Favorite Professors of the Class of 2017

Indiana University’s Darryl Neher

“My Business Communications professor, Darryl Neher, cultivates a classroom environment that sparks engaged discussion, and invests in each student’s individual success. When my team advanced in a case competition, he took us out to brunch on a weekend to give specific feedback to each team member in preparation for the final round. He also encouraged me to travel and study abroad, the most eye-opening semester of my college career.”
– Caroline Cronin, Indiana University (Kelley)

“Without hesitation, it is Dr. Robert Novack. He is not only an expert in the supply chain industry, but also my life coach, mentor, and role model. Dr. Novack is the most selfless, genuinely caring, generous, and humble person I have the pleasure to know. He is an inspiration and gift to me.”
– Karen Burlingame, Penn State (Smeal)

“Professor Rob Rhodes — He taught business law, but honestly the subject matter was irrelevant. Professor Rhodes made it his mission to teach critical, creative thinking through complex examples and law puzzles. Class sessions were tiny life lessons in which our minds were expanded and tested.”
– Adam Beasley, Texas Christian University (Neeley)

Haas’ Alan Ross

“Lecturer Alan Ross teaches Business Ethics with the perfect balance of affection, encouragement, and discipline. He sparked a passion in me not only for the subject but for teaching as well, which has stayed ever since. Thanks to him, I think of a successful business as one that goes well beyond profit. A good business is one that is also involved in the business of doing good. Professor Ross made me realize that it is truly incumbent on business leaders to initiate corporate social responsibility measures to add value to society.”
– Angad Sigh Padda, University of California-Berkeley (Haas)

“My favorite professor would be Professor Michelle Gittelman, who taught Business Policy & Strategy. I found the class extremely relevant and important as we discussed current events, politics and policies in the business world today. Most importantly, though, I enjoyed this class so much because of Professor Gittelman’s teaching methods. She relied heavily on case studies and class discussions, which were always enlightening. She challenged us and rather than trying to concentrate on textbook strategy, she encouraged us to apply our own experiences to the classroom lessons.”
– Zoe Makropoulos, Rutgers Business School (New Brunswick)

Dr. Alex Miller has been the most impactful professor I have encountered during my time in the Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Miller spoke candidly and honestly, from years of personal and field experience, while also challenging us as students to truly think about what it means to be a corporate leader in today’s business world. Rather than being lectured about ideology and business concepts (which is critical to learn as well), our class discussed historical business cases, leaders, and Dr. Miller’s own experience to evaluate and learn about failure, business relationships, and how change moves. Finally, Dr. Miller helped prepare us for our next steps by pushing us to be humble and realize that we aren’t the greatest thing to happen to business right now, but that does not mean we won’t be in the future.”
– Caitlin Boone, University of Tennessee

“My answer has always been Professor William Stauffer and for two distinct reasons. The first reason is his personality and teaching style. He is charismatic and entertaining with his legal anecdotes no matter how early in the morning he has class. He always wears a suit to teach because, as he puts it, he wants to show his students that he respects them. The second reason is because he makes every lesson he teaches directly applicable to our immediate future as college students. When I took his class, we did not just learn about legally-binding contracts, we learned how best to approach employment contracts as we searched for our first job; what to look for, what to avoid; and how to dialogue with potential employers. I always felt like he valued our time in his class, respected us as students, and genuinely cared about our future. He keeps files on all of his past students so, if the occasion arises, he can help them out with recommendations and referrals in the future. These extra steps, not necessary for us to learn the material but which show his genuine care for his students, has cemented him in my mind as the ideal professor.”
– Serkna Boyakchain, College of William & Mary (Mason)

“Professor Martin Sneider. He was my professor for both Retail Management and The Luxury Apparel Industry: International Perspective and Immersion. Not only was he teaching subjects that naturally excited me, but he also made class extremely interesting. He seamlessly integrated both historical case studies and modern day examples to show how much the retail industry has changed while also demonstrating what has remained constant. He brings credibility to the classroom with his impressive industry experience that he uses to reinforce concepts. He has supported, encouraged, and helped me follow my passion for retail even when I am not enrolled in one of his courses and I look forward to staying in touch after I graduate.”
– Jessica Landzberg, Washington University (Olin)

University of Denver’s Kathleen Davisson

“Professor Kathleen Davisson (KED) – She is very knowledgeable and an expert in her field. She is regularly available for her students and challenges opinions and encourages dialogue and debates among fellow peers and students in the business school. KED is always willing to lend an ear and provide insightful and invaluable advice towards the academic and personal development of students. She allows students to brain storm and often encourages them to find the answer themselves through her guidance.”
–  Solongo Batsukh, University of Denver (Daniels)

“My favorite professor would have to be Al Talarczyk. He teaches the “Fundamentals of Taxation” course at UW-Madison. The class has a reputation for being really challenging, but Al has this gift of taking complex topics and making them easy to understand for students. He has so much experience teaching that he knows what concepts students will find difficult so he tailors the course to focus on those topics. Al makes tax really interesting by bringing in his real world experience so we aren’t just learning about the internal revenue code but instead we learn about how people apply it in real life. You can tell that he really cares about his students and their understanding.”
– Cady Severson, University of Wisconsin