Faculty Profile

Darshak Patel PhD

Director of Undergraduate Studies, Senior Lecturer

Darshak Patel is a Senior Lecturer of Economics and the Director of Undergraduate Studies at The University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics. His goal as an educator is to increase the level of engagement among students by developing lectures and assignments that focus on generating a high level of energy, interest, and motivation in students towards the subject of economics. He promotes active learning through use of active learning strategies, popular media such as EPSN30for30 and Shark Tank, and connecting economics with students over social media. Darshak is a recipient of the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching at the College of Business and Global Affairs in 2015 at University of Tennessee Martin, a two time recipient of A Teacher Who Made a Difference in 2015 and 2017, a recipient of Gatton College’s Award for Teaching Excellence and Faculty of the Year award in 2019 and UK Alumni Association 2020 Great Teacher Award . Though Darshak’s passion lies in economics, he enjoys many other pursuits. He claims to be a good soccer player, loves getting lost on hikes, frequents local breweries, and has the best dog in the world.

Contact Information

Department: Economics
Email: darshak.patel@uky.edu
Office: 225P


PhD, University of Kentucky, 2011
MS, University of Kentucky, 2008
MA, University of Texas at Arlington, 2007
BS, University of Texas at Arlington, 2004

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