Cal Poly has selected professors from the colleges of Agriculture, Business and Engineering -- all cited for their challenging classes -- to receive the university's highest teaching award.
J. Michael Geringer, a professor of global strategy and law since 1992, Brent G. Hallock, a member of the Soil Science Department since 1979, and Clinton A. Staley, computer science professor since 1988, were named 1999-2000 Distinguished Teachers. They will be recognized at Spring Commencement ceremonies June 10.
Geringer teaches courses in strategic management, international management, joint ventures and alliances, and mergers and acquisitions.
He has earned a number of awards, including the 1997-98 Professor of the Year Award from the Korean Executive MBA Program and the 1996 Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award from Cal Poly's College of Business.
"Professor Geringer has a very deep understanding of the subject matter and relates it to his students using real-world as well as theoretical examples that provide the deepest understanding," said a nominating student.
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A prolific writer and active presenter at conferences around the world, Geringer has authored or co-authored more than 100 published papers, chapters and monographs.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Business at Indiana University in Bloomington and a master's and a doctorate from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Washington in Seattle. Geringer lives in Cambria.
Hallock, who maintains an "open-door" policy with his students, believes "teaching is the science, art and philosophy of motivating students to learn." He teaches introductory soil science, soil and water conversation, fertilizers and plant nutrition, urban erosion control, and rangeland management.
Hallock developed Cal Poly's minor in soil science, presently under review for adoption. He has served as chapter advisor for the Golden Key National Honor Society since 1997, and in 1999 the chapter earned the Western's Division's "Most Improved Chapter" award. He was named the College of Agriculture's 1997 Dole Outstanding Teacher.
Hallock earned a bachelor's and a master's degree in range management and a doctorate in soils and plant nutrition, all from UC Davis. He lives in San Luis Obispo.
Staley, who was named Cal Poly Computer Science Teacher of the Year in 1993, 1998 and 1999, teaches computer programming, accelerated introduction to computer science, and object-oriented graphical user interface design.
He was also named Cal Poly Computer Engineering Teacher of the Year in 1999, and in 1989 received an Inspirational Award for classroom excellence and student rapport.
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Staley earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics and English from Principia College in Illinois and a master's degree in computer science and a doctorate in computer engineering from UC Santa Barbara. He is a resident of Atascadero.
The distinguished teachers are nominated by students and alumni of the university. Cal Poly has named 114 distinguished professors since the awards program began in 1964.
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