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June 4, 2021

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‘Excellence in Teaching’ Honors Go to Ge Bai, Xian Sun

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Annual awards are presented by JHU alumni group and voted on by Carey students.

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  • Recognition for outstanding instruction.
  • Announcement made at Carey graduation.
  • Sun honored for fourth consecutive year.

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Johns Hopkins Carey Business School associate professors of practice Ge Bai and Xian Sun were named recipients of Excellence in Teaching Awards at the school’s May 25, 2021, graduation ceremony in Baltimore.

The awards are presented annually by the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association to faculty members across the university who show exceptional commitment to instructing students. Bai and Sun were selected by a vote among students at Carey.

It’s a “four-peat” honor for Sun, who also earned Excellence in Teaching Awards in 2018, 2019, and 2020.

Bai is an associate professor of practice in accounting at Carey and holds a joint appointment in health policy and management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In addition to her teaching, she is engaged in interdisciplinary research in accounting and health policy. Last year, she testified before a U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Sub-Committee seeking to improve public access to new experimental drug therapies.

During remarks at the graduation ceremony, Carey Professor and Vice Dean for Faculty and Research Valerie Suslow said, “As an example of what students admire about Professor Bai’s teaching, in one of her Accounting and Financial Reporting classes this year, students praised her special talent to engage with students in an exciting manner, how she was always prepared and ready to answer even the most challenging questions, as well as how she helped students build confidence and expertise.”

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“Students commended [Sun’s] in-depth knowledge and patience, her ability to communicate complicated concepts simply, demystifying finance for students, as well as her incredibly helpful ‘hours long’ study sessions.”

Valerie Suslow, Professor and Vice Dean for Faculty and Research

Sun is an associate professor of practice in accounting and finance at Carey. Besides her teaching responsibilities, she conducts research in corporate finance, focusing on the areas of emerging capital markets, institutional shareholders, and mergers and acquisitions.

“Students commended [Sun’s] in-depth knowledge and patience, her ability to communicate complicated concepts simply, demystifying finance for students, as well as her incredibly helpful ‘hours long’ study sessions,” Suslow said at graduation. 

Other Carey faculty members who previously won Excellence in Teaching Awards include Federico Bandi (2016 and 2020), Yuval Bar-Or (2015), James Calvin (2011), Thomas Crain (2009), Reza Djavanshir (2010), Brian Gunia (2015), Stacey Lee (2014, 2017, 2018, and 2019), Mario Macis (2013), Bonnie Robeson (2019), and Haiyang Yang (2017).

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