Professors Tobias Moskowitz and Heather Tookes Win Teaching Awards

Tobias Moskowitz

Tobias Moskowitz, the Dean Takahashi ’80 B.A., ’83 M.P.P.M. Professor of Finance, and Heather E. Tookes, professor of finance, are the winners of the 2017 Yale School of Management Teaching Awards.

Sponsored annually by Yale SOM Alumni Relations, the awards recognize outstanding teaching. First-year students elect the winner of the award for core curriculum teaching, won by Moskowitz. Second-year MBA students and Master of Advanced Management students vote for the award for elective teaching, won by Tookes.

Heather Tookes

In addition, Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, senior associate dean for leadership studies and Lester Crown Professor in the Practice of Management, won the award for Outstanding Alumni Engagement. Sonnenfeld is also the founder, president, and CEO of SOM’s Chief Executive Leadership Institute.

Jeffrey Sonnenfeld

Moskowitz said he was very grateful for the recognition. “I think I was too nice to the students, or they were too nice to me—probably a bit of both,” he said. “But I'm honored and very happy to win the award.” Tookes said she was “incredibly honored to receive this award from our students, especially at a place like SOM, where there are so many terrific teachers.”

Moskowitz’s and Tookes’ awards were announced by students on April 25. Sonnenfeld’s award will be announced on May 6 during 2017 Yale SOM Reunion Weekend.

Sonnenfeld called the distinction a “cherished milestone” in his career. “Yale SOM alumni have high standards for intellectual quality and practical societal contribution, and they are the proof of Yale’s legacy in communities across the nation and around the globe,” he said. “Their integrity, engagement, and energy make faculty participation highly gratifying, and I am truly honored and pleased.”

Courtney Lightfoot, senior associate director of alumni relations, thanked Sonnenfeld for advancing Yale SOM’s mission to educate leaders for business and society.

“Over the past 12 months, Professor Sonnenfeld has engaged Yale SOM alumni in a number of important dialogues around issues at the intersection of business and society,” Lightfoot said. “Thanks to him, alumni in Washington, D.C., Boston, New Haven, Mexico City, and beyond have deepened their connection to Yale SOM, with one another, and with leaders across sectors.”