Faculty Members Honored as School’s Best
May 01, 2008
Professor Royce Burnett receiving award for Best Core Course from MBA graduate, Jeremiah Bright.
Six School of Business faculty members have been selected by graduate and undergraduate students as the School’s best professors for the 2007-2008 academic year.
Graduate students were surveyed to determine one top professor in core courses and one top professor in elective courses. Awards for graduate professors were presented by outgoing graduate students who spoke highly of their professors and experiences in the School of Business.
Royce Burnett, assistant professor of accounting, received the award for Best Core Course. One MBA student describing Burnett’s course said, “He dedicated all his time and effort to make sure that students had a clear understanding of the material and he made a point to apply it to the corporate world.”
“His lectures were very thorough and he was always available for questions because he truly wants students to understand the subject matter,” said a graduate student of Ram Krishnan, a professor of marketing who was honored for Best Elective Course. Another student jokingly commented, “He was the first teacher in my entire life that made me excited to wake up at six to go to school.”
Chester Schriesheim, professor of management, received the Excellence in Teaching Award for the Executive MBA program in Tampa. His course was described by an MBA student as “absolutely the most informative and useful class. The best class I have taken at the University.”
Undergraduate awards were chosen by the Dean’s Undergraduate Advisory Committee based on course rigor and student teaching assessments. The awards for Undergraduate Excellence in Teaching were given to Brian Barrett, associate professor of finance; Ya-wen Yang, assistant professor of accounting; and Mario Perez, lecturer in accounting.
Professor Barrett was described by junior Nick Gavronsky as an “amazing professor who cares about each one of his students' success.” Gavronsky stated that Barrett’s course prepared him “for life outside the classroom and provided the skills needed to be proficient in excel and financial modeling.” In fact, Barrett was credited with helping Gavronsky “land a full-time job with Citigroup’s Markets and Banking office for Latin America.”
Assistant Professor Ya-wen Wang was honored by junior Tom Bartmann who noted that she “presents difficult accounting theory with humor, keeping her class interesting and informative. She demonstrates a passion for accounting that is so contagious her students can’t help but benefit.” Similarly, Lecturer Mario Perez, presented the teaching award by junior Matt Custage, was described as “focusing on real-world issues” and as being so committed to his students that he “often jokes about meeting up somewhere out in the club scene with calculators in hand to do some number crunching.”
The awards were presented to faculty members at the end of the spring semester.