Law and Business Professors Receive McGlothlin Awards for Exceptional Teaching

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    Outstanding Educators  This year's McGlothlin Awards for Exceptional Teaching go to Professor Scott Gibson of the Raymond A. Mason School of Business, at left, and Professor Timothy Zick of William & Mary Law School.  
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Two William & Mary professors – Professor Scott Gibson and Professor Timothy Zick– have been selected to receive the 2022 McGlothlin Awards for Exceptional Teaching.

The annual award was established in 2016 and is given to two outstanding educators at William & Mary, one from William & Mary Law School and one from the Raymond A. Mason School of Business, who have demonstrated sustained commitments to teaching. The recognition includes a prize for each recipient, made possible through the generosity of James W. McGlothlin '62, J.D. '64, LL.D. '00 and Frances Gibson McGlothlin '66, L.H.D. '18.

Scott Gibson

“I am indebted to Jim and Fran for their recognition that excellence in teaching goes to the heart of what William & Mary is all about,” said Lawrence B. Pulley, dean of the Mason School and T.C. and Elizabeth Clarke Professor of Business Administration. “This year’s award goes to Scott Gibson, an outstanding teacher and mentor who has led the way in developing innovative residential and online courses and learning experiences for business students.”

Gibson is the K. Dane Brooksher Professor of Finance, Economics and Finance Area Head. He has been awarded outstanding teaching awards on numerous occasions at the undergraduate, graduate, and executive levels over his career and has been named an outstanding faculty member in Business Week's Guide to the Best Business Schools.

The selection committee for the McGlothin Award lauded Gibson as “a pioneer for the school in the online space” who also mentored and encouraged colleagues in their online teaching endeavors. Among his contributions, they noted, “he has introduced synchronous collaboration technologies to facilitate online teaching, designed and launched online programs, courses and certificate offerings and he has developed materials tailored for the online learning experience.”

Gibson’s research interests include corporate financing strategies, real estate investment trusts, institutional investor trading behaviors, and conflicts of interest in the delegated portfolio management industry. His research publications include articles in the Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Financial Intermediation, and Journal of Portfolio Management. His research has been featured in the financial press, including the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, New York Times, Barons, Business Week, and Bloomberg.

He received a B.S. and Ph.D. in Finance from Boston College. He held academic appointments at Cornell University and the University of Minnesota before joining the Mason School faculty. He began his career as an analyst with Fidelity Investments and as a credit team leader serving a Fortune 500 clientele with HSBC Bank.

Timothy Zick

“In his work as a scholar and teacher, Tim Zick, our 2022 Law School recipient, engages with many of the most important issues in constitutional law today, including free speech and public protest,” said A. Benjamin Spencer, dean of William & Mary Law School and Trustee Professor. “He approaches teaching with the same rigor and energy that has made him one of the most highly regarded scholars in his field. He exemplifies excellence in everything he does.”

Zick is the John Marshall Professor of Government and Citizenship. A highly respected teacher and student mentor, Zick has received several law school and university-wide awards for faculty excellence in both teaching and scholarship.

Zick has been a prolific scholar. He has published four university press books, is co-author on a First Amendment casebook, and has published more than two dozen articles and book chapters. His fifth book, “Managed Dissent: The Law of Public Protest,” will be published next year by Cambridge University Press.

In addition to teaching and scholarship, Zick frequently engages with the media as an expert on First Amendment and other constitutional issues. He has been quoted in a variety of media outlets, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, FiveThirtyEight, Politifact, CNN, NBC, Reuters, Associated Press, Bloomberg, and the Christian Science Monitor. He has also testified before a congressional subcommittee concerning public speech, assembly and petition rights and published numerous op-eds and other writings addressing contemporary constitutional issues.

Zick graduated summa cum laude from Indiana University and summa cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, where he received the Francis E. Lucey, S.J. Award for graduating first in his class. Following law school, he practiced law at Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C., and Foley Hoag in Boston. He clerked for the Honorable Levin H. Campbell of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. He also served as a Trial Attorney in the Federal Programs Branch of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he worked on cases involving a variety of constitutional issues.