Teng named one of Ten Outstanding Faculty nationwide
Nominated by Kappa Alpha Theta fraternity at MIT



MIT professor Emma Teng is one of Ten Outstanding Faculty honored nationwide by Kappa Alpha Theta fraternity for women. She was chosen for the award from more than 110 nominations submitted from across the United States and Canada.

“I have taught between 20-30 Thetas in the past several years, so I'm really touched by this honor,” said Teng, who was nominated for the honor last spring by the fraternity’s Zeta Mu chapter at MIT. Teng is the T.T. and Wei Fong Chao professor of Asian civilizations and associate professor of Chinese studies within MIT’s School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.

A commitment to students' success 

In informing Teng of the award, the MIT Thetas noted, “You were nominated by our chapter because of your passion for inspiring your students, as well as your dedication to your own personal values. Additionally, our chapter selected you because of your commitment towards ensuring that each and every one of your students is able to succeed academically and also live a balanced life.”

Superb research and teaching

Teng’s success in the classroom is well known. She received the Institute's highest undergraduate teaching honor earlier this year when she was named a MacVicar Faculty Fellow. At that time, Deborah K. Fitzgerald, Kenan Sahin Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, said, “Emma Teng embodies the best combination of qualities—top-notch research on Asian and Asian-American identities and histories with hands-on, deeply effective teaching and mentoring of students. Whether in History, Foreign Languages and Literatures, or Women’s and Gender Studies, Emma puts it all together for MIT students.”


Suggested links

Story at Kappa Alpha Theta website 

Teng Webpage | Foreign Languages and Literatures

Teng awarded MacVicar Faculty Fellowship

Teng Profile




Story prepared by MIT SHASS Communications
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Photographer: Jon Sachs
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