OSU Spears School honors doctoral students for teaching excellence

by Terry Tush 
(May 18, 2011 at 7:44 pm)

STILLWATER, Okla. – Seven Oklahoma State University Spears School of Business doctoral students were recently selected for the Doctoral Student Teaching Awards. These awards are given to one doctoral student in each Spears School department for his or her excellence in teaching.

“Between students and faculty is a group of individuals holding both titles: those pursuing a Ph.D. and teaching in the classroom,” said Robert Dooley, associate dean of graduate programs for the Spears School. “We are proud to recognize the accomplishments of these students with awards for teaching excellence.”

Michael Barnes was the recipient of the Doctoral Student Teaching Award in Accounting. Barnes developed an advanced auditing course from scratch, and he has incorporated simulations of real-world auditing in all of his courses. His student feedback has been overwhelmingly favorable.

Jerome Segura received the Doctoral Student Teaching Award in Economics. Dooley said Segura is an excellent instructor who brings enthusiasm, passion and thoroughness to his classrooms, and he relates well to students and is successful at engaging them in the learning process.

Sujata Singhal was the recipient of the Doctoral Student Teaching Award in Entrepreneurship. Dooley said Singhal brings energy, substance and creativity to her classrooms and excels at motivating and challenging students. She has instructed the entrepreneurial course entitled “Imagination” and the GMAT preparation course at OSU.

Kris Kemper was honored with the Doctoral Student Teaching Award in Finance. Kemper has been teaching in OSU’s finance department for the past 5 years. Before coming to OSU, Kemper worked in banking and financial services, and Dooley said he brought this real-world experience into the classroom. Kemper said he has thoroughly enjoyed the hundreds of students he has interacted with over the years.

Gabbi Eissa received the Doctoral Student Teaching Award in Management. A native of Egypt, Eissa has been a doctoral student in OSU’s management department for the past three years. Dooley said he is a dedicated instructor and is committed to student learning. Dooley said he is proud of Eissa’s accomplishments and that Eissa is a wonderful representative of the management department.

Supavich “Fone” Pengnate was chosen for the Doctoral Student Teaching Award in Management Information Systems. For the past several years, Pengnate has been instructing some of the most difficult courses in the management science and information systems department, yet Dooley said his students consistently praise his ability for explaining difficult concepts, making course content relevant and making learning fun.

Michael Li was honored with the Doctoral Student Teaching Award in Marketing. Students have described Li as a dedicated and enthusiastic instructor who keeps his lectures interesting and the students involved in class. Dooley said Li is not content with merely teaching students in the classroom; he also focuses on helping his students grow in their personal lives.

Larry Crosby, dean of the Spears School, said he enjoys watching all of the high-achieving Spears School scholars – including undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students – grow in knowledge and skill.

“Having just recently celebrated my one year anniversary with the Spears School of Business, I can, through firsthand experience, say we provide a fantastic environment in which to learn and achieve excellence,” Crosby said. “It is a great honor to work with such high caliber people.”

For more information about the Doctoral Teaching Awards, contact Lori O’Malley, the career consultant for graduate students in the Spears School, by calling 405-744-2951 or sending an email to lori.omalley@okstate.edu.