4 Jones School professors recognized with teaching honors

Four members of the Jones Graduate School of Business faculty were recognized for their excellence in teaching at the school’s May 16 investiture ceremony at Tudor Fieldhouse. Honorees were chosen by the Rice MBA alumni group as well as by students from the Jones School’s three MBA programs.

This year’s award winners were:

Steven Crawford

Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching

Steven Crawford, assistant professor of accounting

Crawford joined the Rice faculty in 2007 and teaches financial statement analysis in the MBA program. His research focuses on financial reporting issues in both domestic and international settings and on the role of financial analysts.

Balaji Koka

Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business MBA for Executives Award for Teaching Excellence

Balaji Koka, associate professor of strategic management

Koka, who joined the Jones School faculty in 2008, teaches courses in strategic management. His scholarship has examined a wide range of issues in the areas of alliances and networks, institutions and firm performance and offshore outsourcing.

 

Prashant Kale

Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business Full-time MBA Award for Teaching Excellence and Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business MBA for Professionals Weekend Award for Teaching Excellence

Prashant Kale, associate professor of strategic management

A member of the faculty since 2007, Kale has a research focus on corporate strategy, strategic alliances and mergers and acquisitions. He has taught electives on managing strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions and health care strategy.

Brian Akins

Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business MBA for Professionals Evening Award for Teaching Excellence

Brian Akins, assistant professor of accounting

Akins, who is a 2006 Jones School MBA graduate himself, joined the Rice faculty in 2012 and teaches financial accounting in the MBA for professionals program. His research focuses on financial reporting quality and the impact of accounting in debt and equity market settings.

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