The Neary Teaching Excellence Awards are selected by the student body in recognition of outstanding contributions to their academic learning experience at the Ross School of Business. The stipends that accompany the awards have been made possible by the generosity of the late Robert D. Neary, BBA ’55, and his wife, Janet E. Neary, AB ’54. Mr. Neary’s career spanned 38 years with Ernst & Young, and both he and Mrs. Neary remained involved with the University of Michigan after their graduations. The Nearys’ support of these awards affirmed their belief that teaching excellence is largely “the ability to make the pursuit of knowledge an exciting endeavor … the kind of excitement that is contagious and long-lasting.”
PhD Teaching Excellence Award
Aribarg is an associate professor of marketing at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Her research interests involve fusing psychology and consumer behavior theories with
Bayesian statistical and econometric modeling to draw unique insights that help solve
current marketing problems.
Online MBA Teaching Excellence Award
A past recipient of U-M’s Golden Apple Award, Ball is a clinical assistant professor of accounting.
His research focuses on two areas: Understanding how high-frequency economic activities affect
and are affected by low-frequency accounting information, and the contracting and valuation
roles of accounting information in debt markets.
MSCM Teaching Excellence Award
Beil is the area chair of technology and operations. He is also the Donald C. Cook Professor
of Business Administration and professor of technology and operations. In his research,
Beil develops mathematical models to analyze complex problems in sourcing.
Weekend MBA Teaching Excellence Award
Gao is the NBD Bancorp Assistant Professor of Business Administration and an
assistant professor of strategy. His research focuses on strategy in nascent industries,
technology and management, entrepreneurship, and nonmarket strategy
MM Teaching Excellence Award
Harmon is an assistant professor of strategy. His research is broadly concerned
with how organizations manage relationships with key stakeholders (e.g., investors,
employees, the media); drawing on theories from linguistics, sociology, and psychology
to understand why certain organizational efforts succeed or fail.
BBA Teaching Excellence Award
Dr. Hinesly is the area chair of business communications, as well as a professor of executive
education, and lecturer of business communications. Her research focuses on digital transformation internally in organizations with cultural influences and business communication.
Global MBA Teaching Excellence Award
Jensen is a professor of strategy at Ross and an international research fellow at the
Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation. His research focuses on the role
of social structures in markets, including how status, reputation, and identity shape
important competitive outcomes for organizations and individuals.
Full-Time MBA Teaching Excellence Award
Sytch is a professor of management and organizations. His research focuses on
how managers can execute without formal authority. He examines how managers
can effectively manage and leverage relationships within and across organizational
boundaries to enhance performance.
MAcc Teaching Excellence Award
Williams is the faculty director of the Accounting PhD Program, a professor of accounting,
a Clyne Crawford Teaching Fellow, and Michael and Joan Sakkinen Faculty Fellow. His
research focuses on the role of accounting in debt contracting, banking, and risk.
David W. Wright
Executive MBA Teaching Excellence Award
David W. Wright (aka “Dr. Dave”) joined the Ross faculty in 1984 and retired to emeritus
status on August 31, 2021. He is a certified public accountant and a Fellow of the Society
of Actuaries. He received the Neary Teaching Excellence Award multiple times and was
the recipient of the faculty-selected Victor L. Bernard Award for Leadership in Teaching.