Maria Ogneva Honored With Sloan Teaching Award
STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — Maria Ogneva, who last January began teaching for the first time in the Stanford Sloan Program, won accolades from her students who on May 20 honored her with their annual Sloan Teaching Excellence Award.
An assistant professor of accounting, Ogneva taught the financial accounting class for 57 Sloan fellows. "The Sloan Program was new to you but you probably had heard that the students were older and more opinionated," said Sloan Fellow Lakshmi Lakshmanan in introducing the award winner to her classmates during an afternoon celebration.
"We appreciated that you cared about our learning and worried about us when you thought we weren’t keeping up." Ogneva's concern extended to arranging for several help sessions, including teaching one herself the Sunday afternoon before the final exam. Students also praised her for soliciting feedback and constantly fine tuning her teaching to meet student needs.
"This class would not have been a success without you," Ogneva told the fellows. "I expected a group that was motivated, intelligent, and successful in their careers. I did not expect a group that was so genuine, so sincerely friendly and open to me."
The Stanford Sloan Program is a 10.5-month fulltime degree program for experienced managers with a minimum of eight years of experience.