Professor Tsai Honored with Distinguished Teaching Award for Graduate/Professional Schools

The UC Davis Academic Senate and Federation has honored top scholars campuswide, including Professor Chih-Ling Tsai for his excellence in teaching advanced statistics. His nomination letter, signed by 16 current and former students, talks about how Tsai teaches far more than just time series analysis and linear models—he teaches from the heart. He emphasizes discussion and digestion of the material to help students build confidence and develop creativity and independent thinking skills. Colleagues laud Tsai’s holistic approach, which combines practical knowledge with lessons in empathy, morality, ingenuity, and persistence. Tsai has enormously impacted his students’ educations and lives; indeed, students at the Graduate School of Management have voted him “Teacher of the year” 15 times in his 30 years of teaching at UC Davis.

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