Professor receives top teaching award

Western US honor goes to Cal Lutheran's Vaiman

Vlad Vaiman and the 10 other winners from regions throughout the world will receive their awards June 23 at the 2019 ACBSP Conference in Houston.

Photo: Brian Stethem

(THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – May 24, 2019) An international organization for business schools is honoring California Lutheran University professor Vlad Vaiman for best exemplifying teaching excellence among university faculty in the Western United States.

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP) named Vaiman, associate dean of Cal Lutheran’s School of Management, as the recipient of its 2019 Teaching Excellence Award for institutions granting bachelor’s and graduate degrees in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. He and the 10 other winners from regions throughout the world will receive their awards June 23 at the 2019 ACBSP Conference in Houston. One of them will be named the recipient of the International Teaching Excellence Award.

Vaiman joined Cal Lutheran’s faculty in 2013 as a visiting professor, although he had taught immersive weekend courses for several years starting in 2006.

“I have yet to see a course evaluation that does not rank Dr. Vaiman in the top percentile,” said School of Management Dean Gerhard Apfelthaler. “Students often praise him for his true interest in student learning, his entertaining and yet profound delivery, and his ability to be rigorous without creating stress for his students.”

Vaiman continues to serve as a visiting professor at several universities around the world and is also a popular corporate speaker. One of the leading international scholars in the field of talent management, the Newbury Park resident has published five books in addition to more than 80 academic papers, book chapters and editorials. At Cal Lutheran, he has helped develop new programs and courses as well as new formats for existing courses, such as online instruction.

A native of Russia, Vaiman earned a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Russian State Academy of Oil and Gas, an MBA from the University of Wyoming and a doctorate in international business from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. He held academic and administrative positions at Reykjavik University in Iceland and FH Joanneum University in Austria before coming to Cal Lutheran.

ACBSP is the only specialized body for business schools that presents an award recognizing excellence in teaching. The competition is open to faculty at its 1,100 member colleges in 60 countries. Separate awards are given to colleges granting associate degrees.

“ACBSP has a mission to develop, promote and recognize best practices that contribute to continuous improvement of business education,” said President and CEO Jeffrey Alderman.