was a lot to be happy about, said Dean Dipak Jain, addressing
about 150 Kellogg School faculty and staff dinner guests assembled
at this year’s annual Oh Be Joyful celebration in June.
Behind him on a table stood the 2001 intellectual output for
the Kellogg School: 86 articles, 30 book chapters, 17 cases
and 18 textbooks.
“This event is an opportunity to reflect
on the achievements of all of you, our dedicated faculty and
staff. It is your collective passion that keeps Kellogg at
the very top of the rankings.”
Oh Be Joyful began more than a decade ago
when Dean Donald Jacobs decided that Kellogg would benefit
from an event that brought together the entire Kellogg community
to take stock of their efforts over the previous year.
“The original motivation behind Oh Be
Joyful wasn’t to do anything other than celebrate the
joy of our work and the intellectual and social significance
of the accomplishments of the faculty and staff,” recalled
Jacobs. The event was patterned after a similar tradition
at Unilever Corp., he said.
Over time, the program grew more structured,
although the celebration still retains its amiable air. Today,
Oh Be Joyful provides an opportunity to share faculty and
staff promotions, mark service milestones, honor professors
for their teaching and research, and acknowledge outstanding
staff members for their dedication to Kellogg, said Robert
Magee, associate dean of academic affairs (faculty and research).
Among the many recognitions announced at this
year’s celebration was the winner of the inaugural Stanley
Reiter Best Paper Award. “Convicting the Innocent: The
Inferiority of Unanimous Jury Verdicts Under Strategic Voting”
was written by Timothy Feddersen, the Wendell Hobbs Professor
of Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences (co-authored
by Wolfgang Pesendorfer) and appeared in the American Political
Science Review (vol. 92, no. 1). The Reiter Award is presented
each year for the article judged to be best from among those
published by Kellogg School faculty in the preceding four
Other announcements on the faculty side recognized
the Chairs’ Core Course Teaching Awards, the Sidney
J. Levy Teaching Awards, the Lawrence G. Lavengood Professor
of the Year, and the EMP and Alumni Reunion Outstanding Professor
of the Year Awards.
Karl Schmedders received the Lavengood award
and Dean Jain was recognized as the Alumni Reunion Professor
of the Year. Dawn Iacobucci and Joel Shalowitz were honored
for 15 years of service, while Edward Hughes and Robert Neuschel
were honored for their 25 years of service, and Mark Satterthwaite
and Brian Sternthal for their 30 years of service.
“We are extremely proud of our faculty’s
exceptional and frequently path breaking research,”
said David Besanko, associate dean of academic affairs (curriculum
and teaching). “Their work demonstrates both rigor and
relevance. We are also proud of the outstanding job our faculty
are doing inside the classroom. By all available measures
of student satisfaction, teaching at Kellogg is as strong
as it has ever been.”
Staff recognitions included service milestones
such as Associate Dean Vennie Lyons and Associate Dean Edmund
Wilson’s 30 years at Kellogg. Lolotte Olkowski was noted
for her 15 years at the school, while Mariellen Gibson received
Staff Service Recognition.