The late Professor Emeritus Herbert G. Thompson, Jr. was a beloved educator at Texas A&M who made tremendous contributions to Mays Business School. Now his legacy will live on in two Mays marketing faculty members who are the first-time recipients of the award named in his honor.
The 2016 recipients of the Herb Thompson Teaching Award in Marketing are marketing Professor Stephen McDaniel and Lecturer Leslie Seipp.
The award was established to provide an annual teaching award to marketing faculty, recognizing their extraordinary accomplishments in teaching effectiveness, innovation, curriculum development and student service.
Marketing Department Head Mark Houston said McDaniel exemplifies the spirit of the award through his consistent effort over many years to nurture student learning both inside and outside the classroom.“It is hard to think of a faculty member that spends more time outside of the classroom serving, mentoring and creating opportunities for our students,” Houston said. “From developing relationships with companies for hands-on consulting projects for our MS students to organizing life-changing study-abroad experiences for our undergraduates, Steve gives 100 percent of his self to our marketing students.”
Inside and out of the classroom, Seipp’s impact has extended to teaching eight marketing courses, creating new courses and pioneering the conversion of existing courses into online courses and developing four new undergraduate career tracks and serving as an advisor for the track in Consulting. Houston also lauded Seipp’s focus on rigor and excellence. “She goes above and beyond her duties as a lecturer as she regularly coaches students, writes letters of recommendation and serves the department and college in many ways that impact our students,” he said.
The recipients were both presented a plaque and a cash award at a marketing department faculty meeting in May.