Allen J. Krowe Award for Teaching Excellence

The Allen J. Krowe Award for Teaching Excellence recognizes outstanding teaching. We want to recognize teachers who have instilled in students a desire for learning and a framework for learning which will last a lifetime. Together, this desire and framework help students categorize and synthesize learning now and into the future.

Nominations for the 2023-24 Allen C. Krowe Award for Teaching Excellence and Legg Mason Teaching Innovation Award are now open. The 2023-24 awards are for classes taught in Term D of the 2022-23 academic year; the 2023 Summer Term; or Terms A, B, or C of the 2023-24 academic year. The deadline to submit a nomination is April 5, 2024.

In answering the questions below, please be as specific as you can be so we can understand what made this professor special to your experience at Smith.

Allen J. Krowe Award for Teaching Excellence: Past Winners

Download the PowerPoint document with the list of winners for 2022-23

2023 Allen J. Krowe Award for Teaching Excellence

Leigh Anenson, LBPP

Paul Shapiro, DOIT

Rellie Derfler-Rozin, M&O

Pablo Slutzky, FIN

Michel Wedel, MKT

Nicole Coomber, M&O

The Allen J. Krowe Award for Teaching Excellence: Emmanuel Zur

Emmanuel Zur helps students connect what they are learning in the classroom with what is going on in the real world. He brings in real world examples, emphasizes how class topics may influenced or be influenced by what is going on in the market, and helps students search for jobs and internships in their fields. Students have described this professor as “understanding and encouraging”, and many students described how he helped them navigate the sudden move to the virtual classroom in a way that helped them thrive.

The Allen J. Krowe Award for Teaching Excellence: Evan Starr

Evan Starr is known for bringing creativity into his instruction. For instance, when teaching the evolution of strategic management, he covers a case from the video game industry, and rather than have students simply read the case, he has the play video games from different eras to bring the material to life. Faculty teaching in the same program as this professor have noted that even months after his course, students are still talking about it.

The Allen J. Krowe Award for Teaching Excellence: Humberto Coronado

Humberto Coronado encourages students to stay up to date on current topics, and encourages students to connect class concepts to current events. Students have recognized his engaging teaching style, and he uses his office hours not just to help students with class, but also to help them navigate their burgeoning careers. Students have noted that “he is passionate about his teaching and creates an environment where students are excited to learn”.

The Allen J. Krowe Award for Teaching Excellence: Judy Frels

Judy Frels inspires creativity and excitement for her course work. Additionally, she works with students to give them career advice, and has developed multiple workshops to prepare for marketing-oriented case interviews. Students note that she strikes an ideal balance between theory and practice, and her course is “engaging, effective, and memorable”.

The Allen J. Krowe Award for Teaching Excellence: Julie Pavlovsky

Students have noted that Julie Pavlovsky takes a personal interest in their success, and helps them by identifying their goals, and giving them tools to be successful. Students appreciate how she uses her real world experience to help them understand what the world outside of academia will look like, and her efforts have resulted in “extraordinary placements on Wall Street”.

The Allen J. Krowe Award for Teaching Excellence: Samuel Handwerger

Students have recognized Samuel Handwerger never fails to keep class interesting. He uses his own practical experience to bring class material to life, and students have noted that “his enthusiasm for the material is fostering the excitement of future accountants”.

Tunay Tunca, chair of Maryland Smith's Teaching Excellence Committee, announced the faculty teaching awards during a virtual spring faculty and staff assembly. Tunca is the Dean's Professor of Management Science and Operations Management at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at University of Maryland.

Special Recognition: Tricia Homer

Tricia Homer was awarded special recognition for her efforts to improve communication and mutual understanding in the Maryland Smith community, in a particularly challenging year. "She not only transformed presentation skills in our students in multiple programs in her role as a communications instructor, but even beyond that also drew upon her expertise as a facilitator to create an environment in which her students could discuss and process the events of these difficult days," Tunca said. "Her efforts in helping the students to weather the challenges of this past academic year and bringing the Smith community together were invaluable."

The Allen J. Krowe Award for Teaching Excellence: Trevor Foulk

Trevor Foulk incorporates cutting-edge research into his teaching as well as an evidence‐based approach to the material. "He creates a climate of confidence that encourages students to debate and exchange ideas and thoughts about the class materials and cases, without feeling pressured or questioned in their ability to demonstrate their knowledge about the class topics," Tunca said.

