Mariana Lebron smiles as she talks to students in her leadership class

Professor’s background, values drive her passion for research and teaching

Mariana Lebrón, Ph.D, is an accomplished professor and scholar.

In just five years at TU, Lebrón has helped nearly 500 students work with over 48 non-profit and for-profit organizations through her leadership classes. She has co-authored papers on leadership development with students, and she has shared students’ innovative ideas by citing their names in published work that dares others to think differently.

“The beauty of life is that there is always more to learn,” she said. “And I intend to learn everything I can before my time here is done.”

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Dr. Aru Rao teaching in a classroom

Professor recognized by American Accounting Association for outstanding mentoring

When it comes to preparing students for careers in accounting, teaching the fundamental skills is just the start. As a teacher and adviser, associate professor Arundhati Rao, Ph.D., makes it a point to help students develop professional etiquette, navigate career paths and build soft skills needed for success.

In recognition of her outstanding commitment to mentoring aspiring accountants throughout her career, Rao received the 2018 KPMG Mentoring Award from the American Accounting Association in August.

The award is given by the organization’s gender issues and work-life balance section to individuals (both professors and practitioners) for demonstrating significant mentoring measured by the levels of achievement of the men and women they’ve mentored.

In her time at TU, Rao has taken students under her wing, coaching them on the nuances of networking and developing professionalism.

“She’s a great mentor because she is encouraging, caring, passionate, empathetic and knowledgeable,” said junior accounting major Minyi Chen. “I’ve learned how to be a constant learner and ambitious leader from her within the past two years.”

Rao also has striven to connect students to mentors working in accounting. During her time as a first year experience adviser, Rao connected each of her pre-accounting major advisees to mentors, most of whom were TU alumni.

Many of her current and former students credit Rao’s guidance as a significant factor in their personal and professional growth.

“I don’t know how to express in words how amazing Dr. Rao is as a person,” said An Tran ’15, a senior auditor at BDO. “She’s my first mentor at TU and my role model. She has always challenged me to strive to be the best in my career as well as other aspects of my life.”

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CBE earns extension of AACSB accreditation

This accreditation is the highest seal of quality business schools can receive and recognizes continuous improvement. TU is part of the less than five percent of schools that are AACSB International-accredited and the less than one percent that are accredited in both academic programs. CBE is one of only three schools in Maryland to hold both accreditations. Continue reading “CBE earns extension of AACSB accreditation”