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Faculty Teaching Awards

Each year, the Simon Business School awards several prestigious awards to faculty members who exhibit excellence in the classroom and who inspire our students. The awards from the most recent academic year are:


This award recognizes a junior faculty member who has made a significant impact on the Simon Business School and the University of Rochester in a lasting way, and is selected by a committee of faculty and students. This year’s inaugural Gitner Prize was awarded to Professor Mitch Lovett, for bringing real-world problems and marketing expertise into the classroom and for his exemplary teaching and research, making a significant impact on the School and the global marketing industry. The video of the presentation of the award can be seen here.

The Gitner Prize was established in 2016 by airline industry pioneer and alumnus Gerald Gitner and his wife, Deanne. Read more about his story here.


The first- and second-year Full-Time MBA Classes, the Full-Time MS Class, and the graduating Executive MBA Class each select one faculty member to receive the Superior Teaching Award for their commitment to teaching excellence and service to students. This year, the Full-Time MBA and Full-time MS Classes of 2016 both presented the award to Professor Gregg A. Jarrell, the Full-Time MBA Class of 2017 award went to Professor Greg Dobson, and the Executive MBA Class of 2016 selected Professor Greg Bauer.

Calling Jarrell “a crown jewel, not just for Simon, but also for the world of finance and economics,” the Full-Time MBA Class of 2016 cited his passion for teaching elevating his class into a “performance transforming his students into the world’s best financial experts.” Their Full-Time MS colleagues agreed, noting his ability to infuse his class presentations with his “career experience, all his knowledge, his love for students, and his enthusiasm for teaching.”

Bauer earned high praise from the graduating Executive MBA class for his “perfectly balanced teaching style and ability to make difficult material easier to retain while setting clear expectations.”

The Full-Time MBA Class of 2017 honored Dobson for bringing the real world into the classroom through hands-on team cases where students applied course material to a variety of business problems. He was also selected for ensuring that all students in his class not only learn the concept, but also understand how it works.   

The Superior Teaching Award is presented to faculty members who have most exemplified scholarship and excellence in teaching. The recipients are enthusiastic and insightful in their classroom presentations, are generous with their time and energy, and demand excellence of themselves and students. A full list of the most recent Superior Teaching Awards can be found here.


Each quarter, Simon Business School faculty earning the five highest averages of course and instructor evaluations (among sections with at least 15 evaluations submitted) in our Full-Time and Part-Time MS and MBA, Part-Time Professional MBA, and Executive MBA programs are named to the Teaching Honor Roll. Each faculty member receives a research stipend and name included on the Teaching Honor Roll plaques in Schlegel Hall.

Spring 2016

Winter 2016

Fall and Pre-Fall 2015

Summer 2015





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