You are here: Home / News Release Archives / 2013 / March / Sharp Named 2013 Penn State Teaching Fellow

Sharp Named 2013 Penn State Teaching Fellow

Jeff Sharp, associate professor of business law in the Smeal College of Business, has received an Alumni/Student Award for Excellence in Teaching and has been named a 2013 Penn State Teaching Fellow.
March 22, 2013
Sharp Named 2013 Penn State Teaching Fellow

Jeff Sharp

Jeff Sharp, associate professor of business law in the Smeal College of Business, has received an Alumni/Student Award for Excellence in Teaching and has been named a 2013 Penn State Teaching Fellow.

The Penn State Alumni Association, in conjunction with undergraduate and graduate governing bodies, established the award in 1988. It honors distinguished teaching and provides encouragement and incentive for excellence in teaching. Recipients are expected to share their talents and expertise with others throughout the University system during the year following the award presentation.

Sharp joined the faculty in 1989 after serving as litigation counsel to national financial institutions and the FDIC during the banking crisis and recovery of the 1980s. In his business law classes, he said he strives to design and deliver the subject matter “in a context that brings personal meaning to a student either through reference to an experience or through a believable projection of one’s life into such an experience.” A nominator said that he is “legendary amongst his colleagues” for obtaining almost perfect student ratings, even in classes of 350 students.

One student wrote, “The passion shown by Jeff Sharp is unmatched and fosters an environment that encourages students like me to learn and put forth the effort to do more than simply get by.” According to another student, “The spot-on, and sometimes sarcastically comedic, examples of law in real life that he uses in class help this course to remain memorable and fresh a full two years later.”

He has been honored three times (1992, 2000, and 2006) with the Smeal College of Business Fred Brand Jr. Teaching Award, and he also has received Penn State’s Milton S. Eisenhower Award for Distinguished Teaching. In 2003, he won the Academy of Legal Studies in Business Master Teacher Symposium for his presentation “A Beatle, Some Rappers, an Uncertain Thereafter: Employing the Music Industry as a Vehicle for Teaching Copyright Law."

Recent News
Dennis Sheehan Named Faculty Director for Penn State Smeal MBA, Executive MBA Programs 19 Aug

Dennis Sheehan, the Virginia and Louis Benzak Professor of Finance at the Penn State Smeal College of Business, has been named faculty director of both the Penn State Smeal MBA Program and the Executive MBA Program in Philadelphia.

New Book Compiles Latest Legal Aspects of Business Sustainability 18 Aug

Smeal College of Business’ Dan Cahoy, professor of business law, along with colleague Jamison E. Colburn from Penn State Law, have co-edited a new book compiling the viewpoints of eight different scholars exploring the legal aspects of sustainability and its impact on business strategies. Law and the Transition to Business Sustainability was published in July, after a joint symposium held at Penn State Law School and the Smeal College of Business this fall.

Penn State Smeal MBA Student Drills into Oil and Gas Industry with ExxonMobil Internship 18 Aug

Penn State Smeal MBA Program student Donald Roenigk is using his summer internship experience to shift gears from logistics officer in the United States Marine Corps to business professional in the oil and gas industry. He has spent the last two months conducting bidding analyses related to the drilling of exploratory wells on the Projects, Drilling, and Exploration team at ExxonMobil in Houston, Texas.

Executive Education for Business Process Analysts, Enterprise Architects Now Available 15 Aug

A new offering from Penn State Executive Programs will help professionals enhance and integrate their business and information technology strategies. Business Architecture and Strategic Business Process Management (BPM) will debut on Oct. 14-15 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

New Position in Penn State Smeal MBA Program Bridges Gap Between Student Recruiting, Employer Relations 14 Aug

Brenda Fabian, assistant director of employer relations and recruiting, is the newest Penn State Smeal MBA Program staff member. Filling a new position for the college, she will be responsible for candidate recruiting as well as employer relationships.

More Recent News... More Recent News...