University of Southern California

Undergraduates Bestow Golden Apples
Eight USC Marshall Professors Honored with Teaching Awards
May 9, 2009 • by Anne Bergman

Eight Marshall School professors will be honored with undergraduate Golden Apple Teaching Awards at USC Marshall Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies this Friday, May 15th. The three Golden Apple awards selected by MBA students will be announced and presented during the Graduate Commencement Ceremonies later that day.

This year's honorees in each category are:

Ira Kalb Business for Administration Core, Rose Layton for Accounting, Thomas Knapp for Entrepreneurship, Marion Philadelphia for Business Communication, Duke Bristow for Finance Business Economics, Douglas Shook for Information and Operations Management, Michael Coombs for  Management and Organization and Therese Wilbur for Marketing.

The Annual Marshall Golden Apple Teaching Awards are presented every year to the professors who have had the greatest impact on their students, as determined by the members of the graduating class.

Kalb, an assistant professor in clinical marketing, said he was "especially gratified" by the award, as this is the first graduating class since he joined the faculty in 2006 that would have been eligible to vote in any sufficient number.

"I do the best I can to teach my students," Kalb said. "I also tell them when they're out of line, so I didn’t expect to win any popularity contests. But I guess they respect the fact that I tell them what I think they need to know."

The Golden Apple recipients were notified of their selection during recent surprise visits to their classrooms. Professor Kalb recounted that he received an email before class requesting that he leave time for a 30-second announcement. "I was totally shocked when the announcement turned out to be about me. I'm still shocked."

"Each year the Marshall Business Student Government provides the undergraduates with an opportunity to recognize our faculty who excel in the classroom," said Kim D. West, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs. "Please join me in congratulating these very special members of the Marshall community."

All senior business and accounting minors and majors were eligible to nominate candidates from the business core courses as well as each concentration. Ballots were accepted online for a two-week period.


About the USC Marshall School of Business
Consistently ranked among the nation's premier schools, USC Marshall is internationally recognized for its emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation, social responsibility and path-breaking research. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, one of the world's leading business centers and the U.S. gateway to the Pacific Rim, Marshall offers its 5,700-plus undergraduate and graduate students a unique world view and impressive global experiential opportunities. With an alumni community spanning 123 countries, USC Marshall students join a worldwide community of thought leaders who are redefining the way business works.