively participated in the UHD Faculty Senate and received several awards for her university involvement, including the 1990 UHD Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 1992 and 2008 UHD Award for Excellence in Service.
"I enjoy seeing the sparkle of discovery in students' eyes and watching them mature and gain self-confidence," Hashemi said. "I love what I do and it has been a pleasure teaching thousands of students over the years."
Hashemi said she enjoys teaching at UHD because the diversity of the students, faculty and staff makes the university unique.
Watching her students succeed is important to her and she encourages them to stay attentive during their studies and to keep their eyes focused on their goals.
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