Davis and Suh Named Outstanding New Instructors

Assistant Professor Lucas Davis and Lecturer Julie Suh have received Outstanding New Instructor Awards from the Haas School’s Center for Teaching Excellence.

The two awards were created this year to honor new faculty who shined in the classroom. Each recipient received a cash award of $1,000.

“This award recognizes that excellent teaching is a cornerstone of developing innovative business leaders," says Dean Rich Lyons. "Both Lucas and Julie have proved to be inspiring teachers who go beyond themselves for their students in and out of the classroom."

Davis and Suh were selected based on excellent student evaluations and input from CTE faculty coaches.

Davis is teaching Data and Decisions this fall. His former student, Ryan Martineau, MBA12, says he was impressed by Davis’ incorporation of real-life business cases into lectures for the course.

“Professor Davis did an excellent job at clearly demonstrating the simple, powerful insights statistics can provide in a variety of business settings,” says Martineau. “He is particularly good at teaching to a range of students' professional backgrounds, making things easy to understand for those with less quantitative experience while providing more advanced insight for those interested in delving deeper into the subject matter.”

Shumoni Mehta, BS 11, a student in Suh’s Introduction to Financial Accounting course, describes Suh as a great mentor who provided valuable career advice during recruiting season.

“What makes Professor Suh such a great professor is much more than expertise in her field: It is her ability to really connect with students,” Mehta says. “She remembers what it is like to learn, not just teach, so she makes a sincere effort to help every student, and she teaches accounting with a lot of passion and enthusiasm.”