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05/31/94

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Stanford Business students name 1994 distinguished teacher

STANFORD -- Edward Lazear, who taught the MBA elective course in human resources management, is the recipient of the 1994 Distinguished Teaching Award presented by students at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Lazear, professor of human resources management and economics at the business school and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, was singled out by students who said: "He is at the top of his field academically and in teachi ng. . . His class is a model of the best the GSB has to offer. . . He has no need to provide a class participation grade; his students participate because they are engaged. He has a rare ability to explore every student's viewpoint an d make the student feel valued."

A student committee selected the winner from among 40 faculty members nominated for the annual award. Selection was based on the faculty member's long-term impact, creativity, classroom skills and ability to motivate students.

Lazear, who has also taught the required course in microeconomics since joining the business school faculty in 1992, told students "I've never seen a place where teaching is taken as seriously as it is here in terms of time spe nt in preparation and the importance of teaching as a topic of discussion.

"I thoroughly enjoy teaching at Stanford. Coming to class is fun, not work."

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