UH Bauer Professor Celebrates 30 Years of Teaching Excellence

Published on April 24, 2009
George Gamble is being recognized for his teaching philosophy, which he says is teaching a child the way he would want one of his own to be taught.

George Gamble is being recognized for his teaching philosophy, which he says is teaching a child the way he would want one of his own to be taught.

Over the 30 years that Accountancy & Taxation Professor George Gamble has taught at the University of Houston C. T. Bauer College of Business, he has received numerous accolades, and as he celebrates the three-decade mark of his career, he is garnering recognition from the UH community.

Gamble, who is the Robert L. Grinaker Professor in Accounting and Taxation and the director of the Institute for Diversity and Cross-Cultural Management, has been selected as a finalist for the University of Houston Teaching Excellence Award and the University of Houston Career Teaching Excellence Award.

The nominations, which come from faculty, students and alumni, are deserved, said clinical professor Michael Newman, who works alongside Gamble as director of accounting programs at UH Bauer.

“He is one of the most respected and well-liked professors at UH,” Newman added. “He is an inspiration to everyone who has met him and had the privilege to work with and learn from him. More importantly, he genuinely cares about his students and is always there for them no matter what they need – career advice, tutoring, tough love or strong listening skills.”

Gamble joined the Bauer faculty in 1978 and has received more than 20 major teaching awards in his 30 years, including the Melcher Faculty Service Award several times, the Bauer College Outstanding Faculty Member in 2003 and 2004, the Educator of the Year Award by the Houston chapter of the National Black MBA Association in 2004, the Department of Accountancy & Taxation Advisory Board Outstanding Faculty Award in 2005 and the NABA Award of Achievement in 2005.

“My teaching philosophy is quite simple. I teach my students the way that I would want a child of mine taught. Which means I give 200 percent and challenge them to give me 100 percent in return,” Gamble said. “I try to challenge them intellectually and let them understand that I expect only one thing – their very best and no excuses. Hopefully, this type of work ethic will translate into them being the very best professional they can be.”

Gamble has published research more than 20 articles in top tier accounting journals, including the Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance, The Accounting Historians Journal, the Journal of Accounting Education and Spectrum.

In addition, Gamble works with local firms to host many accounting events for UH Bauer students and is involved with the student organization Beta Alpha Psi.

“George Gamble is a terrific educator and member of the Houston business community,” said John King, a partner with Ernst & Young. “His dedication and talents have touched many people, and his relentless energy, commitment to quality education and continuous concern for others are the hallmarks of the Bauer College of Business.”

By Hannah Eastham