I’m so pleased to share with you the winners of three categories of teaching awards this spring! Thank you so much to everyone who made nominations for these special honors.
Our faculty is our greatest asset, and everyone at Isenberg has done amazing work over the past year. Your efforts to keep students connected and engaged have really paid off—students learning remotely have had a lot of disappointments during the pandemic, but we’ve heard so many comments from them about how individual faculty members have stepped up to the plate and kept their classes lively and effective.
I would especially like to give a shout-out to our 2020-2021 Isenberg Teaching Fellows, who found great ways to collaborate with one another and the full faculty to share ideas and best practices regarding the intersection of pedagogy and technology—many of the strategies they’ve introduced, along with others that emerged over the year, have made us a better business school. And many learnings will continue to be used in our in-person classes.
Below you’ll find the wonderful faculty members we’re recognizing this year—please join me in offering them a hearty congratulations!
Best wishes, Dean Anne Massey
College Outstanding Teaching Awards and Teaching Excellence Recognition Awards
These faculty members are recognized for the effectiveness and creativity of their instruction, as well as the impact they have on students, their mastery of their subject and scholarship, and their engagement in activities that improve teaching.
College Outstanding Teaching Awards
Emily Heaphy, Management (Tenure Track)
A student says: “I went into this course expecting minimal value, as HR is not a particular topic of interest to me. I saw the course primarily as an obligation for the MBA program and little else. Professor Heaphy managed, very effectively, to make the topic interesting and enjoyable; better she made it relevant across disciplines keeping it in the spirit of an integrated practicum.”
Emily Must, Sport Management (Non-Tenure Track)
A student says: “It’s difficult to express the impact Dr. Must has had on my academic career because her kindness and generosity knows no bounds. She constantly inspires me to be a mentor to others, and she truly deserves to be recognized for all of the incredible work she has done for me and students throughout McCormack.”
Teaching Excellence Recognition Awards
David Piercey, Accounting (Tenure Track)
A student says: “He made it feel like we were always involved even if it wasn’t live,” and “the asynchronous lecture videos were maybe the best supplemental material I had in any class.”
Nora Junaid, OIM (Non-Tenure Track)
A student says: “She is one of the most dedicated and caring professors I’ve had the honor of learning from and working with. Her willingness to spend time personally supporting each of her students and continuously striving to improve their online learning experience demonstrate her passion for her students, TAs, and OIM. We’re so grateful for her!”
Teaching with Digital Technology Awards These student-nominated recognitions go to faculty who have used digital technology to improve teaching and learning.
Undergraduate Teaching(selected from 25 nominees from all Isenberg departments and programs)
Matt Glennon, Marketing
A student says: “I loved how Professor Glennon is very organized with the structure of his class and utilizes the opportunity of us being virtual to bring in helpful speakers for our class!”
Sara Smiarowski, Finance
A student says: “Professor Smiarowski experimented with and implemented the use of a wide range of technologies to make sure we had the best experience possible. And she succeeded!”
Graduate Teaching(selected from 19 nominees)
Carey Baldwin, OIM
A student says: “She quickly uploaded videos explaining content when many students in the class were confused on a particular point. Used real life examples to apply theories.”
Linda Peters, affiliated expert teaching Online MBA
A student says: “Professor Peters used a learning management system program to create a game in our HR Management class that was hugely helpful in aiding in learning cause and effect of HR decision making. We were assigned to teams which naturally created a group learning environment. The game was challenging but an extremely rewarding experience. The design and use of this platform was innovative and really fun!! One of the best classes to date.”
Isenberg Teaching Fellows This honor goes to faculty whose creative and effective use of educational technologies in course design and delivery have helped improve all types of courses, whether delivered face-to-face, online, or in a hybrid combination. During the fellowship, they are responsible for sharing best practices with the full faculty, to enhance the school’s instructional quality across departments, programs, and teaching levels.
For continuity in our efforts, two faculty members will continue for a second year: