"Teach like Hell from bell to bell," was an oft-repeated exhortation from Bentley's founder Harry C. Bentley to his faculty over the first half of Bentley's history. That dedication to excellence in teaching remains just as strong today.
Bentley University, founded in 1917 as the Bentley School of Accounting and Finance, places vital emphasis on the quality of its teacher/scholar faculty. The faculty is committed to establishing effective teaching and learning relationships with students both inside and outside the classroom, while pursuing a scholarly and research agenda in support of the teaching mission.
Educating students to be effective and creative leaders in a complex global environment is central to Bentley‘s mission. Faculty excel at teaching, the development of innovative curriculum, and the dissemination of research and knowledge. Bentley emphasizes the importance of teaching and provides support for promoting and recognizing faculty excellence in the classroom.
Bentley enhances teaching excellence across campus, through a number of initiatives, overseen by the Wilder Professors, including mentoring activities, internal and external development programs, and promoting the scholarship of teaching and learning. The Wilder Teaching Professorships were established with a gift from trustee emeritus Joel B. Wilder '58 and his family to promote teaching excellence. Two longtime faculty members, David Carhart and Aaron Nurick, were the first to serve in this role, from January 2003 to June 2008. Associate Professor of Finance Donna Fletcher is the current Wilder Teaching Professor.
Teaching excellence and innovation are recognized annually both by the Adamian Awards for Teaching Excellence awarded to two outstanding teachers and by Faculty Innovation in Teaching awards.
Excellence in teaching is not easily measured; a lot of intangibles come into play. It's much more than the amount of materials distributed or the type of quizzes given. It has something to do with the fundamental trust and respect engendered between the professor and the student. It's all about what happens in the heart and mind of the student. And great teaching is highly valued at the Bentley of today.