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Dean Jiambalvo joins the Business School

  I joined the UW Business School in December 1977 and began teaching winter quarter, 1978. The school had a strong accounting department back then (as it does now), and I was excited to be at a university with such accomplished researchers. The department also emphasized teaching excellence, which was not that common in the 1970s. Interestingly, the top teaching scores when I joined are merely average for the Foster faculty today. Looking back, I couldn’t have imagined I’d be the dean of the Foster School of Business. Even becoming department chair would have seemed like a stretch. I was the first generation of my family to attend college. One of the things that motivated me to go to college was a string of really hard summer jobs. One involved unloading trucks containing 70lb wheels of cheese at a grocery warehouse, and another involved working on the assembly line of… Read the rest