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VIDEO: Sherali Zeadally Seizes Opportunity to Shape the Lives of UK Students

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 21, 2017) — When you hear Sherali Zeadally teaching, it's obvious he has a passion for helping students learn. 

"Teaching is one of the very few professions that actually gives someone the opportunity to have a profound impact," said Zeadally, a winner of the 2017 Great Teacher Award.

Click on the video above to watch the moment Zeadally realized he won this prestigious teaching award and why he hopes to have an impact on students beyond the realm of academics.  

Zeadally is an associate professor in the School of Information Science in the UK College of Communication and Information. He has edited or authored six books as well as over 20 international peer-reviewed international conference or workshop proceedings, and authored or co-authored more than 277 refereed publications including 164 international peer-reviewed journal papers and 32 refereed book chapters. He has also co-guest-edited over 30 special issues of international refereed journals. Zeadally is the editor-in-chief of two peer-reviewed international journals. He also currently serves as associate editor or editorial board member for more than 25 international refereed journals.

In addition to a 2016 University Research Professor Award, in the last five years, Zeadally was the recipient of one other university award, 11 international awards and two national awards.

He earned his doctoral degree in computer science at the University of Buckingham, England, and conducted postdoctoral work at the School of Engineering at the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles. He joined the faculty of the UK School of Information Science in 2013. Zeadally’s research focuses on computer network and information security.

The Great Teacher Award, started in 1961, is the longest-running University of Kentucky award recognizing teaching. In order to receive the award, educators must first be nominated by a student. The UK Alumni Association Great Teacher Award Committee, in cooperation with the student organization Omicron Delta Kappa, then makes the final selections. Recipients receive an engraved plaque and a monetary reward.

The UK Alumni Association is a membership supported organization committed to fostering lifelong engagement among alumni, friends, the association and the university. For more information about the UK Alumni Association or to become a member, visit or call 1-800-269-2586.

This is a photo of Sherali Zeadally, professor in the UK College of Communication and Information
This is a photo of Sherali Zeadally, professor in the UK College of Communication and Information

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