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Business School students honor distinguished teaching

STANFORD -- Garth Saloner, the Robert A. Magowan Professor of Economics and Strategic Management, has won the Graduate School of Business's Distinguished Teaching Award.

Constance Bagley, lecturer of law and management, was named runner-up during an awards ceremony held May 20.

Business School students (MBA and Ph.D. candidates as well as Sloan Fellows, who are students in a special one-year program for experienced professionals) cited Saloner for mastery of his discipline, willingness to challenge students intellectually and dedication to teaching. Saloner taught the MBA and Sloan core courses in strategic management this year.

"He is by far the best professor I have had here at the Business School, and I regard him as a role model, an adviser and a friend," wrote one student in nominating Saloner. "His love for teaching and his extensive preparation shine through," wrote another.

Saloner holds three degrees from Stanford: a doctorate in business (1982), a master of arts degree in economics (1981) and a master of science degree in statistics (1982). He joined the faculty at MIT in 1982 and taught at Harvard Business School and Stanford as a visiting professor. On his 1986-87 Stanford visit, he was runner-up for the Distinguished Teaching Award.

Saloner returned to Stanford Business School as a full professor in 1990. He was recently appointed director of research and course development for the school, effective Sept. 1. Saloner will teach one section of strategic management next year.

Runner-up to Saloner was Constance E. Bagley, lecturer of law and management and the Class of '63 Lecturer for 1992-93. Bagley was called "challenging, poised, dedicated, accessible and an excellent leader of class discussions" by her students. "She empowers her students to be responsible for their own education," said one.

Perhaps the only teacher at the Business School known for entertaining her class with lawyer jokes, Bagley teaches a general course in law for managers as well as courses in corporate governance and securities regulations.

A graduate of Stanford's Class of 1974, Bagley received her law degree from Harvard Law School and was a partner in the San Francisco law firm, McCutcheon, Doyle, Brown & Enersen. She has taught in both the MBA and executive programs.



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