Despite his humility, this isn't the first time Prentice has been recognized for his top-notch teaching. Earlier this year, he was among the 12 professors selected from the University of Texas System's nine universities for induction into the inaugural class of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers. The Academy was created to recognize outstanding educators across the UT System.
To be considered for his latest award, Prentice was among 14 professors nationwide who submitted a lengthy proposal to ALSB, the professional association of business law professors. From those proposals, a committee of past winners selected four finalists, who then presented their lectures at the ALSB convention to an audience of around 150 professors.
Prentice included a video on role morality from the Ethics Unwrapped series in his presentation. The video series aims to provide a high-quality, entertaining educational resource for teaching or learning about ethical decision-making. "Because today's students are visual learners and because most of the videos we have produced so far for Ethics Unwrapped illustrate concepts related to behavioral ethics, they are a wonderful learning tool," he says.
Prentice says he was pleased to win the award, especially since the topic of behavioral ethics represents a personal crusade for him. His enthusiasm is apparently contagious: Following his presentation, Prentice was approached by several professors who asked for copies of his PowerPoint slides, which he provided. "Many professors in the audience told me that they intend to use our Ethics Unwrapped videos to teach the subject," he says.
Sounds like even his fellow professors have something to learn from Prentice.
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