The Allen J. Krowe Award for Teaching Excellence: Mary Beth Furst

Mary Beth Furst is praised by her students and colleagues for having "a singular love for teaching both in the classroom and out, and making her classes engaging and fun," Tunca said. "She applies her understanding of business and learning pedagogy to create a stimulating and welcoming learning environment for her students. She encourages students to critically think about the subject matter, and interface with it on a personal level."

The Allen J. Krowe Award for Teaching Excellence: Leland Gardner

Leland Gardner presents new and relevant materials in his courses that steadfastly prepare students for the workforce. "He is highly appreciated by his students for being very committed to teaching in and out of the classroom and deeply engaged in course and community development," Tunca said.

The Allen J. Krowe Award for Teaching Excellence: Ashish Kabra

Ashish Kabra is "very diligent and provides material very thoroughly, explaining the material in multiple ways to ensure it was understood," Tunca said. "He is praised for being very easy to talk to, which encourages students to be more open and vulnerable to discussions. As a result, students feel that everyone learns in the class, and gains confidence in the material."

The Allen J. Krowe Award for Teaching Excellence: Kislaya Prasad

"Nominations for Kislaya Prasad state that he is always patient and unfailingly polite when there were questions during the class sessions, which makes the class and learning enjoyable for students," said Tunca. "His presentation of the material helps the students understand principles and how to implement them in current world situations."

The Allen J. Krowe Award for Teaching Excellence: Nick Seybert

Nick Seybert is always available for student questions, providing "very detailed responses and excellent critiques to approaches brought to him," Tunca said. "Students also appreciate that he managed to switch to an online environment while keeping the high quality of teaching, engaging the students and showing them the importance of knowledge in the material, as well as helping them with choosing a clearer career path."

Maryland Smith Dean Prabhudev Konana congratulated the faculty award winners, adding, "I am pleased to be a part of celebrating your success and recognizing the impact that you have on Smith students."

Krowe/Legg Mason Award Procedures, Spring 2019 Edition

Jennifer Gershberg, Logistics, Business & Public Policy

Her classes are incredibly fun, applicable, and relevant because of her expertise and openness to participation. She is known for challenging students to consider other perspectives and viewpoints critically.

Rebecca Hann, Accounting & Information Assurance

She encourages learning in the classroom by providing strong frameworks and having students apply them to real world examples. Outside of the classroom, she helps students conduct projects on real companies. She is praised for her ability to translate class concepts to students from diverse backgrounds.

Richmond Mathews, Finance

He unpacks complex arguments in simple, easy to understand language so that students know what to ask for and get clear and concise answers. He ties concepts to every day events, which helps students to relate and understand the materials quickly.

Gorkem Turgut (G.T.) OZERDecision, Operations & Information Technologies

A very dedicated instructor in and outside of the class, who encourages sharing of ideas and new methods between peers. He encourages multiple ways to approach to solve a problem, challenges students and employs innovative resources to enhance learning.

Erich Studer-Ellis, Decision, Operations & Information Technologies

He is an energetic and passionate teacher. He consistently connects course materials to student experiences and makes himself available outside the classroom. He makes a massive lecture feel personal and still manages to create a sense of community.

Lingling Zhang, Marketing

She designs clear lectures of important content, creates engaging yet challenging in-class exercises to ensure students put their knowledge to test. She explains theories and coding very clearly, and she is very supportive when students have questions for her.

Mary Harms

Professor Harms is recognized for using experiential learning in her classroom, with exercises that not only illustrate the concepts of digital marketing, but that result in output that the students can use to market themselves to prospective employers. Harms is also known for the large and enthusiastic network of alumni she has cultivated who provide career opportunities for graduating Smith students. “Not only this but she had alumni give presentations to our class about companies located in the area. From one of these presentations, I was able to secure a full-time job. Without this professor creating opportunities to make these invaluable connections, I wouldn't have had the opportunity to personally connect with these digital companies.” She goes above and beyond to make sure you learn. She always carries a smile, is super patient in answering questions and is generous in time like has all his life to only answer your question.

David Kass

Professor Kass is recognized for his passion for what he does, his passion for his students and for integrating current news into his classroom. “At the beginning of all classes, there is a designated time for students to participate in discussions about current news and events that may affect the market. This helps students to gain a better understanding of the market and the importance of events to the stock market volatility. This encourages students to communicate in class and helps them understand the market better.”

