An India-born professor, Murli Shanker, will be conferred the 'Distinguished Teaching Award 2006' by Kent State University, Ohio.
Shanker, an associate professor in Management and Information, along with two fellow professors, will be given the award on November 3 by the Kent State University Alumni Association.
Shanker, who has been teaching at the university since 1990, said he was "pleasantly shocked" by the alumni association's decision to give him the title of a distinguished teacher.
"I never came to teach. It was just an accident that I discovered I liked teaching. You go into it thinking you're going to do X, and you ending up doing Y," he told States Online.
The award, instituted in 1961, is given to professors who have been employed by any of the Kent State campuses for at least seven years.
Kent State University is a public research university and is the third largest in Ohio, after Ohio State University and the University of Cincinnati.