Younger than their tenured colleagues, only a few years older than their students, and still having to prove themselves both as professors and leaders in their field, young professors face added stress. However, a select few thrive in this pressure cooker, outperforming senior teaching staff, winning the admiration of their students, and producing standout scholarship.
Poets&Quants’ “Top 40 Under 40″ recognizes these rising stars—young professors who represent elite schools from around the world. These uncommon professors have excelled in research while overcoming the green-professor label in the classroom. MIT Sloan Executive Education is proud to announce that our own Catherine Tucker is among their list of the world's best b-school professors under the age of 40. The 36-year old MIT Sloan Associate Professor of Marketing and Mark Hyman Jr. Career Development Professor is recognized for her ability to excel in research, win the admiration of her students, and produce outstanding scholarly work. Read her profile on Poets&Quants here.
Tucker is in good company: her peer recipients teach a variety of subjects and hail from around the world. While their special areas of study and native origins may vary, they each seem to share a common desire to engage and challenge their students in a dynamic classroom setting.
To compile this elite group, Poets&Quants invited business school faculty, officials, students, and alumni to nominate their candidates. It’s interesting to note that although research was an important criterion in the selection process, more emphasis was placed on the nominees’ ability to teach effectively in the classroom.
A member of the MIT Sloan faculty since 2005, Tucker teaches a variety of courses that focus on marketing, strategy, and innovation. Her students mention her innovative teaching techniques, sense of humor, and use of effective examples and relevant topics as reasons why they remain challenged and engaged in her courses.
In addition to recognition from P&Q, Tucker was named “Teacher of the Year” at MIT Sloan for the fourth consecutive year and, in 2013, received the Jamieson Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Tucker has received the Garﬁeld Economic Impact Award for her work on electronic medical records, as well as the National Science Foundation CAREER Award for her work on digital privacy. The Oxford native has also presented to the U.S. House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee and the European Union’s Future of Privacy Forum. Tucker holds a research associate position with the National Bureau of Economic Research and is an associate editor of Management Science.
Despite these many accomplishments, Tucker considers being the first woman to make tenure as a Marketing Professor at MIT as one of the most memorable moments of her professional career.
Catherine Tucker is an Associate Professor of Marketing at MIT Sloan and teaches in the MIT Sloan Executive Education programs, Driving Strategic Innovation Throughout the Value Chain, Platform Strategy: Building and Thriving in a Vibrant Economy, Strategic Marketing for the Technical Executive, Systematic Innovation of Products, Processes, and Services, and the Global Executive Academy.