2018 Irwin Outstanding Educator Award for Excellence in MBA/Executive Education

The 2018 Irwin Outstanding Educator Award for Excellence in MBA/Executive Education goes to Sharon Oster!

The Irwin Outstanding Educator Award recognizes an MBA/executive educator who has demonstrated outstanding teaching ability, an important impact on teaching pedagogy, and deep passion about the subject of strategic management and about the intellectual development of students. The Awards Committee (see the end of this Newsletter) was impressed by Sharon Oster’s outstanding range of contributions to strategic management education.

Sharon Oster is the Frederic D. Wolfe Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship at the Yale School of Management. She has been at Yale University since graduating with a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University. From 2008 to 2011, she served as Dean of the Yale School of Management.

She is author of five textbooks including the highly influential Modern Competitive Analysis (in its third edition) and Strategic Management for Nonprofit Organizations, plus 19 cases including three of the 40 most influential Yale Management School cases as of 2017. She has made lasting contributions by designing and redeveloping influential core courses ranging from microeconomics to strategic management; by developing a pioneering course and program in non-profit management, which distinguishes the Yale School of Management as part of its mission to “Educate leaders for Business and Society”; and by shaping a ground-breaking MBA curriculum featuring integrated, cross-disciplinary courses.

Sharon Oster’s teaching style is renowned for a mix of demanding preparation and in-class rigor, engagement and insightful story telling. Her teaching has been recognized by Yale School of Management Awards for Excellence in Teaching and she was featured on Poets and Quants’ World’s Best B-School Professors and listed among the 20 most influential business professors. When she assumed the position as dean of the Yale School of Management in 2008, her appointment inspired an anonymous $1 million donation to Yale College to support education, creating the Sharon Oster Resource Fund to promote efforts to unite students with faculty.

Her consistent and comprehensive mentoring of female colleagues, especially junior ones, is widely recognized. For her exemplary career and role in the recruiting and fostering of female colleagues, she received the 2011 Carolyn Shaw Bell Award from the American Economic Association. As her former student and teaching assistant Patricia Johnson describes it, Sharon Oster’s mentoring has been instrumental in “shaping the culture of Yale SOM as a place of great learning and a community that has supported and shaped my life.”

It is with great pride that the STR Division congratulates Professor Sharon Oster on her selection as the 2018 Irwin Outstanding Educator. We hope to see you at the award session on Sunday evening (6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Swissôtel Chicago) to celebrate Sharon Oster’s achievements! 

Best wishes,
Xavier Martin
STR Division Chair-elect

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