Distinguished Teaching Award

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Distinguished Teaching Award

GSB Distinguished Teaching Award

  • Ed Dean, a professor of accounting, transformed a core curriculum class into a highlight of the MBA 1 experience, making a complex subject engaging and relevant.
  • Dean's teaching approach ensures students develop a strong understanding of financial statements and accounting principles, regardless of their prior knowledge.
  • He goes beyond teaching accounting by guiding students to think critically about finance, with concepts and insights that continue to be valuable throughout their careers.
  • Dean is dedicated to student success, approachable, and invested in their academic and professional growth.
  • Graham Weaver, a professor of organizational behavior, is known for his passion for teaching and his ability to connect with students on a personal level.
  • Weaver creates a supportive and inclusive learning environment where students feel comfortable taking risks and sharing their ideas.
  • He challenges students to think critically and develop their leadership skills, preparing them for success in their careers.
  • Weaver is also dedicated to research and has made significant contributions to the field of organizational behavior.

Type One and Type Two Fun

  • The speaker discusses the concept of "type one" and "type two" fun.
  • Type one fun is enjoyable in real-time, while type two fun is not enjoyable in the moment but becomes rewarding in retrospect.
  • The speaker designed their class to be a type two experience, which may not be enjoyable in the moment but will be rewarding in the future.
  • The speaker emphasizes the importance of seeking out type two experiences in life, even though they may not seem enjoyable at first.
  • The speaker advises students to find good mentors who can help them identify and pursue type two experiences.

Teaching Philosophy and Impact

  • The speaker reflects on their own journey as a teacher and how they realized that students are more interested in overcoming the fear of failure and personal growth than in the technical aspects of business.
  • The speaker emphasizes the importance of helping students find fulfillment and discover their true dreams, rather than just teaching them the technical skills of business.
  • The speaker expresses gratitude for the opportunity to teach at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
  • They acknowledge the support of their colleagues, family, and students throughout their teaching journey.
  • The speaker highlights the importance of overcoming fears and limiting beliefs to achieve one's dreams and become the best version of oneself.
  • They mention influential individuals who have impacted their life and career, including professors, mentors, and business partners.
  • The speaker emphasizes the significance of treating teaching as a gift and the positive impact it has on students' lives.
  • They express appreciation for the energy, vulnerability, and commitment shown by the students in the program.
  • The speaker acknowledges the sacrifices made by their family and the role they play in supporting their teaching endeavors.
  • They conclude by expressing gratitude for the opportunity to teach and the meaningful impact it has on their life.

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