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Monzurul Hoque honored with 2004 Saint Xavier University Award

Graham School professor of finance has developed a theory of ‘connected intelligence’

CHICAGO (Dec. 3, 2004) – Professor Monzurul Hoque, who teaches finance at Saint Xavier’s Graham School of Management, today was recognized as this year’s Saint Xavier University Award honoree. Each year, this award is presented to an outstanding faculty member at Saint Xavier’s annual Founders’ Day celebration.

“Generous. Thoughtful. Levelheaded. Insightful,” was how Hoque’s nominator described him. “In his work, Hoque considers the future of programs that should serve our students and society.”

Hoque has also developed a theory of “connected intelligence.” Through empirical tests of his theory, Hoque intends to devise a new method of teaching that can be applied not only to his area of finance but also to other disciplines. His approach to gathering information and to problem solving unites empirical/rational realities and emotional and spiritual knowledge. By synthesizing these sources of intelligence, Hoque believes that he will help graduates master the skill of financial investment. Even more important is that – through this approach – Hoque believes that he can positively affect an individual’s decision making, prompting students to examine the ethical outcomes of their choices. 

Hoque also has made extensive efforts to discuss and deliberate on aspects of the university’s strategic plan, while encouraging his colleagues and the wider community to consider and to contribute to the process. Specifically, Hoque has sought ways to instill Saint Xavier’s mission and values in the curriculum. He also upholds volunteer commitments to the Bangladeshi community and the University Rank and Tenure committee. 

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