Shami Arachchige was promoted to senior instructor in June 2022. She has a strong reputation of being an incredible and accessible instructor to her students each semester.
Arachchige was awarded the College of Science's Certificate of Teaching Excellence in 2019. The award is presented to exceptional faculty members who have demonstrated excellence both inside and outside the classroom. Arachchige teaches undergraduate courses for the Department of Chemistry and spearheads much of the department's outreach activities, winning two awards for her work in 2014 and 2012.