Perakis and Zhang win 2014 Jamieson Teaching Awards

Two MIT Sloan faculty members awarded for innovation and excellence in teaching

April 10, 2014

The 2014 MIT Sloan recipients of the Jamieson Teaching Awards are Professor Georgia Perakis and Associate Professor Juanjuan Zhang.

The Jamieson Prize for Excellence in Teaching Award, the most prestigious teaching prize offered by the School, was established in 2006 and is awarded each year to two MIT Sloan faculty members, as well as two electrical engineering and computer science faculty members, for their contributions to educational excellence at MIT.

The awards are funded by a gift from J. Burgess Jamieson, SB ’52, and his wife, Libby.

   Georgia PerakisGeorgia Perakis

Perakis, the William F. Pounds Professor of Management, a professor of operations research and operations management, and the MIT Sloan faculty co-director of the Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) program, was cited for her “dedication, passion, and innovative thinking that have had a long-standing impact on the School.” Read a full summary on the LGO website.

Recently, Perakis said she was “thrilled” with the award. “This is wonderful, and it’s quite an honor,” she said.

Perakis, who has been a member of the faculty since 1998, said she’s passionate about her job because of the students that she teaches and mentors. “The students here are amazing, and they shape who I am. I feel like a constant student because I am always learning from them,” she said.

   Juanjuan ZhangJuanjuan Zhang

Zhang is an associate professor who teaches marketing management and studies social interactions and marketing strategies. The Jamieson Prize Selection Committee noted her “dedication to knowledge dissemination and pedagogical innovation, with impact extending across the Institute.”

The committee also said of Zhang, “She has transformed Marketing Management, the core marketing class mainly for Sloan undergraduate and non-Sloan students, yielding dramatically increased annual course enrollments, with about 60 percent from other disciplines … as well as attracting Harvard and Wellesley undergraduates.”

Zhang said she was “deeply thankful” for the award. “MIT Sloan has been really supportive of my teaching over the years,” she said. “My colleagues have gone out of their way to help, and my students have brought so much enthusiasm into the classroom, which makes teaching an inspiring experience to me.”