April 16, 2010

Dial receives Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching

In one sweeping “Surprise! This-Is-Your-Life” moment that included an in-class ambush by Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee, Provost Joe Alutto, Alumni Association President Archie Griffin, Fisher Dean Christine Poon and a dozen others, management professor Jay Dial was awarded the 2010 Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching on Thursday, April 15 in front of his strategy class in Gerlach Hall.

With video camera rolling and flash from university photographers, Gee and the large entourage that included Dial’s wife, Aparna, and son, Bennett and David Greenberger, chair of Management Human Resources, burst in on the strategy class to make the presentation. Griffin presented Dial with the “Academy of Teaching” medal.

“He is truly one of our most distinguished faculty and teachers,” said Gee, who read from one student’s nomination essay: “ ‘He works our butts off and I learn a tremendous amount from him. He’s the best.’”

Dial teaches the capstone Strategy Formulation and Implementation general management course in the MBA program at Fisher as well as the core Organizational Economics course. He previously served on the faculty of Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management where he was the recipient of the Weatherhead School's Teaching Excellence Award for 1999-2000. Jay was also on the faculty of Texas A&M University and is a regular participant in executive education programs at Ohio State, Case Western Reserve and Cornell University. Dial specializes in the study of leveraged buyouts and is also the author of numerous Harvard Business School teaching cases.

Dial holds a doctor of business administration degree in general management from Harvard University and has an MBA from the University of Chicago with concentrations in Finance and Business Policy. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Old Dominion University where he majored in marketing. He graduated first in his class and was named the University Outstanding Scholar.

The Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching honors faculty members for superior teaching. Recipients are nominated by present and former students and colleagues and are chosen by a committee of alumni, students and faculty.

Winners receive a cash award of $3,000, made possible by contributions from the Alumni Association, graduates, former students, and friends of Ohio State. They also receive a $1,200 increase in their base salaries from the Office of Academic Affairs.  Dial, along with the other recipients, will be inducted into the university's Academy of Teaching, which provides leadership for the improvement of teaching at Ohio State.