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Teaching Excellence at Gies

At Gies, we are committed to fostering a culture of continued excellence in teaching. We offer a variety of initiatives and activities to support faculty, and we celebrate and reward exceptional teaching and teaching innovations.

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Professional Development and Support

The Gies Teaching and Learning unit plays a pivotal role in supporting Gies faculty. From workshop series and webinars to financial support and personalized consultations, Gies Teaching and Learning is dedicated to enhancing teaching practices and driving innovation in the classroom.

Workshop Series

Our cohort- and theme-based workshop series cover topics such as best practices in course design, assessment, inclusive teaching, and effective use of learning technologies. They consist of a mix of synchronous and asynchronous activities  and span two to three weeks. 

Monthly Webinars

Teaching with Innovative Technology Coffee Hours
Offered in partnership with the Disruption Lab, this webinar series features Gies instructors showcasing how they use innovative technologies in their classrooms.

AI Discovery Series
An exploration of the intersection between teaching and learning and generative Artificial Intelligence by Gies Faculty and the Teaching and Learning team.

Supporting Teaching and Learning Innovations

Teaching and Learning Faculty Innovation Scholars Program
This program provides financial support to faculty who undertake innovative learning activities and develop educational materials that advance the College’s commitment to fostering excellence in business education.

Consultations and Guidance

Expert staff provides personalized teaching and pedagogy guidance and support.

Faculty Teaching Awards and Recognition

We take pride in the many College, university, and national teaching awards our faculty have received, as well as the high praise they receive from learners. For Fall 2022 and Winter 2022-23, 103 Gies faculty members earned rankings of “excellent” or “outstanding” in evaluations by their students.

GBAA Excellence-in-Teaching Awards

Each year, the Gies Business Alumni Association (GBAA) recognizes Gies faculty who exhibit excellence in the classroom. They are honored with awards that include the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and Excellence in Graduate Teaching awards.

University of Illinois Awards for Teaching Excellence

The Office of the Provost recognizes faculty and teaching assistants from across the University of Illinois for excellence in teaching each year. Below is a list of the Gies faculty who have received the prestigious Office of the Provost Excellence in Teaching Awards.

Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award
Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award
Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award
Excellence in Graduate and Professional Teaching Award

Poets&Quants Top 50 Undergraduate Business Professors

Faculty Spotlights

Unnati Narang, assistant professor of business administration, and Vishal Sachdev, clinical associate professor of business administration, have received the campus-wide 2023 Provost's Initiative on Teaching Advancement (PITA) Award to undertake a project on the role of AI in education. The objective of the project is to examine how to effectively use generative AI tools like ChatGPT to enhance learner outcomes and disseminate their findings through instructor workshops and research publications. 

Professor Narang and Sachdev were also among the eight Gies faculty members who have been named Teaching and Learning Faculty Innovation Scholars for academic year 2023-24.

Unnati Narang

Vishal Sachdev, Associate Professor of Business Administration

Vishal Sachdev

AACSB Accreditation

Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). We hold both business and accounting accreditation.

AACSB accreditation is a rigorous process that evaluates business schools on a multitude of criteria, including faculty qualifications, teaching effectiveness, research contribution, societal impact, and student learning outcomes. It reflects our dedication to providing a top-notch educational experience to our students and our commitment to preparing our students for success in the dynamic and ever-evolving world of business.

Gies Teaching and Learning

The Gies Teaching and Learning unit is dedicated to enhancing the pedagogical expertise of Gies College of Business faculty to create high-quality, transformational learning experiences for our students. The expert staff offers expertise, advice, and support in instructional design, learning technologies, and best practices for teaching and learning to help faculty provide high quality transformational learning experiences.