Elinda Kiss

Professor Kiss is, in the words of one of her nominators, “a passionate, qualified professor who deserves to be recognized.” Nominators further report that Kiss “cares about students as much as, if not more than, any professor I've had in my four years….It is consistently evident to me how much this professor enjoys the material being taught. Without hesitation, [she] will share with students past experiences in the field, derail the lecture to further explain a concept that the class is struggling with, or spend the majority of the class relating course material to a recent event.”

Jeff Kudish

Professor Kudisch is recognized for individualizing the educational experience for his students. He encourages students “to bring their whole selves, each and every day.” The professor “develops personal relationships with students and tries to learn individual learning characteristics so that lectures can be can be personalized to the needs of the class.”

Rachelle Sampson

Professor Sampson is recognized for making difficult material – and herself – accessible to advance student learning, both in class, during office hours, and via phone for professional students studying part-time. Also noted for inclusive behavior in the classroom, ensuring all students’ questions are addressed. “The professor does a fantastic job presenting a lot of complex material in an accessible way in a short amount of time. The course is very well-organized, lectures are engaging, supplemental materials are incredibly valuable, and office hours are really helpful and interesting.”

Tunay Tunca

Professor Tunca is recognized for his dedication to student learning by giving generously of his own time to students – “as if life is dedicated only to answering your question.” “This professor explains any concept as if it is the most interesting yet easiest thing to learn in the class.” Tunca is famous for asking “crystal clear?" to make sure students understood all concepts and for using real-world analogies, humor and personal professional examples to illustrate concepts.

Pamela Armstrong

She teaches students to go out into the world and look at everything with a critical perspective and creatively design the impact they would like to see. Students apply design thinking that she has taught them to projects they are tasked with in their college careers.

Cecilia Bustamante

Her presence in the classroom has really sparked an interest and passion in the subject that her nominator thought they would never have. Her teaching style has left students more confident to make executive-level financial decisions within an organization. She is an asset to the Smith School. It is refreshing to see someone like her teaching a subject that is mostly male-dominated and often daunting for people who may not always feel like they fit within that culture.

Eugene Cantor

From entertaining vignettes that related accounting problems to real-life problems, to showing up to class a few minutes early to engage students, faculty member Cantor goes above and beyond time and time again to make a real connection with students, which in turn made them want to excel and help them become more vested in the Maryland program. This professor really made each student feel heard in the online program.

David Kirsch

Our class discussions on social enterprise cases were intellectually stimulating. "Build, Measure, Learn" was the theme of our semester and this professor always took the time to provide us constructive feedback on our assignments, especially the blueprint project.

He always encouraged the SIF cohort to actively participate in meaningful class discussions. The nominator saw the relevance in all of the course content, such as the social enterprise cases, current social issue analysis, and experiences with social change outside of the classroom.

Jeff Milton

This faculty member's teaching has inspired the nominator to become an educator. His belief in his students has left an impact on students to never give up and always to push themselves to greater heights. The way this professor carries his class is one in which fosters critical thinking that leads to real learning of information. His unique experiences as a former lawyer and as an entrepreneur; has heightened my knowledge in the subject of ethics and corporate taxation where the nominator feels they are now able to confidently apply the skills learned in the classroom setting to practical everyday life.

Julie Pavlosky

Being one of the few females in the Wall Street Fellows program, the nominator was always looking for powerful, successful women to learn from and to reaffirm her beliefs that she could make it in this field. The faculty member has such in-depth knowledge about the financial world. The nominator will continue to learn as much as possible from professors, peers, and employers so that she one day can reach that same level of expertise. The nominator felt she was easily the most prepared intern, which set her ahead in securing a return offer and she attributes much of that to the program.

Margret Bjarnadottir, Decision, Operations & Information Technologies
Margret cares deeply about her students learning the material. She creates a variety of activities that reinforce the topics, sets measurable and achievable goals, sets in-class goals to a relatively strict timeline, has an amiable attitude, really knows the subject matter, and most importantly is able to convey the subject matter.

Rellie Derfler-Rozin, Management & Organization
Recognized for her excellent work in teaching negotiations to MBA students.  These students appreciate her level of dedication; she is so invested in helping students learn the material and apply it outside the classroom. Rellie is extremely insightful and keeps the material interesting. She is passionate about the topic, committed to creating a collaborative and open learning environment, and uses great exercises in confirming the lessons.

