It’s not every day that a professor is thought to be the best in the world at something.
In April, the MBA class of 2009 presented Robert Malko, a professor in the Department of Economics and Finance, an award for being the “World’s Best Entrapped Server/Giver.”
Malko said he teaches his students that people are in two categories: the servers and givers, and the takers and receivers. He has also joked, using the word “entrapped” in class before, as he has talked about the need to persevere even when vocational challenges are tough.
The award, which now hangs on Malko’s wall, credits him with, “Going out of your way to help those who needed it most,” and with “listening and understanding our needs.”
Malko, who was also recognized by the MBA classes of 1990 and 1991 for his outstanding teaching, said he was honored to get the award but maintained the recognition should be shared with his students.
“The kind of synergy that leads to effective learning and discoveries can only happen when students are on the same page with the instructor,” Malko said.
Malko, who has had about 15 years full-time experience in the public and private sector, said he tries to prepare students so that they can enter the job market with the analytical and communication skills necessary to immediately contribute to an organization or company. He thinks about what he’d be looking for if he were hiring a new employee.
“I don’t lose sight of the fact that this is a professional school, and we must prepare our students to contribute effectively in the workplace,” he said.
MBA students appreciate what Malko does for them.
“While many professors give lip service to the idea of helping students reach their career goals,” said Michael Young, an MBA student. “Dr. Bob Malko has repeatedly shown that he is willing to sacrifice his time to be a personalized career accelerator for his students.”
Malko said he encourages each student and asks each student to share his or her résumé and career goals with him. He often relies on his network of past MBA graduates to find opportunities for his current students. The extra one-on-one time he spends with each student is not required, but Malko said he wouldn’t have it any other way.
“Sure, it would be easier not to meet with each student; but if I did not have that opportunity to help my students, my work would be far less rewarding,” he said.
Malko is a nationally recognized expert in energy utilities.
Robert Malko talks with Huntsman School of Business students,
Jami Dixon, left,Josh Kerkmann and Greg Dixon. (Photo by Russ Dixon)