About the Award
The Award for Contributions to Graduate and Professional Education recognizes graduate and professional teachers for excellence in instruction; involvement of students in research and/or artistic activities, scholarship, and professional development; development of instructional programs; and advising and mentoring of students.
Geoffrey Bell received this award at the Distinguished Teaching Awards ceremony on April 17, 2018.
Each year, the Alumni Association is proud to join the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost in supporting the Distinguished Teaching Awards, which recognize the outstanding work of U of M educators. Recipients of the awards are inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers.
About Geoffrey Bell
- Associate Professor
- Department of Management Studies
- Labovitz School of Business and Economics, University of Minnesota Duluth
When Geoffrey Bell teaches a class, the wait list is long—even for his 8 a.m. sections. Those lucky enough to get into his strategic management, sustainable management, or business ethics courses will feel Bell’s infectious enthusiasm and find themselves pushed to examine the role of organizations in society and in their personal lives.
“The biggest take-away of Bell’s sustainable management class is that large corporations can greatly influence our society and the rest of the world,” says one former student. Another praises the class for “the best dynamics I have ever encountered in a classroom.”
Of his strategic management class, another former student says Bell “created an environment where students could openly discuss ideas related to the lecture topics. Every student knew he cared deeply about his students’ success.”
Bell’s impact on undergraduates goes beyond his in-person teaching. For example, he brings together fellow faculty members and shows them how the concept of sustainability applies to fields like finance and human resources management. This work has led to new courses and the integration of sustainability content into existing ones. Bell also spearheaded LSBE’s Sustainable Business and Organization minor and co-chairs LSBE’s and UMD’s Sustainable Education committees.
“He helps set an LSBE culture of innovation, high expectations, and rigorous standards, all with an approachable, personal style,” says a staff colleague.
“In all my classes, I strive to maintain an active learning environment, featuring experiential learning. My classes consist primarily of class discussion and in-class exercises.”
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