Sam Handwerger, Accounting & Information Assurance
Recognized for his “boundless enthusiasm for the teaching mission (as well as the service mission) of the School. He brings a wealth of practical experience into the classroom, as well as his passion for teaching and a wonderful sense of humor. Moreover, he displays genuine concern for his students and goes out of his way to help them with career development and placement.”

Zeinab Karake, Decision, Operations & Information Technologies
Recognized for her dedication to her students.  She keeps her large class engaging and relevant, and puts great care into presenting material in a way that is understandable to everyone in the class.  She goes out of her way to address student questions, and is warm and caring.

Alberto Rossi, Finance
Recognized for excellent teaching in a very rigorous core course. He breaks down material into parts for students so that they can be more easily understood and shows them how to apply the material to practice.  Students outside of finance greatly appreciate how he makes a difficult course extremely easy to grasp.

Jie Zhang, Marketing
Recognized for delivering clear and engaging classes and connecting with her students.  She knows every student by name, and is highly responsive to questions or concerns.  She cares about her students, and takes the time to ensure that her students know the material well.

Gary Bulmash, Accounting & Information Assurance
This faculty member “was born to teach.” He “creates a wonderfully warm atmosphere in the classroom, where in spite of the large class size, the students are totally engaged and willing to ask and respond to questions.”  He truly cares about his students and wants to help them succeed. A recent student from one of his courses said “this experience has truly opened my eyes as to what a positive effect that a brilliant professor can have on my learning.” Beyond the classroom, he uses his connections with former students to help current students find jobs.  According to an alumnus, this instructor “will always be my hero and inspiration....he has made a lot of people happy and successful in their lives and careers."

Philip T. Evers, Logistics, Business & Public Policy
This instructor is dedicated to preparing students to be better-decision makers in their careers.  He strengthens students’ understanding of key business concepts through cases discussions, and encourages students to think critically and ask questions beyond the case itself.  With his focus on preparing students for the workplace, this faculty member is actively involved with employers; he has arranged many facility visits for his students and even offers a tour course. In addition, he works with the Office of Career Services on building employer-student relationships, and has recently been awarded the Distinguished Undergraduate Faculty Partner from Smith School's Office of Career Services.

Michael Faulkender, Finance
This professor “brings a passion to his teaching that is infectious.” He does well with MBA, PTMBA, EMBA and MS students and teaches a broad range of classes. He is willing to try new approaches in the classroom, such as setting aside time at the beginning of each class for discussion of current events. Outside of the classroom, he is highly engaged with students – in fact, he has been voted "most engaged" professor by the MBAs twice.  According to a colleague, this faculty member “is spectacularly good --- one of the best and most rigorous instructors that I have ever seen.”

Michael Kimbrough, Accounting & Information Assurance
This professor is known for encouraging lively debates during case discussions.  This is remarkable, given that it occurs in a core accounting course.  He makes his courses very engaging; according to one student: "I really enjoyed the professor's approach and his willingness to engage the group in debate when it comes to accounting challenges. I know that accounting can be a really dry subject, so it was wonderful to have a healthy degree conversation and humor sprinkled in with all of the calculations."  This faculty member is also an outstanding teacher in the MS and PhD programs.

Vijaya Venkataramani, Management & Organization
This faculty member “creates an interesting and innovative learning environment for students.” She uses a variety of approaches, such as role plays, group projects, and cases to challenge students to explore practical applications of course concepts.  She encourages “active debate in order to make the best use of the diversity of experiences and opinions in the classroom.”  Her students have secured very desirable jobs based on what they learned in her classes.

Bobby Zhou, Marketing
This instructor is “an amazing teacher and mentor for his students.”  Although he has not been at Smith very long, he has made a big impact.  Based on his first semester of teaching here, he was selected as a Philip Merrill Presidential Scholar Mentor. One of his students said that he “was one of the most memorable teachers I've ever had in my undergraduate career. I took his class last semester and was blown away by how passionate, sincere, and patient he was with his students…. his personality and obvious care for his students' both academic success and overall well-being shined through during each and every class session.” 

Joesph Bailey (DOIT) – Recognized for being an outstanding, dedicated teacher and his ability to have students see connections and possibilities. “In all of my time as a student I have never come across a Professor that has given as much to his students as Joe Bailey. It is a true honor to have the opportunity to have him as an instructor.”

