University of Toronto: Rotman School of Management gets Dean's Awards

TORONTO – Three faculty members at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have been named the recipients of the 2011 Dean’s Awards for Excellence in Research and Teaching. The purpose of the awards is to annually recognize and encourage excellence in the research and teaching activities of Rotman faculty members.

Mara Lederman, an associate professor of strategic management and Sanford DeVoe, an assistant professor of organizational behaviour and human resource management, are the co-winners of the Award for Excellence in Research. Francesco Bova, an assistant professor of accounting, received the Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Prof. Lederman has been a faculty member at the Rotman School since 2003. She holds a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research is in the area of industrial organization and strategy and has published numerous papers on the airline and video game industries. Her work has appeared in many leading academic journals in economics and strategic management.

Prof. DeVoe came to the Rotman School in 2007 after completing a PhD at Stanford University. His research examines the psychological dimensions of incentives within organizations including looking at the tradeoffs between time and money and how each is valued. He is an editorial board member for the Academy of Management Journal and a reviewer for many of the leading academic journals in organizational behaviour and psychology.

Prof. Bova joined the Rotman School in 2008 after completing a PhD at the Yale School of Management. Since 2009 he has taught a financial accounting course in the first year of the Rotman Full Time MBA program winning an Excellence in Teaching Award each year. In 2009 he created and began teaching a five day pre-course aimed at students unfamiliar with financial accounting, which is offered before the start of the Full Time MBA program. He has also taught in the Rotman Commerce and PhD programs.

In addition, 135 instructors were honoured with Rotman Excellence in Teaching Awards for the 2010-11 academic year. This Award is based on students’ evaluations of instructors’ performance in the Rotman School’s MBA, Master of Finance, Executive MBA, OMNIUM Global Executive MBA and Rotman Commerce programs. Students ranked instructors on a scale of 1 through 7. The criteria to receive this Award is to be rated 6.0 or higher. In the previous year, 116 instructors received the award.

The Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto is redesigning business education for the 21st century with a curriculum based on Integrative Thinking. Located in the world’s most diverse city, the Rotman School fosters a new way to think that enables the design of creative business solutions.  The School is currently raising $200 million to ensure Canada has the world-class business school it deserves. For more information, visit


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