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Doug Schuler Earns Faculty Service Award

HOUSTON, May 1, 2006—The Rice University Graduate Student Association has awarded Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management Associate Professor Douglas A. Schuler the Rice University Faculty Service Award for 2005-2006.  Winners are voted on by nominations from Rice MBA students.
 
Schuler said about his recognition, “It's great, it's exciting, and it's an honor to be recognized by my students for a service award. I've always enjoyed the energy of the students - and doing many activities with them - from working on school projects, to going on field trips, to eating and drinking, to dealing cards on casino night, to playing intramural sports.”
 
Schuler’s many teaching areas include: business and government relations, trade policy and politics, and globalization.  He has done extensive research on decision-making involving analyzing cost benefits of different government-affairs-related activities such as lobbying, campaign contributions, grassroots efforts, and media campaigns.  Students credit applications of Schuler’s research and his dynamic teaching style for his effectiveness in the classroom.
 
Schuler likewise attributes “smart, hard-working, intellectually-curious students” who engage in spirited and vigorous discourse in class for making his teaching experience at the Jones School enjoyable.
 
Jones students describe Schuler’s classes as challenging, thought-provoking, and enlightening.  Not only does he impress students with his dynamic teaching in the classroom, he goes beyond the classroom to help students succeed.  One example is his recently created tennis program, in collaboration with the National Association of Women MBAs (NAWMBA), for women MBAs to expand their sports horizons and develop their tennis game.   Allison Gavazzi, MBA ’06, said about the program, “The commitment from Professor Schuler and the Rice University Women's Tennis coaching staff was remarkable.”  Schuler credits much of the success of the program to a great assistant coaching staff including Michael Achard, Elizabeth Schmidt, Anousjka Van Exel and Callie Creighton Hubble.
 
Schuler added, “I hope in a small way my service is creating a stronger community at the Jones School, and I urge my colleagues and our students to intensify the efforts going forward. I believe firmly that if we are to reach the upper echelon of schools, we need to get it done not only in the classroom but outside the classroom.”
 
Rice MBA ’07 Maribel Correa said it well, “His dedication to both academic and extracurricular events is superb.  Through his work Doug Schuler makes Rice not just a university but a community.”