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McCombs Professor Receives Prestigious Career Achievement Award

AUSTIN, Texas – The University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business Professor Robert Prentice was awarded the Distinguished Career Achievement Award at The Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB) annual conference in Philadelphia, PA on Aug. 10, 2015. 

The Distinguished Career Achievement Award is given only periodically, when a person is deemed worthy by the selection committee, rather than annually. Prentice is only the third person to receive the award since 2008.

“In 1984 I received the Distinguished Junior Faculty Award and I am pleased that I managed to stay alive during the 31 additional years that it took me to win the Distinguished Senior Faculty Award,” said Prentice. “Although this is probably the Academy’s way of telling me that I am old and it is time to retire, I am honored and grateful nonetheless. I thank McCombs and UT for allowing me to have such a long career. My next target is Distinguished Senile Faculty Award. My students think I’m a shoo-in already.”

The purpose of the award is to recognize faculty members of the ALSB who serve as exemplars of excellence. Nominees must have held a position as a professor of legal studies in business, legal and ethical environment of business or other related disciplines in a college or university for a total of 20 or more years and must have been a member of ALSB for at least 10 years.

Prentice is the founding chair of the Business, Government and Society Department, the Ed & Molly Smith Professor of Business Law, and the Faculty Director of the Business Honors Program at the McCombs School of Business. 

Prentice has published more than 60 major law review articles on topics such as securities regulation, insider trading, accountants’ legal liability, products liability, and behavioral ethics. He has received numerous teaching awards and is the only faculty member at The University of Texas at Austin who is an inaugural member of UT Austin’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers, inaugural winner of UT Austin’s System’s Outstanding Teaching Award, and an inaugural member of UT Austin’s System’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

In addition, Prentice is the founder and faculty director of the Ethics Unwrapped Video Series and Educational Program, an online learning library that includes 48-videos and teaching notes which has been used to teach and learn ethics at more than 500 colleges around the world. 

Prentice received his undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas and his J.D. from Washburn University. 

For more information, contact: Samantha Harris, or (512) 471-6746


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