5 Jones School professors recognized with teaching honors

Five members of the Jones Graduate School of Business faculty were recognized for excellence in teaching at the school’s May 11 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.

James Weston

James Weston

James Weston, the Harmon Whittington Chair in Finance, received the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business Full-Time MBA Award for Teaching Excellence. Weston joined the Rice faculty in 2000, and his teaching interests focus on corporate finance and financial institutions.

Prashant Kale

Prashant Kale

The Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business MBA for Professionals Evening Award for Teaching Excellence was presented to Prashant Kale, associate professor of strategic management. Kale teaches the Core Strategy course in the full-time professional and executive MBA programs and has also taught electives on managing strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions and health care strategy.

Alan Crane

Alan Crane

Alan Crane, assistant professor of finance, was honored with the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business MBA for Professionals Weekend Award for Teaching Excellence. Crane’s research focuses on the role institutions play in financial policy decisions of firms and the investment performance of those institutions.

Al Danto

Al Danto

The Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business MBA for Executives Award for Teaching Excellence was presented to Al Danto, lecturer in management. Danto is an expert in developing and completing exit strategies, valuations and due diligence representation for privately held companies.

Brian Rountree

Brian Rountree

Brian Rountree, associate professor of accounting, received the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching. Rountree’s research focuses on the influence of external forces on the financial reporting choices and characteristics of firms.

For more information about Rice Business faculty and their teaching and research, go to https://business.rice.edu/faculty-and-research.

About Arie Passwaters

Arie Wilson Passwaters is a Web editor in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.