Mark Gooley doesn't have a long career as a teacher, but he aims to bring his real-world experience in finance into the classroom. Prior to joining the D’Amore-McKim School of Business in 2010 as finance lecturer, Gooley’s credentials spanned from General Electric’s Financial Management Program, consulting and working as a project lead with The Boston Consulting Group, and Vice President of Finance at Fidelity. However, the impact he has had in five years at Northeastern has proven to be powerful with students. Two weeks ago, at the 2015 D’Amore-McKim Senior Ceremony, Gooley was honored with the Best Teacher Award.
Each year, D’Amore-McKim asks its graduating seniors to nominate a full-time faculty member as best teacher. Students selected their top three choices and this year the class of 2015 nominated Professors Gooley, Edward Dinan, and Paul Fombelle.
Similar to Gooley, Dinan joined D’Amore-McKim approximately five years ago. He teaches accounting and, prior to arriving at Northeastern, Dinan served as a CFO in international and domestic units of a Fortune 500 corporation and worked as a part-time senior lecturer in finance and accounting in universities across Massachusetts, New York, and New Jersey. Dinan says he appreciates the true advantage that Northeastern offers its students by combining academic and real-world experience in the education process.
Professor Fombelle has been teaching as an assistant professor in the marketing department. Prior to his academic work, Fombelle worked in branding for Ogilvy and Mather in New York, where he helped manage brands like American Express and Post Cereal. He has also been teaching at Northeastern for five years, and he says he believes he has the best job in the world.
Gooley took home the traditional Best Teacher Award trophy, a dog bowl featuring a husky, in honor of the Northeastern mascot. He says he is flattered by his nomination and appreciative of the many talented and motivated students who have been in his classes.
The Best Teacher Award began in 1992 with sponsorship by General Electric. All three nominees were honored at the Senior Ceremony on Thursday, May 7, 2015, at Matthews Arena.