The spring semester is always a time of recognizing and awarding faculty and students for their successes and contributions at the university throughout the academic year. This spring has brought several instances of recognition for School of Business faculty.
Teaching Excellence Award
Each year, the Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence presents Teaching Excellence Awards as both institutional recognition and a monetary acknowledgement of the significant work that faculty members devote to course planning and preparation; curriculum development; and innovative teaching, advising, and undergraduate and graduate mentoring.
This year, awards were given to eight faculty members across the university. Pallab Sanyal, assistant professor of information systems and operations management at the School of Business, was among these award recipients. Sanyal teaches data analytics, networks and security, and databases at the MBA and undergraduate levels. Prior to receiving the Teaching Excellence Award, Sanyal has also been nominated for the School of Business Outstanding Contributions to Teaching Award at Mason.
OSCAR Mentoring Excellence Award
The Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research (OSCAR) awards members of the Mason community who have served as mentors of undergraduate student scholars. Candidates for the OSCAR Mentoring Excellence Award are evaluated based on their positive impact on current and former Mason students and their subsequent success and their demonstrated support and engagement of undergraduate scholarship at Mason.
A handful of faculty members were nominated for their excellence in mentoring undergraduate students on their research and creative projects and for fostering a culture of student scholarship at Mason. Several School of Business faculty members were among the nominees for the 2014 OSCAR Mentoring Excellence Award including Matthew Cronin–associate professor of management, Oliva O'Neill–assistant professor of management, and Steve Pilloff–assistant professor of finance.
Faculty Career Connection Award
The Faculty Career Connection Award is a distinction awarded by University Career Services. The award is given to a professor that has gone above and beyond expectations in his/her role on campus and has devoted extra time and energy to helping students with their career goals.
A total of 163 faculty members were nominated across the university this year, and two School of Business faculty members were in the top 20 nominees. These included Steve Pilloff, assistant professor of finance, and Joseph Mortati, adjunct professor teaching business information systems and operations and project management. Piloff and Mortati were nominated for supporting students' professional growth through their passion and enthusiasm, time investments, career connections, assistance in skill development, and ability to see and support students' potential for success.