Teaching and Learning for the 21st Century

Engage in the classroom. Apply everywhere.

With the recent reshaping of Wharton’s undergraduate and MBA curricula, we updated what we teach. Now with a set of Teaching Excellence initiatives, we are emphasizing how we teach. Our goal is to ensure that Wharton continues to define best practices in the dissemination of knowledge to our students.
We believe two factors define teaching excellence: vibrant engagement between faculty and students in the classroom and clear application of the knowledge learned to pressing challenges and opportunities beyond the classroom.
Through our focus and commitment to the principle of “engage and apply,” Wharton is creating a transformative educational experience for all of our students.
Headshot of Prof. Cachon in a light blue shirt standing inside a Wharton building
Prof. Gérard Cachon

Vice Dean of Teaching and Strategic Initiatives
Fred R. Sullivan Professor
Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions
Professor of Marketing

Our Initiatives for Teaching and Learning Excellence

Teaching Excellence Committee

A committee comprised of senior faculty will identify, develop, and share best practices in teaching throughout the School.

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  • Sigal Barsade, Joseph Frank Bernstein Professor; Professor of Management
  • Jennifer Blouin, Accounting Professor
  • Gérard Cachon, Fred R. Sullivan Professor; Professor of Operations, Information and Decision; Professor of Marketing; Vice Dean of Teaching and Strategic Initiatives
  • Michael Roberts, William H. Lawrence Professor; Professor of Finance
  • Jagmohan Singh Raju, Joseph J. Aresty Professor; Professor of Marketing; Vice Dean, Wharton Executive Education

Faculty Teaching Mentors

Appointed across Wharton’s ten academic departments, faculty teaching mentors give advice and support professors in their continuous efforts to update and improve the courses they teach.

Annual Awards

Each year, Wharton will recognize teaching excellence. Awards will be given to faculty members who deliver outstanding performance in teaching, based on student evaluations. Other awards, based on recommendations from department chairs, will be given to faculty members who made innovative contributions to teaching that were not captured by the evaluations.

The Wharton Teaching Excellence initiatives are made possible by a generous gift from Mr. Xin Zhou, a member of the School’s Board of Overseers, and co-founder, co-chairman and CEO of Chinese real estate and financial services conglomerate E-House Holdings.