May 19, 2019

Real World Dean Receives 2019 NYU Distinguished Teaching Award

Assistant Dean of Real World and Preston Robert Tisch Institute for Global Sport, Clinical Associate Professor of Sports Management, David Hollander, received the 2019 NYU Distinguished Teaching Award.  The NYU Distinguished Teaching Award is the highest annual honor a faculty can receive at NYU. Only 6 of 6,000  full time professors are chosen. The award recognizes full-time faculty members who have contributed significantly to the intellectual life of the University through their teaching. Recipients of the Award have a demonstrated record of outstanding teaching effectiveness in and outside the classroom, as well as the ability to inspire, promote, and sustain the intellectual development of their students. These faculty members often demonstrate a pedagogical approach that is innovative and intellectually rigorous, creative, and engaging. In addition, their scholarly and professional contributions foster critical thinking, challenging their students in new and unique ways. He is the first SPS professor to win the award in over 20 years. Since joining NYU SPS in 2008, Hollander has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to exceptional teaching and student mentoring inside and outside the classroom. He has been noted to explore “big questions,” while shaping his students’ fundamental lifelong learning habits of inquiry. His innovative teaching style is at its core, student-centered, often employing the flipped classroom. His work in the construction of groundbreaking experiential curriculum -- SPS Real World -- , through partnerships with the Nike, Porsche, Ace Hotel. New York Jets, JetBlue Airways, FOX Sports, CNBC, Instagram, and many more, has created incomparable, interdisciplinary, hands-on, problem solving  experiences for students in all NYU SPS programs. Hollander’s most recent creation, an undergraduate liberal arts elective -- “How Basketball Can Save the World” -- has attracted international media attention. In addition to his involvement in the classroom and environs, Hollander serves as an NYU Faculty Fellow in Residence, one of 33 across NYU who are selected through a competitive process. In this role, he provides students from across the University with personally curated intellectual, cultural, and social programming. In all facets of his work at NYU, Hollander has been recognized as a leader, an innovator, and a member of the NYU faculty sui generis. Hollander earned a juris doctor in law review from Quinnipiac University School of Law and a BA in philosophy from Brandeis University.

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