Good news came in threes this semester for Ron Lazer, an assistant professor of accountancy and taxation at the UH C. T. Bauer College of Business, who was honored with a trio of awards for excellence in teaching. Lazer’s recognitions came from University of Houston administrators, colleagues and students.
He was lauded by the University with its Teaching Excellence Award for 2008, as well as Bauer College, which named him Faculty of the Year. In addition, Lazer was given a teaching award by the Accounting Advisory Board at its annual banquet in April.
“It feels great to be recognized as a teacher, both by the University and the students themselves, after all of the hard work that I have invested in my courses here at Bauer,” Lazer said about winning the awards.
That hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed by the Bauer College students who nominated Lazer for the Faculty of the Year Award, which is given each spring to a dependable professor who demonstrates hard work and involvement in the college, provides advice and exemplifies the qualities of a role model. “Ron Lazer is the type of teacher students will visit after they graduate. He teaches an introductory accounting course, but for me, the lessons students learn there guide us throughout our career and education,” one student said in the nomination package for the award.
“Not only is he an excellent teacher, he is there for his students for direction and guidance. He is a wonderful professor who truly cares about education and his students’ futures,” it continued.
The UH Teaching Excellence Award is awarded annually to four faculty members University-wide. In 2007, Director of Professional Accounting Programs for Bauer College Michael Newman won the award and chose this year to nominate Lazer. “His teaching style goes beyond the classroom setting. Ron takes an interest in each student who comes to see him and gives them quality time and tutoring/advice. He is also extremely reliable in following up with them if needed,” Newman said.
Despite obtaining accolades for instructing students, Lazer said his job as an educator isn’t finished. “Nowadays, teaching tends to be underrated as a profession and yet, it is crucial that we focus on helping the next generation get the best possible education,” he said. “It feels great to be recognized as a teacher, both by the University and the students themselves, after all of the hard work that I have invested in courses here at Bauer.”
Lazer said students seek him out after taking his courses. “Students approach me years after completing my course and tell me that my course inspired them to major in accounting,” he said. “Even more heartwarming are those students who tell me that they dreaded Introduction to Financial Accounting and yet, it became their favorite course during the semester.”
With a B.A. in Accounting and Economics and an M.B.A. in Finance and Accounting, both from Tel-Aviv University, and a Ph.D. in Accounting from NYU Stern School of Business, Lazer brings expertise and a global knowledge to the classroom. His influence goes beyond the classroom, as he has contributed his expertise to various top accounting research publications.
Newman said Lazer sets a good example to his students. “He combines just the right amount of compassion and firmness in his pursuit of his goal, which is to see students succeed by fully understanding the materials he teaches,” he said.
By Mayra Cruz
About the University of Houston
The University of Houston, Texas’ premier metropolitan research and teaching institution, is home to more than 40 research centers and institutes and sponsors more than 300 partnerships with corporate, civic and governmental entities. UH, the most diverse research university in the country, stands at the forefront of education, research and service with more than 35,000 students.
About the Bauer College of Business
The C.T. Bauer College of Business has been in operation for more than 60 years at the University of Houston main campus. Through its five academic departments, the college offers a full-range of undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees in business. The Bauer College is fully accredited by the AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. In August 2000, Houston business leader and philanthropist Charles T. (Ted) Bauer endowed the College of Business with a $40 million gift. In recognition of his generosity, the college was renamed the C.T. Bauer College of Business.