Faculty use their research and professional projects to inform innovative teaching materials and co-curricular programming which further student learning. Remaining active with industry organizations and employers also gives them insight into the skills currently needed in the job market. Read about some outstanding teachers:

Carl Larsson

Carl LarssonBlue Ridge Bank Faculty Fellow and associate professor of Finance Carl Larsson has been named this year's winner of the Dr. Otto C. Brenner Award for Outstanding Teaching.

He serves as the faculty advisor to the "JMU Banking Dukes," a student team which participates in such prestigious national competitions as the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation's Academic Challenge and the Community Bank Case Study Competition sponsored by the Conference of State Bank Supervisors. The team was crowned champion of both contests in 2022.

John Kruggel and Lynne Stover

John Kruggel and Lynne Stover, of the Center for Economic Education, each brought home an award for outstanding achievement in curriculum development from a recent conference sponsored by the National Association of Economic Educators. 

Ethics, Economics, and Social Issues, a curriculum co-authored by Kruggel, the center’s director, won “Silver” recognition in the curriculum-design category.

Saving the Day: Garrett Morgan’s Life-Changing Invention of the Traffic Signal: Using Children’s Literature to Teach Human Capital, Public Goods & Services, and Costs & Benefits, a lesson co-authored by Stover, was awarded “Platinum” recognition in the lesson-plan category.

Baback "Bobby" Vaziri

bobby_vaziri_23_200x200.jpgAssociate Professor of Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics, Baback "Bobby" Vaziri, was nominated and selected as this year's recipient of the Distiguished Teacher Provost Award.

Bobby said that throughout his eight years at JMU, he has sought to improve the rigor and academic quality of the instruction in his classrooms in order to foster an environment of engaged learning. He has collaborated on research projects focusing on academic motivation, and strives to implement the innovative approaches these projects suggest.

Richard Tate

Richard TateLecturer in the Dept. of Marketing and Director of the Center for Professional Sales, Richard Tate, was voted as this year's winner of the Dr. Otto C. Brenner Award for Outstanding Teaching.

The award is conferred annually by vote of the junior and senior students in the College of Business and honors the life and legacy of the late Otto C. Brenner, who during his long career at JMU was named "Outstanding Undergraduate Professor" more often than any other member of the College of Business faculty.

James Irving

James IrvingAssociate Professor in the School of Accounting, James "Jim" Irving, was recognized as this year's Distinguished Teacher at the annual Provost Awards.

This recognition cites the uniformly excellent job Jim has done teaching several different accounting classes. His work in the classroom previously led to his being voted by students in 2022 to receive the Otto Brenner Teaching Award. Last year he also served as the faculty speaker for the College of Business' commencement exercises.

Paul Copley

paul_copley_200x200.jpgProfessor in the School of Accounting, Paul Copley, has been selected as the new Journal of Accounting Education Professor in the School of Accounting. This appointment carries with it the concurrent title of Commonwealth of Virginia Eminent Scholar, signifying that the holder has made important contributions in the areas of teaching, research and service over an extended period.

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