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School of Business Professor Steven Ullmann Honored with UM’s Outstanding Teaching Award

March 29, 2011
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“An extremely engaging teacher.”

“Outstanding talent.”

“One of the greats.”

“Truly one of the most talented and caring instructors I have ever known.”

With those words taken from letters of support, Frances Aldrich Sevilla-Sacasa, the interim dean of the School of Business, introduced Steven G. Ullmann as the winner of the Faculty Senate's 2011 Outstanding Teaching Award. Ullmann, a professor of management and economics and director of Programs in Health Sector Management and Policy at the School of Business was among three top faculty members who were honored during an awards ceremony March 29. The award presented to Ullmann recognizes outstanding teaching by a faculty member with a substantial record of teaching at the University.

"I've been truly blessed. I been blessed by those who have taught and mentored me over the years, some of whom are in this auditorium today," said Ullmann in accepting the prestigious award. "I've been blessed by my peers and my fellow faculty, whose warm collegiality I have enjoyed and from whom I've learned so much. This has been a very special place for me academically to work...I've been blessed by my students, current and former...who've allowed me to impart knowledge to them and from whom I in turn have learned so much - more than they will ever know.

Ullmann specializes in the areas of health care management and health economics and was the academic director for the University’s Global Business Forum in January, which drew more than 700 people to campus including the U.S. secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, the chairman and CEO of General Electric and numerous other top government and business leaders as speakers and panelists.

Ullmann has received more than two dozen awards for excellence in teaching since coming to the UM and has served on the governing and ethics boards of a number of health care providers and consulted for the health care industry. He is frequently interviewed by and serves as a commentator for local and national media including CNN, Nightly Business Report, and Fox Business News, among others.

This year’s other two Faculty Senate award winners were Richard J. Thurer, the B. and Donald Carlin Professor of Thoracic Surgical Oncology at the Miller School of Medicine, who received the James W. McLamore Outstanding Service Award and Charles S. Carver, a professor of psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences, who received the Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award.

In 2009, Anita Cava, an associate professor of business law at the School of Business, co-director of UM Ethics Programs and director of the Business Ethics Program, received the Faculty Senate’s Outstanding Teaching Award and that same year, Yadong Luo, the School’s Emery Findley Distinguished Chair and professor of management, received the Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award.

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