SJU Professors Nominated for Awards in Innovative Teaching

Courses replicate legal issues for small businesses and drug development

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

PHILADELPHIA (October 10, 2007) — Three Saint Joseph's University professors have been selected for Middle Atlantic Association of Colleges of Business Administration (MAACBA) Innovation in Teaching Awards.

The awards, which were judged by faculty of LaSalle University's education department, carry a $1,000 stipend and expenses paid to the MAACBA Conference. The faculty were presented with the awards on October 5-7 during the annual conference at Niagra University.

Regina Robson, J.D., assistant professor of management information systems was nominated for her course, "An Entrepreneurial Strand in the Legal Environment of Business: Learning the Law Through the Ice Cream Project." In this course, students learn how to manage the legal issues that a small business might have to deal with.

The first part of the course consists of drafting a proposal for purchasing ice cream from the point of view of an operator of a number of small ice cream cafes. In the second part of the course, the students responded to a counteroffer from one of the shops.

Gidget Montelibano, '07, who wants to open an ice cream shop herself, is hoping to use what she learned in Robson's course in her professional career.

"This course was so interesting to me because I felt it put into real-life practice all the things we were learning about the legal aspects of business," Montelibano said.

"The contract project gave me a better understanding of all the legalities, from delivery to payment to insurance, that go into owning and operating an ice cream store."

Ron Klimberg, Ph.D., professor of decision and system sciences (DSS), and George Sillup, Ph.D., associate professor of pharmaceutical marketing, were also nominated for their course, "Optimizing Decision-Making in New Drug Development -- A Collaborative Learning Experience."

This course was designed to replicate the process that companies go through when introducing a new prescription drug to the market. The DSS students analyze the data on two theoretical drugs and the pharmaceutical marketing students develop financial projections for the drugs. They present their results as a team to the class, faculty and executives from the company that provided the real-world data.

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