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Apples of their Eye

2017 Golden Apple Awards Honor USC Marshall and Leventhal Professors for Teaching Excellence

May 09, 2017
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Thirteen distinguished USC Marshall and Leventhal faculty members were recognized for excellence in teaching with the 2017 Graduate and Undergraduate Golden Apple Award. Two staff members were also recognized by students with the 2017 Golden Compass Award.

The annual Golden Apple awards are given by students to outstanding faculty members in recognition of their excellence in teaching. The Golden Compass awards recognizes staff members who go above and beyond in their service to students. Faculty and staff winners will be formerly recognized at the USC Marshall and Leventhal graduate and undergraduate commencement ceremonies on May 12.

"I absolutely love this job, and when my students reward me like this, I can’t imagine feeling any higher.” - Dawn Porter, professor of clinical data sciences and operations.

Graduate Favorites

Dawn Porter, professor of clinical data sciences and operations management, received the 2017 Golden Apple Award for her work in the full-time MBA Core program; Mark Soliman, professor of accounting, for his work in MBA.PM Core; and Thomas Knapp, associate professor, Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, assistant professor of clinical entrepreneurship, for Marshall Graduate Electives.

“We are very grateful for their commitment to outstanding teaching. They are an inspiration to the rest of us and we feel privileged to have them teaching in the Marshall MBA programs,” said Suh-Pyng Ku, vice dean for graduate programs, professor of clinical finance and business economics and director of the Center for Investment Studies.

The professors to a one expressed great delight at the student-given award.

“I actually define myself as a ‘teacher,’” said Porter, academic director of the Executive MBA. “It’s not just a job or career to me. I absolutely love this job, and when my students reward me like this, I can’t imagine feeling any higher.”

Porter has received two previous Golden Apple Awards, both for the MBA.PM group, in 2011 and 2015. She also received an Evan C. Thompson Faculty Teaching Award in 2011.

Mark Soliman was also pleased with the honor. “Teaching is such an important part of my life and I truly enjoy connecting with my students on so many levels other than strictly academic. This award is such an honor because it means so much to me that my students feel the same way about me that I feel about them,” said Soliman, who was previously recognized with several teaching awards for his work at Stanford University Graduate School of Business and the University of Washington Business School before joining Marshall in 2015.

Said Knapp: “It is such an honor to be recognized by the most important members of the USC Marshall community, our students.  I love helping students who have a drive and desire to do great things in the world.” Knapp has received the teaching award two times previously.

Undergraduates’ Choice

The undergraduate Golden Apple Awards were also recently announced:

Core Course Teaching Awards

  • Nimfa Bemis, assistant professor of clinical finance and business economics
  • Miriam Burgos, assistant professor of clinical marketing

Elective Course Teaching Awards

  • Kevin Fields, assistant professor of clinical finance and business economics
  • Christine El Haddad, assistant professor of management and organization
  • Merle Hopkins, professor of clinical accounting
  • Albert Napoli, lecturer, clinical entrepreneurship
  • Murat Bayiz, associate professor of clinical data sciences and operations
  • Kirk Snyder, associate professor of clinical business communication
  • Therese Wilbur, associate professor of clinical marketing

Mentorship Award

  • Julie Suh, assistant professor of clinical marketing

GOLDEN COMPASS STAFF AWARDS

  • Arthur Alba, associate director, Leventhal School of Accounting
  • Mayra Miranda, assistant director, Marshall Undergraduate Advising