Zhi-Long Chen (DOIT) – Recognized for his “ability to engage students with complex technical material and to bring the course content to life.”  Also, “Zhi-Long goes the extra mile to make himself available to students.”

David Kass (FIN) – Recognized for his “contagious enthusiasm for Finance,” “discussing current events in every class’” and for going above and beyond for his students.

Sarah Kroncke (FIN) – Recognized for bringing a wealth of prior investment analysis experience to the classroom. “After taking her class, I feel empowered to pursue my dream and this is due to Prof. Kroncke's ability to present and teach this material.”

Rachelle Sampson (LBPP)  - Recognized for her ability to maintain rigor while making the material accessible to all students. “She break down the material for many students that were not great with math and incorporated a lot of new technology to help students.”

Nick Seybert  (ACCT) – Recognized for his passion for helping students. “He keeps students very engaged in class discussions, and is really responsive to students' questions and concerns.”

Subra Tangirala (M&O) –  Recognized for his innovative method for teaching in the MBA and Ph.D. programs. “His inquisitive case discussion approach was very effective and created a classroom that was engaging, safe, and really created a sense of camaraderie among all the new classmates.”

Teaching Enhancement Committee:

  • Wendy Moe, Chairperson
  • Pamela Armstrong
  • Progyan Basu
  • Rachelle Sampson
  • Gerald Suarez

Ad Hoc Committee:

  • Pamela Armstrong
  • Curt Grimm
  • Gerald Suarez
  • Russell Wermers

Wilbur Chung (LBPP): Recognized for his “passion about the course, his engaging lectures, and his willingness to help students understand important issues pertaining to today’s world.”

Rebecca Hann (AIA): Recognized for her “excellence and innovation as a teacher/mentor in the MBA, EMBA, and PhD programs setting high standards for all students.”

Elinda Kiss (FIN): Recognized for going above and beyond for all of her students. “I had her for only one course, but she left a lasting impression.”

Charles Olson (LBPP): Recognized for his innovative manner of teaching introductory MBA courses. “He challenged his students to communicate with confidence and prepare themselves for the MBA program and job interviews.”

J. Gerald Suarez (M&O): Recognized for his ability to have students see that their choices and actions in life are interrelated. “He had a deep and profound impact on my life.”

Tunay Tunca (DO&IT): Recognized for his “dedication to teaching difficult information in a very understandable way and providing real life examples concerning the use of the material.”

Teaching Enhancement Committee:

  • Joseph Bailey, Chairperson
  • Gary Bulmash
  • Wendy Moe
  • Rachelle Sampson
  • Oliver Schlake

Ad Hoc Committee:

  • Gary Bulmash
  • Gary Cohen
  • David Godes
  • Russ Wermers

Ritu Agarwal (DO&IT) Recognized for excellent teaching ratings in various classes including MBA, PhD, EMBA, and Gemstone courses.

Gary Cohen (LBPP) Recognized for bringing in real world experiences. “He went above and beyond the classroom to help students especially in regards to finding a job or internship.”

David Godes (MKT) Recognized for the “energy and enthusiasm he embodied for the subject and very deftly integrated the case studies and the requisite take home points.”

Lawrence Gordon (AIA) Recognized for his courses “highlighting many of the topics that were covered in the core classes and helping connect the dots between financial accounting, managerial accounting, corporate finance, microeconomics, and strategy.”

Russell Wermers (FIN) Recognized for providing “late-breaking, cutting-edge topics for quantitative financial strategies and assigning a project that adds to one’s portfolio when job searching.”

Karen Wouters (M&O) Recognized for stimulating learning of “life and business skills that I will use to become a better leader and manager.”

Teaching Enhancement Committee:

  • Joseph Bailey, Chairperson
  • Gary Bulmash
  • Wendy Moe
  • Oliver Schlake
  • Alex Triantis

Ad Hoc Committee:

  • Gary Bulmash
  • Alex Triantis
  • Mark Wellman
  • Jie Zhang

The Teaching Enhancement Committee members are Haluk Unal, Chairperson, Frank Alt, Leigh Anenson, Gary Bulmash, Oliver Schlake, and Jie Zhang. The Krowe and Legg-Mason Awards Committee members were Kislaya Prasad, Paulo Prochno, and Rebecca Ratner.

Progyan Basu (AIA) Recognized for his contributions to the undergraduate and EMBA programs. “He genuinely exudes his love for teaching; and he is a great ambassador for the EMBA Program.”

