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Yale SOM Names Teaching Award Recipients

Professors at top business schools usually aren’t lacking in accolades, but only some of those accolades speak directly to their effectiveness as teachers. Those, of course, are teaching awards.

Two professors at Yale School of Management will now be adding such awards to their lists of accomplishments, with the school announcing the 2019 recipients of its Faculty Teaching Excellence Awards.

Each year, Yale SOM students vote on two recipients of the awards. The winner of the core curriculum teaching award is selected by first-year MBA students while the winner of the elective teaching award is selected by second-year students as well as students in the MAM and MMS programs.

This year, the core teaching award is going to Lorenzo Caliendo, an economics professor, and the elective teaching award is going to Kyle Jensen, who is an associate dean, director of entrepreneurship, and senior lecturer.

Caliendo’s research focuses on international trade and the economic effects of migration. Correspondingly, he teaches courses such as The Global Macroeconomy.

“I thank my colleagues and my teaching assistants, but most of all I am grateful to the students,” said Caliendo. He added that “it was your engagement, energy, deep questioning, and continuous feedback that made me a better teacher. I am expecting great things from you.”

With the latest award, Caliendo has now racked up three teaching awards at Yale SOM, including the 2014 core curriculum teaching award and a 2017 award for Yale’s Executive MBA program.

Jensen, meanwhile, previously won the elective teaching award in 2015. He is a tech and biotech entrepreneur, and his faculty page lists five companies he has cofounded, including two non-profits.

Jensen’s course offerings include Management of Software Development as well as a followup course, Advanced Management of Software Development.

On his reaction to receiving the award, Jensen said he would miss his current students and that he was “grateful to many of my faculty colleagues for teaching me how to teach.”

Awards like these highlight a valuable resource that top MBA programs like Yale offer: the faculty. These programs offer the opportunity to work with professors who both have stellar teaching credentials and can be inspiring mentors.

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