Terry College finance professor Jim Linck has received seven teaching awards since he was hired in 2000, and the college recently honored him with the 2008 Executive MBA Outstanding Instructor Award.
Linck's teaching awards include the Hugh O. Nourse MBA Teacher of the Year (2002), Alpha Kappa Psi Teacher of the Year for Finance (2002), and the Terry College Outstanding Teaching Award (2005). In addition, this is Linck's second Executive MBA Outstanding Instructor Award; his first came in 2004.
"Jim does an outstanding job taking technical material that is difficult to absorb and making it understandable to the entire class. His energy is infectious," says Tara Givins (EMBA 2008) who presented the award to Linck.
Linck has taught classes at the undergraduate, MBA, and PhD level, including Honors Finance, Mergers Restructuring and Corporate Control, and Empirical Research in Corporate Finance. But it's his Managerial Finance class in the Executive MBA program that has made the greatest impression on students and faculty alike.
"Jim Linck's Managerial Finance course is one of the most rigorous courses in the Executive MBA program," says Melissa Holland, operations director for Terry's professional MBA programs. "Part of Jim's strength and popularity stems from his savvy use of technology, which is particularly important because the Executive MBA Program has a significant distance learning component."
Linck holds virtual office hours, offers web-based quizzes, plus an online practice tool called MyFinanceLab that students — all of whom are working professionals — find helpful in mastering course material. His class is very demanding, says Holland, but students say the rewards make all the hard work worthwhile.
"Being recognized by such a bright and hard-working group is an honor," Linck says of the award. "It's a nice payoff to get the feedback that students believe all their hard work pays off. It's very exciting to see their reactions when they 'get it.'"
"Jim is an outstanding faculty member for the Terry College," says Annette Poulsen, who heads the Finance Department and holds the Sterne Chair of Banking and Finance. "His ability to integrate his research efforts into the classroom gives students a broader understanding of the financial markets in which they will work. And the practical applications he analyzes in the classroom give his students the confidence needed to participate in financial decision making in their careers."
In addition to his classroom achievements, Linck was coordinator of the department's Graduate Programs Committee from 2001-2007. Since 2006, he has chaired the college's MBA Committee. He has also served as associate editor for the Journal of Corporate Finance since 2000. Before joining the Terry faculty in 2000, Linck was a visiting lecturer at the University Of Rochester's Simon School Of Business. He earned his PhD in finance from Arizona State University. Linck's professional résumé includes stints with IBM, Ernst & Young, NCR/AT&T, and Intel.
The Executive MBA Outstanding Instructor Award is voted on annually by the EMBA students, who are all working professionals pursuing their MBA part-time. They have an average age of 37, an average work experience of 15 years, and they comprise all levels of management in prominent firms such as IBM, AT&T, Southern Company, and UBS.