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  ATTRIBUTES OF EFFECTIVE BUSINESS TEACHERS

                        Earl Simendinger, The University of Tampa
                         Bella Galperin, The University Of Tampa
                         Daniel R. LeClair, AACSB International
                         A.G. (Tassos) Malliaris, Loyola University


                                                 ABSTRACT

         AACSB International is an educational and accrediting institution, devoted to the promotion and
improvement of higher education in business administration. A new effort by AACSB is the delivery of faculty
training programs to elevate teaching effectiveness. This article describes the design, development and
delivery of this curriculum. The objective and what the reader can expect to learn from this work is what are
the most important attributes of effective business teachers. Incorporating these attributes into course design
and delivery should lead to improvements in teaching effectiveness and student’s evaluation scores, which
results in students better prepared for the business field.

                                             INTRODUCTION

         AACSB International, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business is a not-for-profit
corporation of educational institutions, corporations and other organizations devoted to the promotion and
improvement of higher education in business administration and management (AACSB, 2006). AACSB
International has for many years; in order to fulfill this mission, focused their efforts on and developing
relationships at the deans’ level. The principal activity at this level being the accreditation process colleges’
or universities can go through to achieve AACSB member recognition.
         Recently, AACSB, with the support of their deans decided to initiate programs that penetrate deeper
into their members’ organizations. This new effort, underway is designed to develop and support activities
of interest and value to teaching faculty. The first efforts took the form of a training program provided to
faculty by faculty from AACSB membership. The driving force on this program was how to better extend
AACSB excellence in teaching mission into the classroom. After a year of design and development this first
program was offered on March 23-24, 2006. The title, “Attributes of Effective Business Teachers”, was held
at their world headquarters in Tampa, Florida. The seminar sold out and is now an ongoing offering in their
list of annual seminar. The planning and research that drove the delivery of this first AACSB’s faculty
program, “Attributes of Effective Business Teachers”, is the subject of this article (AACSB, 2006).
         The objective and what the reader can expect to learn from this work is what are the most important
attributes that create effective business teachers. By identifying the most important attributes, teachers can
then incorporate them into their course design and delivery to improve their effectiveness in the classroom
and elevate their student evaluations. The more effective the teacher the better prepared the student is for the
business field they are being trained in.


                          Academy of Educational Leadership Journal, Volume 13, Number 3, 2009
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