h2 id=”popularprofessors”>Popular Professors
Wharton’s faculty boasts some of the biggest names in the business. It goes without saying that all of the professors are popular, but if you want a coveted spot in one of these professor’s classes, you’ll be in good company:
Franklin Allen. Professor Allen’s approachable and engaging teaching style and ability to make complex corporate finance topics simpler to understand have won over Wharton students year after year. His introductory finance class, which he has taught for 25+ years, has often been referred to as a “well-polished diamond.”
Eric Bradlow. Professor Bradlow is well loved by students not just for his teaching prowess and ability to make dry topics such as marketing research dynamic, but also for his affable manner, teaching enthusiasm, approachability, and genuine interest in getting to know students.
Brian Bushee. It’s Wharton, so it’s no surprise that accounting is popular, and Professor Bushee, who joined Wharton from HBS, is a student favorite. Bushee received the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2014, the Teaching Commitment & Innovation Award in 2014, and the Award for Distinguished Teaching at the University of Pennsylvania in 2015—proof that tenured professors can and do care about just as much about teaching as about their research.
Stuart Diamond. The recipient of top student ratings every year, Professor Diamond’s Negotiations course is a tough one in which to gain a seat. Influenced very much by his own experiences versus just negotiation theory, Professor Diamond uses and refines his negotiating methods every day in his own strategic consulting practice, where he advises and trains Fortune 500 companies, veteran executives, and even heads of state. Negotiation courses are a must-take before embarking on any negotiations with potential employers.
Adam Grant. Known for the book Give and Take, Professor Grant is the youngest full professor at Wharton. He teaches leadership and negotiation.
Ethan Mollick.Professor Mollick teaches entrepreneurship; courses include Entrepreneurship and Formation and Implementation of Entrepreneurial Ventures.
Michael Roberts. Professor Roberts’s Corporate Valuation course is a must-take for future bankers, venture capitalists, and finance executives.
Jeremy Siegel. In addition to being a world-renowned and very high-profile finance expert whose book Stocks for the Long Run is considered one of the top books on investing, Professor Siegel is considered one of the best professors on the Wharton faculty. A Wharton legend, Dr. Siegel’s macroeconomics class is known for the opening market summary. Standing room only for the first 20 minutes or so, the unenrolled leave after the market recap.
Karl Ulrich. A 20-plus-year veteran of the operations department, Professor Ulrich’s teaching now focuses on Product Design & Development.
Michael Useem. A world-renowned expert on corporate leadership and change management, Professor Useem consistently ranks among the most popular professors at Wharton. His extremely interactive teaching approach and dramatic storytelling ability—featuring examples ranging from the boardrooms of Fortune 500 companies to famous military moments to NGO and nonprofit organizations—captivate his students.
Z. John Zhang. Professor Zhang epitomizes genuine enthusiasm for his area of expertise (pricing). It’s clear that pricing problems keep Professor Zhang up at night. Students love Professor Zhang’s passion for his subject and his ability to integrate real-world examples into very theoretical course content.