University of Virginia Darden School of Business Professor Andrew Wicks last week taught a “Master Class in Business Ethics” as part of Brigham Young University (BYU) Marriott School of Management’s third annual conference, Teaching Ethics at Universities. This distinction included for Wicks and five other professors an honorarium and a Master Teacher in Ethics award, presented during the 22-24 May conference.
Hosted by the Marriott School of Management’s Wheatley Institution and the Society for Business Ethics, the conference featured what BYU called “six of the best ethics faculty in the country, each teaching one of their favorite classes” on the BYU campus in Provo, Utah. Conference attendees consisted primarily of business ethics faculty, along with a few students and faculty from other areas.
Wicks says he was asked to teach the class as he would teach one of his classes at Darden. “We were given the opportunity to teach a favorite class, followed by a question and answer session. Fellow professors who sat in on the classes would ask questions such as, ‘Why did you address the class in that manner, why did you break students into teams,’ and so on.” With classes arranged in 90-minute blocks, followed by discussion among the class participants and observers, he says each master teacher had the opportunity to shine.
In advance of his presentation, Wicks was asked to hand out a one-page overview of the class session he would teach, so that attendees would not need introductory remarks to understand the goal of his class. Students were seated in the front of the classroom to simulate a real classroom environment.
Wicks adds that an “interesting twist” to the master teacher experience was that he taught not only in front of novice business ethics teachers but also in front of some “very seasoned professors, as well as the other five ‘master teachers’ selected by BYU. This made the sessions both more exciting and richer, and they added to the pressure on my performance. Overall, it was a great experience and a wonderful chance to highlight some Darden material – the Danville Airlines case – and the Darden approach to teaching.”
The other five participating “master teachers” at this year’s conference were: Daylian Cain, assistant professor, Yale School of Management; Adam Galinsky, professor of ethics & decision in management, Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management; Kirk O. Hanson, professor of social ethics & executive director, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University, and emeritus faculty, Stanford University; Katie Liljenquist, assistant professor, organizational leadership & strategy, BYU Marriott School of Management; and Joshua D. Margolis, professor of business administration & faculty director, Christensen Center for Teaching & Learning, Harvard Business School.
A video of Wicks’ presentation in the master class will be available this summer.
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