Two Columbia Business School faculty members have received 2012 Dean’s Prizes for Teaching Excellence in an Elective.
Andrew Ang, the Ann F. Kaplan Professor of Business and chair of the Finance and Economics Division, was rewarded for teaching and curricular development in the course Asset Management. Also a member of the Program for Financial Studies’ Academic Advisory Board, Ang joined the School in 1999 after receiving his PhD from Stanford. He is a financial economist whose work centers on understanding the nature of risk and return in asset prices. Ang is also a research associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Hitendra Wadhwa, Professor of Professional Practice in the Marketing Division, was rewarded for teaching and curricular development in two courses — Personal Leadership and Success and Strategy Consulting Skills. Wadhwa is also the founder of the Institute for Personal Leadership, which provides training to executives at all levels. He received his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1996. He first taught at Columbia in 2003. Wadhwa previously won the 2007 Most Engaging and Dynamic Professor Award from the Marketing Association of Columbia and the 2007 Lear Award for distinguished service to students.
The Dean’s Prizes for Teaching Excellence were established through a gift from George Wiegers ’61, who is the cofounder of Wiegers Capital Partners. Recognizing teaching excellence in three categories — core courses, elective courses, and by members of the adjunct faculty — the Dean’s Prizes are given to up to two professors in each category each year. The Dean’s Office also occasionally supplements the prizes in order to celebrate additional winners for their superlative performances in the classroom.