Anthony T. “Terry” Cobb, associate professor of management in the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech, has received the university's 2013 William E. Wine Award.
The William E. Wine Achievement Awards were established in 1957 by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association in memory of William E. Wine, Class of 1904, who was a former rector of the board of visitors and alumni association president. Following a college-level selection process of candidates nominated by students, faculty, and alumni, each college may put forth one nominee. Three faculty members are selected to receive this teaching award by a committee representing all eight colleges at the university. Each Wine Award winner receives $2,000 and automatic induction into the Academy of Teaching Excellence.
Cobb has taught undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral courses at the university for more than 30 years. He has a record of teaching excellence that has been recognized across all levels. He has received the department’s Doctoral Teaching Award, the M.B.A. program’s Service Award, college teaching awards, Warren L. Holtzman Outstanding Educator awards, the Alumni Association’s Certificate of Teaching Excellence, the Diggs Teaching Scholar Award, and the Chi Omega Society’s Teacher of the Year Award.
Students frequently comment that Cobb’s class is one of the most demanding, and at the same time, rewarding class they ever had. His average class evaluation is 4.5 on a scale of 5.0 for upper-level courses.
One student wrote, “Best class and best professor of my entire college career. This man is amazing, and every student at Tech should have to take a course with him.”
Cobb is praised for his innovative teaching style. He often uses self-managed student teams to address and solve complex projects. This experience gives students real-world training and helps build their confidence as leaders.
He has served on many dissertation committees and chaired a number of them. He works closely with his students to help move their work to publication in respected peer-reviewed journals.
“These kinds of efforts and outcomes are invaluable to our students and the reputation of our program,” said Anju Seth, professor and head of the Department of Management.
Cobb received a bachelor’s degree from California State University at Northridge, a master’s degree from Wayne State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Irvine.