QSB Professor Receives Award for Excellence in Teaching
Alumni Affairs honours Rick Jackson with prestigious award
August 04, 2006
Selected by a committee consisting of faculty, students and alumni, Professor Jackson was chosen for his ability to engage students, his depth of knowledge and his innovation in curriculum development.
“Being a professor is a privilege,” says Professor Jackson, “Not least in that you get to touch students’ lives in a number of ways.”
Jackson brings his lessons to life through stories, guest lecturers and simulations to encourage meaningful discussion and engagement in the classroom.
“I try to devise exercises that give students a sense of what it is like when you apply the theory in a real dispute. I am always impressed by how thoughtfully they can invest a contrived situation with the feeling of what actually happens in arbitration or in negotiation.”
In addition to his excellence in teaching, Professor Jackson was known for what one former student described as his “tireless efforts to assist in his students’ non-academic development through participation in extra-curricular activities.” One such activity is Queen’s Intercollegiate Business Competition (ICBC) for which Jackson serves as a case writer and advisor since its inception in 1979.
A strong theme runs through the letters of support submitted with Jackson’s nomination: a professor with a gift for teaching who has had a lasting impact on many students’ lives.
“He is an inspiration as a teacher, a business leader and a person,” says Bruce Sellery, anchor of Report on Business Television’s “The Wrap” and BCom’93 grad.
What former student Laura Wright (BCom’90) appreciated most about Professor Jackson was “his unfailing dedication to help his students believe we would succeed.”
Professor Jackson is the third School of Business faculty member to receive the Alumni Affairs teaching award, preceded by Professor Frank Collom (1987) and Professor Bill Cannon (1981).
“Rick Jackson is a real asset to the School,” says Dean David Saunders. “Queen’s School of Business is fortunate to have faculty members like Professor Jackson whose exceptional teaching makes a lasting impact on our students.”
In addition to the award, Professor Jackson receives a cheque for $5,000, which he has elected to donate to two student scholarships in memory of his late colleagues Bill Miklas and Frank Collom, both former QSB professors.
Jackson says, “I want students to leave my courses feeling that their time has been well spent, that they have learned something of value, and that their lives were enriched a little.”
Professor Jackson was also recently named the BCom’64 Faculty Fellow, awarded by the School of Business for faculty who have an ongoing record of outstanding teaching and curriculum development.
Professor Jackson will be formally presented with his Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching at Homecoming in September.