James F. LaSalle Teaching Excellence Award

The James F. LaSalle Teaching Excellence Award is given every Fall to a MIS graduate student instructor who exemplifies the best of teaching and who is  following Jim's steps of excellence in the classroom. This award was established in honor of Professor Jim LaSalle who has taught at the university for over 40 years and is the professor cited by the most students as having had an impact on their undergraduate education. Jim retired from teaching in 2004 and, according to UA’s Alumni Association, taught over 50,000 students during his UA teaching career! Meet Jim here. 

Rich Yueh2015 - Rich Yueh

Since joining the University of Arizona, Rich has taught MIS 111, MIS 331 (database), and MIS 529e (deception detection course in the OMBA). He has demonstrated excellence across these courses by focusing on student engagement. He hopes to encourage his students to become lifelong learners and uses multiple forms of instruction to make that happen. 

Past Awardees

  • 2014 - Mark Grimes
  • 2013 - Justin Giboney
  • 2012 - Yi-Da Chen
  • 2011 - Katherine Carl
  • 2010 - Heong Lee
  • 2009 - Nichalin Suakkaphong
  • 2008 - Eyran Gisches
  • 2007 - Siddharth Kaza
  • 2006 - Matthew Jensen