Marketing prof named Arizona’s best of year

Amy Ostrom, assonate professor of marketing in the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, has been named Ar9izona Professor of the Year by the Council of Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Professors from Williams College, Bristol Community College, University of Colorado, Boulder, and Eastern Connecticut State University received the four top national honors.

John Lippincott, President of CASE, said the national and state winners embody what ios best in undergraduate education.

“For our award-winning state and national Professors of the Year, teaching is not a job, it is a calling. They are as dedicated to their students as they are to their disciplines, and they are exceptional in their ability to engage students in the learning process,” Lippincott said.

“Their commitment and enthusiasm make it possible to forge strong connections with students that transcend the classroom or the lab. They do more than impart knowledge; they inspire and motivate students.”

Nearly 300 faculty from colleges and universities in the United States were nominated, and four criteria were used for judging: impact on and involvement with undergraduate students, scholarly approach to teaching and learning; contributions to undergraduate education in the institution, community and profession; and support from colleagues and current and former undergraduate students.

Ostrom, who also serves as faculty advisor to the Honors Marketing Association, was nominated for being “an exceptional classroom educator.”

Former students lauded her for being accessible, knowing each of them individually, and bringing articles and materials related to their specific interests and goals.

Ostrom said, “I am honored and humbled to be selected as the Arizona Professor of the Year.”

“Both of my parents are educators who taught me early about the responsibility and privilege that comes with teaching others. As an undergraduate student at ASU, I had outstanding role models such as Robert Ciadini and Steve Happel who helped define for me what it means to be a great teacher.”

“Today, I am fortunate to have colleagues in the Department of Marketing many who continue to help me grow as an instructor and mentor to students. Most of all, it is the students themselves who are often the teachers who inspire to do all I can to provide the best educational experience possible.

W.P. Carey Deputy Dean Phil Regier said, “Amy is an outstanding scholar who brings her research and enthusiasm into the classroom.”

“In doing so, she provides a model of the successful professor in our school: diligent and hard working, but creative and passionate in her classroom delivery. This award to Amy is a testament to her outstanding work in and out of the classroom.”

The U.S. Professors of the Year program, created in 1981, is the only national initiative specifically designed to recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring.

For more information about the U.S. Professor of the Year Award, contact Judy Grace, (480) 965-2495 or