by Barbara Black
Congratulations to Professor Meral Büyükkurt and part-time instructor
Mark Haber, who have been awarded this years teaching excellence
awards by the John Molson School of Business. The awards will be presented
at the Schools convocation ceremony June 11.
Associate Professor Büyükkurt teaches and does research in management
information systems (MIS). She is the director of JMSB co-op programs
and academic director of the co-op program in MIS, and shes a strong
supporter of this selective program of alternating work and study.
She says that for her first- and second-year courses, she sees her role
as enabling the students to make sense of the world from a business
perspective. In their final year, she guides them toward their selected
careers. In the case of her graduate students, she said, I see my
role more as a mentor, aiming to expand their horizons.
She wants to give all her students not only the skills and theories they
need, but the appropriate attitudes for their working future. At all levels
of her teaching, she added, she sees herself as a colleague of her students,
learning along with them. She encourages participation, and in her high-level
undergraduate courses, gives it a percentage of the grade.
As a teacher of professionals, she takes great pride in the success of
graduates when they go out into the real world. I consider
myself lucky to be in a profession that provides me with the opportunity
to witness the glimmer in the eye of the student who finally comprehends
a difficult concept, she said.
Mark Haber: marketing mentor
Mark Haber started teaching in the Department of Marketing in 1988. Last
year, he was appointed director of the Undergraduate Competition Program,
and under his direction, Concordias team came second in the first
JMSB Undergraduate National Case Competition, after Queens and ahead
Other competitions under Habers tutelage this year included the
McGill International Management Competition, in which the JMSB team came
first against competitors from Budapest, Copenhagen, São Paulo,
Singapore, Hong Kong and Berkeley, among others. A team of four undergraduates
were given only 24 hours to analyze a cross-functional case based on globalization