Marriott School Professor Receives Maeser Teaching Award

Known for his engaging lectures and colorful Hawaiian shirts, Marriott School of Management professor E. Kay Stice was recently awarded the prestigious Karl G. Maeser Excellence in Teaching Award. The award, presented to three Brigham Young University professors at the annual University Conference, is based on university citizenship, rigorous instruction and research or creative work.

"Kay Stice engages the mind and heart of students," says Michael Thompson, Marriott School associate dean. "He understands how important the architecture of a course is — how important the details and the design of classes really are. Add to that incredible wit and a sense of the comedy of life, and year after year we have students say he is one of the best teachers they've ever had."

Stice began teaching at BYU in 1998 and is described by students as a teacher who cares about their success, even in highly demanding accounting courses. Recognized for the positive learning environment of his classes, Stice received the Marriott School's Merrill J. Bateman Award for Outstanding Faculty in 2008, Marriott School Teaching Excellence Award in 2004 and numerous other outstanding teaching awards from other universities.

Stice earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in accountancy in 1981 and 1982 from BYU and his doctorate from Cornell University in 1988. Before teaching at BYU, Stice taught at China Europe International Business School, Rice University, University of Arizona and the Kellogg–Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Executive MBA program.

Nominations for the Karl G. Maeser Excellence in Teaching Award are submitted by faculty peers, emphasizing course evaluations, activities in course development and improvement, the scholarship of teaching and innovative approaches to teaching. Previous Marriott School winners of the Maeser Award include William Baker in 2006, Bill Swinyard in 2002, Hal Heaton in 2001, Jim Stice in 1999, Warner Woodworth in 1995 and Boyd Randall in 1994.

The Marriott School is located at Brigham Young University, the largest privately owned, church-sponsored university in the United States. The school has nationally recognized programs in accounting, business management, public management, information systems and entrepreneurship. The school's mission is to prepare men and women of faith, character and professional ability for positions of leadership throughout the world. Approximately 3,000 students are enrolled in the Marriott School's graduate and undergraduate programs.

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