Clinical Assistant Professor Joanne Howard is the recipient of the Stuart School of Business Excellence in Teaching Award for 2019. In presenting the award, Stuart’s Dean John Bilson lauded Howard’s rapport and dedicated mentorship with students, both inside and outside the classroom, and wide-ranging contributions to the Stuart community.
“At the Stuart School, we look for instructors who combine excellent academic credentials with real world experience in their field,” says Bilson. “Professor Howard is an excellent example of this type of instructor. Her executive experience in public administration provides valuable content for her classes.”
Associate Dean Roland Calia calls Howard “an exceptionally gifted teacher” who routinely draws students from outside the M.P.A. program to her courses. As a mentor, he notes, “she regularly uses her extensive contacts to directly assist students in obtaining internships and jobs in the nonprofit and public sectors.”
Since joining the faculty of the Public Administration program four years ago, Howard has taught courses in public management, social capital, performance measurement, policy design, ethics and professional responsibility, and other topics. Lively discussions and a ready supply of cookies—because, as she says, “sugar makes the class so much sweeter”—are among the trademarks of her classroom style.
The award was presented to Howard at the annual Illinois Tech Excellence in Teaching Awards ceremony.
Photo: Joanne Howard, with Dean John Bilson and Illinois Tech Provost Peter Kilpatrick, receives her award at the university’s Excellence in Teaching Awards ceremony.