Ted Teng ’79 Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award Winners Announced

May 02, 2011

The Ted Teng ’79 Dean’s Teaching Excellence Awards are generously funded by Ted Teng in honor of the seven current or former SHA faculty members who have influenced the course of his highly successful career. The gift enables us to reward teaching excellence in the many forms it takes across the School of Hotel Administration.

The 2011 Ted Teng ’79 Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award winners are:

• Senior lecturer Bill Carroll has established himself as one of the school's most passionate teachers. He teaches courses in economics, yield management, pricing, and marketing distribution. With over 25 years of senior leadership experience in the travel industry, Carroll brings an incredible amount of knowledge and personal experience to the classroom. He enhances the school's learning environment through exciting, up-to-date, and interactive lectures. Carroll’s commitment to students is demonstrated well beyond the classroom.

• Since joining the faculty in 2009, Helen Chun, assistant professor of marketing and tourism, has been an outstanding addition to the School of Hotel Administration. She teaches Consumer Behavior, Marketing Principles, and Marketing Management for Services, and her coursework is described by students as engaging, organized, and a perfect harmony of real life examples and theory. In addition, she has been published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology and Foundations and Trends in Marketing. Chun is an enthusiastic and passionate teacher who will continue to create an enriching learning environment for our students in the years to come.

• A lecturer of operations management since 1996, Reneta McCarthy brings a wealth of industry knowledge and experience to the school. She is committed to experiential learning, a method she incorporates into her classes, Introduction to Hotel Operations and Introduction to Casino Operations. Additionally, McCarthy serves as the faculty advisor to Hotel Ezra Cornell. Her passion for teaching and her devotion to students both in and out of the classroom are instrumental in achieving our mission of hospitality leadership.

• Since joining the school's faculty in 1970, Professor Dick Penner has established himself as a knowledgeable and devoted academic, teaching courses in hotel planning, development, and interior design. He has been intimately involved with a variety of school, university, and industry initiatives, including the design and operation of campus facilities as well as redesign projects within the school and the Statler Hotel. Penner has authored three books as well as numerous articles and book chapters, which primarily focus on planning and design of hotels, resorts, and conference centers. His commitment to teaching, service, and industry engagement provide great value to our students, faculty, industry partners, and to the school as a whole.

• Giuseppe Pezzotti, senior lecturer of food and beverage management, is well-known and loved by students past and present. He is described by his students as the true representation of a hospitality leader. He reveals incredible wisdom with a modern awareness and emphasis on international and cultural perspectives. Pezzotti is actively involved in our executive education programs as well as a variety of industry, school, and university service activities. His frequent interactions with colleagues and industry professionals, his willingness to go above and beyond to help others, and his enthusiasm for teaching supports the school in providing the kind of learning experience we wish for our students.

The fund Mr. Teng has established is in honor of: 

• Professor Emeritus Robert M. Chase, BME ’59, MBA ’61
• James J. Eyster, HVS International Professor Emeritus of Hotel Finance and Real Estate
• Professor Emeritus A. Neal Geller ’64, MBA ’74
• Stephen A. Mutkoski ’67, PhD ’76, the Banfi Vintners Professor of Wine Education and Management
• Professor Richard H. Penner, B Arch ’68, MS ’72
• Professor Emeritus Michael H. Redlin, BME ’67, PhD ’74, and
• Raymond Goodman, CEO and chairman of the board of directors for Mayflower Communities, Inc. and professor and chair of the Department of Hospitality Management at the Whittemore School of Business of the University of New Hampshire. Professor Goodman was a teaching fellow in the School of Hotel Administration while Mr. Teng was a student here.

Ted Teng’s generosity will further efforts to recruit and retain an accomplished, diverse faculty, so we can continue to deliver the exceptional educational experience that lies at the heart of our mission.