Katherine Guthrie, Associate Professor at William & Mary's Raymond A. Mason School of Business, has been awarded the 2017 Thomas and Teri Dungan BBA Teaching Fellowship Award.
Created in 2005 by business school alumni Tom '88 and Teri '88 Dungan, the Dungan Fellowship is a significant professional distinction that honors and encourages innovation and excellence in undergraduate teaching at the Mason School of Business.
Dr. Guthrie is a Mason School business professor, holder of the Mansfield professorship, and recipient of several prestigious awards including the Geary Faculty Fellowship and the Alfred N. Page Undergraduate Teaching Award. She has taught in both the Master of Accounting program and the Undergraduate Business program where she was instrumental in the development of the finance curriculum.
Her contributions outside of the classroom include involvement with a number of student organizations including the Women's Stock Pitch Competition and Leadership Summit and the Women in Business organization, among others. Most notably, Guthrie spearheaded a diversity initiative at the Mason School aimed at providing professional development and business acumen to underrepresented student populations.
"Professionalism, poise, and exceptional leadership are three words I would use to describe Dr. Guthrie and her values," said student Alicia Draper in her letter to the selection committee. Student Ellen Longman elaborated. "Her going out of her way to invest in students, who then invest in themselves and in others, is the tangible legacy of the Mason experience," she wrote. "Her counsel shapes people beyond an education, providing them the example of what it means to not only be leaders in industry, but also in heart."
Dr. Guthrie earned her B.A. in economics and international relations as a dual degree from the University of California, Davis, and later went on to receive her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan in 2006. She says receiving the Dungan Teaching Award is one of the greatest honors of her career. "I think of myself as someone who doesn't need special recognition as a form of motivation, but I have to admit, winning an award of this stature feels pretty good," Guthrie said. "I feel proud to be held in such high esteem by faculty who are among the best and most innovative instructors in the country, because it speaks both to my passion for our students and the dedication it required to earn it."