The Fuqua faculty is populated with many prominent business leaders, researchers, and teachers. Among Duke MBA students, a handful of professors are considered a “must have” due to their reputation both as educators and as experts. This list isn’t merely a collection of famous names, but rather the instructors that Fuqua students deem to be essential for the full experience. These notable professors include:
Dan Ariely, James B. Duke Professor of Behavioral Economics
Professor Ariely is a fairly recent addition to the Fuqua School of Business, hailing from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. Although he first began teaching in 2007, his classes immediately reached capacity with extensive waiting lists. Unregistered students are sometimes spotted in his classroom just to hear his lectures. Students rave about Professor Ariely’s behavioral economics class and his highly acclaimed book, Predictably Irrational, which has been hailed as the next Freakonomics and is used extensively in his course. Professor Ariely focuses on how people actually act in the marketplace as opposed to how rational people are expected to behave. He has also provided commentary for the New York Times and CNN, with his research being cited in New York Magazine, the Washington Post, and Financial Times.
Doug Breeden, William W. Priest, Jr. Professor of Finance
Professor Breeden is the former dean of the Fuqua School of Business and a highly respected Fuqua faculty member. He is also the founder and chairman of the successful Smith Breeden Associates, a global asset management firm with more than $10 billion under management. Smith Breeden frequently hires Fuqua interns and graduates. Professor Breeden donated generously during Fuqua’s recent building expansion, and Breeden Hall was named in his honor. In 2010, Professor Breeden was elected into the Society of Fellows of the American Finance Association, a select group of distinguished finance scholars. With Professor Breeden’s acclaimed academic and professional background, his finance classes are in high demand and fill up immediately.
David Robinson, William and Sue Gross Distinguished Research Fellow, Professor of Finance
Professor Robinson is a very popular instructor due to his keen finance and entrepreneurial insight as well as his engaging discussions and unique sense of humor. His Entrepreneurial Finance class is always in high demand. The class features guest speakers including successful entrepreneurs and venture capitalists as well as a consulting firm, which presents a live case. Professor Robinson is very approachable and often provides guidance to students interested in entrepreneurial pursuits.
Shane Dikolli, Assistant Professor of Accounting
Professor Dikolli hails from Australia and has established himself as a highly demanded professor. His passion and ability to make abstract concepts easy to understand make him very popular. Students rave about his interesting lectures, in which he provides unique and relevant examples to explore academic theories. He has won the DaimlerChrysler teaching award multiple times and was named the fourth-most-popular professor in a 2011 BusinessWeek survey. He frequently attends Fuqua Fridays and other events to enjoy social and academic conversations with current students.