Cristian Dezso (LBPP) Recognized for his outstanding core MBA teaching. “Students have been uniformly positive about the MBA courses he teaches.”

Hassan Ibrahim (DO&IT) Recognized for his ability to create a fine learning atmosphere in his classroom. “He taught with a sense of purpose and with humor.”

Oliver Schlake (M&O) Recognized for his ability to teach and be a role model. “He is the perfect embodiment of the ideas and principles we are meant to learn and a fine role model for a manager/entrepreneur.”

Michel Wedel (MKT) Recognized for his contribution to the quality of teaching at the Smith School. “He has provided excellent teaching at the MBA and PhD levels and has been an invaluable mentor to students and faculty alike.”

Susan White (FIN) Recognized for her welcoming teaching style. “She connected class material with current events and provided ample opportunity for students to seek her help.”

The Teaching Enhancement Committee included Gordon Phillips, Chairperson, Gary Bulmash, James Spina, and Jie Zhang. The Krowe Award Committee, Charles Olson, Gordon Phillips, and Rebecca Ratner, selected the following winners:

Frank Alt -- (DO&IT) Recognized for genuinely caring about students. “He encouraged students to ask questions and answer his questions, devoting time to ensuring that each student fully understood each concept.”

Curt Grimm -- (LBPP) Recognized for providing true encouragement to students. “He provided guidance, probing questions, and encouragement when needed, while insisting that students think.”

Colin Linsley -- (AIA) Recognized for taking education beyond traditional classroom learning. “He gave important advice regarding success not only in his class, but also in the professional world.”

Paulo Prochno -- (M&O) Recognized for helping students really understand difficult concepts. “The extra material he would regularly dig up about our course subjects was extremely helpful in understanding difficult concepts.”

Haluk Unal -- (FIN) Recognized for his caring treatment of students. “He explained in great detail even the most complicated matters and really cares about his students.”

Jie Zhang -- (MKTG) Recognized for her passion for teaching. “She is very approachable, makes learning fun and interesting, and has a true passion for teaching.”

The Teaching Enhancement Committee comprised of Galit Shmueli, Chairperson, Gary Bulmash, James Spina, and Jie Zhang. The Krowe Award Committee, comprised of Debra Shapiro, Hank Boyd, and Gary Cohen, selected the following winners:

Louis Gattis - Finance Recognized for integrating current issues and previous experience into the class: “Professor Gattis is able to draw on his practical experience and industry knowledge to better relate difficult concepts.”

Mary Harms - Marketing Recognized for providing a unique learning experience: “I have never had a professor assign a project that I could genuinely use as part of my portfolio for work; nor has a professor ever been as genuinely interested in my learning experience and success as Professor Harms has been.”

Jeffrey Kudisch - M&O Recognized for providing an engaging and exciting class experience: “I have never been so excited about a class before; I have never been as engaged in a class before; and I have never gotten so much out of a class as with Dr. Kudisch.”

Stephen Loeb - AIA Recognized for being the consummate role model: “I remember Dr. Loeb as an example of what a professor should be; he has had a major impact on my life.”

Charles Olson - LBPP Recognized for helping students think beyond the classroom: “Professor Olson focuses on all of the requisites of his respective courses and, in addition, teaches students to think.”

Kislaya Prasad - DO&IT Recognized for providing an engaging class: “Professor Prasad deserves this award because of his thoroughness, attention to detail, and ability to keep our entire class engaged.”

Rebecca Ratner - Marketing Recognized for innovative teaching: “Professor Ratner excited me about the course, which made me work even harder in the course.”

Dina Ribbink - LBPP Recognized for commitment to students: “Professor Ribbink is an excellent professor, and I believe her commitment to her students goes beyond just the classroom.”

Xiang Wan - LBPP Recognized for dedication to students: “Professor Wan cares deeply about each and every student in the class, and teaches with a purpose to educate every individual to the fullest.”

The Krowe award committee, comprised of Gary Bulmash, Rachelle Sampson, Mark Wellman and Curt Grimm, selected the following winners and finalists:

Jahangir Boroumand (LBPP) - Recognized for excellent lectures integrating current issues and previous experience: “His teaching style though simple is very effective and he ALWAYS finds time for his students”

Hank Boyd (MKTG) – Recognized for outstanding teaching in a large lecture section: “The first day of Prof. Boyd’s lecture blew me away, and I never missed a single lecture.”

