September 01, 2004

David Lewin speaks at 2004 Emba CommencementLOS ANGELES - Professor David Lewin is the deserving recipient of the 2004 Executive MBA (EMBA) Faculty Teaching Award. Each year the graduating EMBA class votes to select one professor that made a particularly significant impact on the class.  According to Donald Haisch, EMBA Class of '04 Representative, “One individual in particular stood out in the current year. Professor David Lewin’s passion, dedication and tremendous knowledge base made his human resources class an especially memorable and lasting experience.” 

At the EMBA Commencement Ceremony on August 7, 2004, students presented Professor Lewin with a silver plaque recognizing his outstanding teaching and contribution to their learning experience. George Geis, Associate Dean and Faculty Director of the EMBA Program, summed up David Lewin’s contribution as follows: "Over the years, Professor Lewin's course on human resource management and strategy has been highly valued by our EMBA students. We appreciate David's commitment to the EMBA program and applaud his richly deserved recognition."

"My teaching style can probably be described as actively Socratic," says Professor Lewin. "I try to address topics through 'deep conversations' rather than through straight lecture. My main teaching emphasis is on analytical frameworks, which I believe constitute the main, enduring content that students learn in my courses. In addition to learning the frameworks, students must show me that they can apply them to decision problems, issues, cases and the like."

Professor Lewin says that EMBA students tend to be at a stage of their learning, life and career where they find these analytical frameworks helpful in making sense of their professional and personal experiences. "The level and experience of the EMBA students also means that I give a somewhat stronger emphasis to Human Resource/People Management Strategy than I generally do in the MBA and FEMBA Programs," he says.

Professor Lewin came to UCLA Anderson as a tenured full professor in 1990 after spending 20 years at Columbia Business School. From 1990-1994, he also served as director of the UCLA Institute of Industrial Relations. In 1998, Professor Lewin received an award for Distinguished Leadership in the UCLA Anderson School Executive EMBA Program. That year, he was also named Neil H. Jacoby Chair in Management, Human Resources and Organizational Behavior.

In August 2003, Professor Lewin was named senior associate dean of the MBA Program. He was instrumental in developing a two-unit course, Leadership Foundations, as part of the MBA Orientation Program. Professor Lewin notes, "The course is designed to help students develop forward-looking plans for enhancing their leadership strengths and overcoming their weaknesses." The course was introduced with the MBA Class of 2005.

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