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Liz Warren-Pederson
Eller College of Management

University of Arizona's Eller College of Management launches Deans’ Teaching Excellence Seminar Series with Harvard Business School Professor Louis B. Barnes leading a Case Teaching Method Workshop

Effort is aimed at helping faculty members develop new teaching skills and improve teaching outcomes to continue its high level of innovation in the learning environment.

TUCSON, Ariz. – October 26, 2004 –The University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management announces the first seminar in its new Deans’ Teaching Excellence Series which invests in its faculty by bringing workshops and training to the campus to help faculty acquire new skills and maintain the highest level of innovation in the learning environment.

Ken Smith, interim dean, and Stan Reynolds, vice dean, are working to implement initiatives College-wide that raise the bar on innovation. Smith commented, “By bringing experts to lead workshops onsite we gain a greater return on our investment. More faculty members exposed to high-quality professional development opportunities translates directly to an improved experience for our students. And at the end of the day it is all about our students.”

The first workshop covers the “Case Teaching Method” and brings Harvard Business School Professor Louis B. Barnes to the College for two days of learning October 28 – 29, 2004. This workshop is aimed at improving teaching effectiveness for faculty who already use the case method of teaching and for faculty who are interested in introducing cases into their courses. Participation in the seminar series is viewed as prestigious and selective; Eller MBA faculty will participate in this inaugural workshop along with other faculty who are selected by department heads.

Louis B. (By) Barnes, who will lead the seminar, has been a professor of Organizational Behavior at the Harvard Business School since 1958 and is a joint member of the Organizational Behavior and Entrepreneurial Management Units. He is co-author of the well-known text Teaching and the Case Method with C. Roland Christensen and Abby J. Hansen.

The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program No. 11 among public business schools and two of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship and MIS. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program No. 48 in the U.S. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers the No. 25-ranked Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,800 undergraduate and 800 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and on its satellite campus in downtown Phoenix.

Press Contact:
Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management

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