Gary Cohen (LBPP) - Recognized for informing and inspiring his students: “He gives us real-world advice and helps us see the applications of what we’re learning.”

Michael Lawless (M&O) – Recognized for providing a unique learning experience: “Professor Lawless was hands down the finest professor that I encountered at the Smith School.”

Scott Livengood (M&O) – Recognized for helping students to think beyond the class, described as “extremely well-prepared.”

Jim McKinney (AIA) – Recognized for dedication to students and ability to clarify difficult concepts: “An excellent professor… I was very inspired by him this semester.”

Jie Mien (DO&IT) - Recognized for exceptional qualities: “Jie Mien had a wonderful sense of enthusiasm for teaching that made the experience wonderful for all.”

Gordon Phillips (FIN) – Recognized for teaching well a highly complex subject: “His approachable and conversational teaching style helped to de-mystify concepts that otherwise would have been impenetrable and intimidating.”

Rhonda Reger (M&O) – Recognized for challenging the class: “ Dr. Reger is the most organized teacher I have ever had.”

The Krowe award committee, comprised of Jim Spina, Erich Studer-Ellis and Curt Grimm, selected the following winners and finalists:

Gary Bulmash (AIA) - Recognized for excellent teaching performance along with a passion for the subject and a sense of humor: “He makes accounting an enjoyable subject to learn”. “It is a rare case for a professor to be able to joke around and keep students smiling while getting the job done well.”

Larry Gordon (AIA) – Recognized for determination and success in teaching Ph.D. students and providing leadership as Ph.D. program director. Commended as an excellent “teacher, mentor and advisor.”

Rachelle Sampson (LBPP) - Recognized for outstanding teaching along with high concern for students: “She succeeded in learning the names of all of her students (over 120) by the second week of class.” Noted for “incredible enthusiasm, amazing intellect and participatory and hands-on teaching approaches.”

Debra Shapiro (M&O) – Recognized for excellent teaching and strong support of students as they pursue their careers. “Extremely energetic, friendly and a good-natured person who shows a passion for international business.”

Gerald Suarez (DO&IT) – Recognized for his ability to promote teamwork through his leadership of and teaching in the Quest program: “Single most-influential person I’ve met since coming to Maryland.” His students have applied for and received patents for their course projects.

Mark Wellman (M&O) – Recognized as a selfless professor with a caring attitude towards students, even in a large lecture format: “I have never seen a professor garner so much respect from students in a large lecture class.” “Almost every week I was able to share something interesting with my Dad, which made him very happy.”


  • Gordon Phillips (FIN)
  • Susan White (FIN)

Ayson Alp (FIN) - Recognized for making finance understandable for all students: “Loves interacting with young people, loves finance, and loves talking to students about finance.”

John MacDonald (LBPP) - Recognized for genuinely caring about students, taking initiative in improving software in supply chain applications, and a “great job of lecturing supply chain design”

Carol Miu (MKTG) - Recognized for outstanding undergraduate teaching and establishing respect of the class through kindness and openness. “Always well-prepared and challenged students to understand concepts through discussion and creative projects.”

Sandra Lee Rose (AIA) – Recognized for challenging students in a supportive way, such that even a student who found the course very challenging praised the effort.

David Sites (AIA) – Recognized collectively by students for his enthusiasm for IT applications in accounting and his wealth of knowledge. Ensures that “all students enjoy and understand the material.” “Succeeded spectacularly.”

Andrew Sherman (FIN) – Recognized for his wealth of practical experience in venture creation and financing. “Has the ability to inspire students and get them excited about entrepreneurship.”


  • Alan Boss (M&O)
  • Tanakorn Makaew (FIN)

Anand Anandalingam

Elinda Kiss

Joyce Russell

Erich Studer-Ellis

Raghu Raghavan

Eugene Cantor

Bruce Michelson

Mike Pfarrer

James Spina



William DeWitt

Hassan Ibrahim

Jeff Kudisch

Kazim Ruhi

Simon Bensimon

Mary Harms

Yun Liu

Jeffrey Miller

Merv Yeagle

Charles Olson

J. Robert Baum

Judy Frels

James Peters

Galit Shmueli

Carl Ullrich

Corey Angst

Nevena Koukova

Kathy Boyle

William McClenahan

Rebecca Hamilton

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