Press release - 5 February 2019

Ivey Business School’s David Wood named as Outstanding Case Teacher 2019

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David WoodOn the inaugural #WorldCaseTeachingDay, The Case Centre announces David Wood, Operations Management faculty member and MBA Program Director at The Ivey Business School, as the 2019 Outstanding Case Teacher competition winner.

Presented annually since 2013, the global Outstanding Case Teacher competition recognises exceptional teachers who are achieving excellence through innovative and creative approaches to case teaching.

Richard McCracken, Director of The Case Centre and chair of the judging panel, said: “David’s exceptional case teaching is evidenced by his nearly perfect teaching evaluations, the remarks of colleagues and students, and the fact he was rated in the top 5% of the faculty at a business school renowned for case teaching. 

“The students who nominated David speak clearly of his ‘real world’ experience, and his ability to bring that experience in to the case classroom. They also highlight his commitment to getting to know his students, his dedication to preparing for class, and his skill in guiding case discussions.

“In addition to his ability in the classroom, all our judges were extremely impressed by David’s inspirational wider commitment to case teaching. This is demonstrated by his participation as a coach for students on the Ivey LEADER Project, his exploration of how technology can enhance the case classroom, and his work on new versions of the influential case method books co-authored by Michiel Leenders, Louise Mauffette-Leenders and James A. Erskine.

“The competition attracted entries of a very high standard and he is a worthy winner of this prestigious prize.”

David commented: “I truly enjoy teaching my students about business, leadership, and how to handle some of the more complex challenges they will face in their career. The case method is what has enabled my students to integrate the traditional disciplines of business education into one holistic approach. Knowing that my students nominated me for the award makes this honour that much more gratifying.”

The Case Centre is the independent home of the case method and is dedicated to advancing the case method worldwide, sharing knowledge, wisdom and experience to inspire and transform business education across the globe. It is a not-for-profit organisation and registered charity.

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

Antoinette Mills, +44 (0)1234 756416, antoinette@thecasecentre.org


Notes for Editors:

  1. Meet the winner
  2. Testimonials from students and colleagues
  3. Competition criteria and judging
  4. About The Case Centre
  5. #WorldCaseTeachingDay

1. Meet the winner

David Wood David Wood is a Lecturer in Operations Management, and MBA Program Director at the Ivey Business School.

Prior to joining Ivey in 2009, David spent many years in industry as the Director of Sales & Marketing in the US and then VP Manufacturing before becoming President for W. C. Wood Company, a global manufacturer of home appliances.

During his time at Ivey David has shown an inspirational commitment to case teaching, this is reflected in his teaching evaluations, and the remarks of colleagues and students.

David has also worked with Ivey Publishing to explore how technology can enhance the case-based classroom, and introduced the first blended learning program at Ivey. In addition to his written case studies, he has also published a multimedia case.

With Michiel Leenders, Louise Mauffette-Leenders and James A Erskine, David is currently co-authoring new versions of the Ivey best-selling case method books: Teaching with Cases, Writing Cases, and Learning with Cases.

David also won Ivey’s David G. Burgoyne Teaching Award for Outstanding Commitment to Student Development in 2014.

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2. Testimonials from students and colleagues

“David’s ‘real-word’ business experience brings a richness to his case sessions, and while he doesn’t shirk the academic or theoretical aspects of his topics, he is quick to ground them in real-terms. David is a very effective facilitator of case discussions. He has an uncanny ability to allow the class to lead discussions, while subtly pulling on themes or asking provocative questions to push the discussion to the key issue of a particular case. He also does an excellent job of ensuring shallow comments do not crowd out insight and thoughtful reflection. David is notoriously well prepared for class and goes above and beyond by understanding the professional background of students and how that might relate to each case.” Tom Hansen, HBA 2013, MBA 2018

“I volunteered in the LEADER Project where groups of Ivey students teach business in developing countries using the case method. David ran a highly effective workshop to teach us how to run a case session. It also demonstrated to me how deliberate David is in his own case teaching. Having completed my time teaching with the cases I better understand how difficult it is to be truly great at moderating the discussion and keeping the class on track. David does this in an excellent way.” Nina Turkiewicz, MBA 2018

“David’s commitment to innovative teaching approaches is well known amongst his colleagues. He has sought out opportunities for continuous improvement including participating in external case teaching workshops and, importantly, bringing those learnings back to Ivey. He spearheaded the Advanced Case Teaching Workshop initiative that many of our non-junior faculty members participated in with great success. David also was the instigator of dramatic quality-enhancing and well-received changes to our Ivey Field Project course.” Mary Gillett, Lecturer, Managerial Accounting and Control, Ivey Business School

“David is an exceptional and dedicated case teacher and writer. He has been innovative in his approach to case class preparation, and has introduced a virtual team discussion component where students address additional questions prior to class through our learning management system. This approach to preparation has enhanced student understanding of the case and has noticeably elevated the overall classroom discussion.” Lyn Purdy, Associate Dean of Programs, Ivey Business School

3. Competition criteria and judging

Presented annually since 2013, the global Outstanding Case Teacher competition recognises exceptional teachers who are achieving excellence through innovative and creative approaches to case teaching.

Entrants are nominated by their students. Nominees are then invited to submit detailed information about their case teaching approach. Their entry must also be supported by student rating data and testimonials from colleagues.

Entries are then judged an expert panel.

2019 Outstanding Case Teacher judges: Scott Andrews, University of Worcester; Laurel Austin, Ivey Business School; Paul Juras, Babson College; and Richard McCracken, The Case Centre.

4. The Case Centre

The Case Centre is the independent home of the case method. We are dedicated to advancing the case method worldwide, sharing knowledge, wisdom and experience to inspire and transform business education across the globe. We are a not-for-profit organisation and registered charity.

We:

We are a membership organisation and our growing case method community of over 500 member organisations worldwide is at the heart of everything we do.

www.thecasecentre.org

Governance

We are governed by our Memorandum and Articles of Association. Our Executive Committee, comprising up to fourteen annually elected academic representatives from member organisations, meets four times a year to establish our policy and oversee our progress. Our US operation is overseen by a board of directors from academia and business.

5. #WorldCaseTeachingDay

Every day, in thousands of business schools around the globe, classrooms come alive as fundamental beliefs and assertions are challenged, and students learn to think differently and more effectively through the case method.

The first annual #WorldCaseTeachingDay takes place on 5 February 2019 to celebrate the contribution that this powerful pedagogical tool makes to the lives and careers of students and educators worldwide.

www.worldcaseteachingday.org

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