Tuck has attracted a world-class faculty to Hanover, in part because the faculty-student relationship is so central to the learning environment at Tuck. This element of the culture is often just as appealing to elite academics as it is to prospective students.
Among the students, certain Tuck professors are considered a “must have” for a class, due to their reputation both as educators and as experts. Their dynamic personalities and unique teaching styles make even rigorous academics a fun and memorable learning experience. Some of these notable professors include:
Kusum Ailawadi, Charles Jordan 1911 TU’’12 Professor of Marketing
Known for her remarkable ability to make marketing science methods relevant to business practice, Professor Ailawadi sets high expectations of her students in the classroom, encouraging them to learn from each other in a way that echoes Tuck’s core values. Within the field of marketing, her expertise also includes econometrics and statistics. Professor Ailawadi’s marketing electives offer students a unique opportunity to bridge the creative thought process with practical research and rigorous analysis.
Paul Argenti, Professor of Corporate Communication
Nothing is more indicative of Professor Argenti’s passion for communication than the manner in which he practices what he preaches. His annual first-year lecture on Time Management for MBAs is just the introduction to what he offers Tuck students in the realms of general management, corporate communication, and corporate social responsibility. Tuck has consistently received high marks in communication instruction due to the scholarship and teachings of Professor Argenti and his colleagues.
Ella Bell, Professor of Business Administration
A dynamic speaker, Professor Bell has a way of motivating students to take action. Her friendly, no-nonsense demeanor encourages students to honestly examine their own views as they develop capacities for embracing diverse perspectives in her popular second-year elective, Leadership Out of the Box. Her approach to organizational behavior is molded by her research on issues such as work-life balance and challenges faced by women (and especially women of color) in the corporate world. Outside of the Tuck community, she is also known for her column, “Working It,” in Essence magazine and her book, Our Separate Ways: Black and White Women and the Struggle for Professional Identity.
Kenneth French, Carl E. and Catherine M. Heidt Professor of Finance
Among his many accolades, Professor French is best known for his work in developing the Fama-French Three Factor Model, completed in conjunction with Eugene Fama of the University of Chicago. Given Professor French’s expertise in the areas of portfolio theory, asset pricing, dividend policy, and capital structure, it is no surprise that students flock to his classroom for a taste of the perspective he brings to investing in the capital markets. Students especially benefit from his balance of professor and practitioner, serving as the director of investment strategy at Dimensional Fund Advisors. In turn, he is impressed by the manner in which Tuck students negotiate a balance between studies and activities, since he himself enjoys cycling, snowshoeing, and hiking, offering further proof of how Tuck really does facilitate exchanges “outside” of the classroom.
Vijay Govindarajan, Coxe Distinguished Professor, Director of Tuck’s Center for Global Leadership
Fondly referred to as “VG” by his students and throughout the business community, Professor Govindarajan has been recognized as a thought leader and top-ranked professor of strategy by numerous publications, such as Businessweek, Forbes, and The London Times. He was voted the #3 greatest business thinker in the world by Thinkers50 in 2011 and #5 in 2013. In the most recent ranking, he was ranked the #1 Indian management thinker. His electives for second-year students are among the most popular courses at Tuck. After taking a year-long leave of absence to serve as GE’s first “professor in residence” and chief innovation consultant, VG returned to Tuck in 2009. True to Tuck form, and in spite of his stature outside of Tuck, VG remains accessible to students. He is also the co-author with Chris Trimble of the highly acclaimed book, Reverse Innovation.