Dr. Michael Urick, Saint Vincent College associate professor and director of the school’s Master of Science in Management: Operational Excellence (MSMOE) program, has been named a regional recipient of the 2019 Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Teaching Excellence Award, which recognizes individuals each year who exemplify teaching excellence in the classroom.
Urick and the other regional recipients will be honored at the annual ACBSP Conference, June 21-24, in Houston, Texas. The honorees will receive a crystal medallion along with a $250 check. Two International Teaching Excellence Award recipients, one from a baccalaureate/graduate degree-granting institution and one from an associate degree-granting institution, will also be announced during the conference, and, as a regional recipient, Urick is now a candidate for this international award.
“Dr. Urick devotes a tremendous amount of energy to teaching,” said Dr. Gary Quinlivan, dean of Saint Vincent College’s Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government. “His syllabi are all well-designed; he holds an immense amount of office hours, all of his courses involve significant projects and writing assignments and his lectures are incredibly well thought out and delivered.”
Dr. John Smetanka, Saint Vincent College’s vice president for academic affairs and academic dean, added, “Dr. Urick has established himself as a leader on campus. As the graduate director of the MSMOE program, he has overseen a growing enrollment and the innovation of its curriculum, delivery and assessment of the student learning outcomes.”
The ACBSP Associate Degree Commission established the International Teaching Excellence Award in 1995 to recognize outstanding classroom teachers. In 2002, the Baccalaureate Degree Commission created a similar award to recognize teaching excellence at the baccalaureate/graduate degree level. ACBSP is the only specialized body for business schools that presents an award recognizing excellence in teaching open to application by the entire membership.
“It is more important than ever for business programs to produce graduates who are ready to enter the global marketplace,” said Jeffrey Alderman, ACBSP president and CEO. “ACBSP has a mission to develop, promote and recognize best practices that contribute to continuous improvement of business education. Recognition of teaching excellence is one way we achieve this goal.”