UCR Business Faculty Honored for Their Outstanding Work in the Classroom

By Laurie McLaughlin |

UCR School of Business faculty recently received recognition with student-voted accolades for their effectiveness and expertise in the classroom:

Assistant Professor of Teaching in Information Systems Rich Yueh was honored with the 2021-2022 James Merino Innovation Award, which was created and endowed by alumnus James Merino ’98 to recognize faculty bringing new ideas, methods, tools, and technology to the classroom; the award includes a $5,000 prize. In evaluating potential honorees, students judge the effectiveness of innovative teaching, originality, use of interactive teaching tools, communication strategies, and overall teaching practice and how well it improves student learning.

Assistant Professor of Teaching in Management Kyle Ingram was the recipient of the 2021-2022 Shulman Endowed Excellence in Teaching Award, which was established by an alumnus and his wife to honor David Shulman, a former associate professor of management and economics. The designation recognizes an exemplary business professor who embodies the fulfillment of learning through excellence and achievements in teaching, just as Professor Shulman did. In selecting an awardee, students examine the “professor’s capacity to awaken in students an awareness of the subject and its relationship to other fields of knowledge,” in addition to spurring curiosity and creativity, encouraging high standards, and providing an academic environment open and encouraging to all students. The award includes a $5,000 prize for the professor. Ingram was also selected by UCR’s faculty Academy of Distinguished Teaching for the 2022 Innovative Teaching Award, which acknowledges his original, inventive, and impactful approach to instruction.

For the Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence, students choose the professors providing the best overall classroom experience for learning, engagement, teaching style, and innovative teaching methods. Each honoree receives $2,500, and the 2021-2022 Golden Apple recipients in their respective categories are:

  • Lecturer John Acker for Business Administration Pre-requisite and Core Courses
  • Associate Professor of Management Michael Haselhuhn for Business Administrative Elective Courses
  • Assistant Professor of Management Ye Li for Graduate Elective Courses (tie)
  • Lecturer Alexandru Roman for Graduate Core Courses
  • Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Professor of Marketing Rami Zwick for Graduate Elective Courses (tie)


Congratulations to each of these exemplary professors.


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Header image (from left to right): UCR Business faculty awards recipients Ye Li, Rich Yueh, Kyle Ingram, Michael Haselhuhn, and Rami Zwick