North Central College - Naperville, IL

Frank Jen '59

Frank Jen was credited with creating a “seminar culture” at the University of Buffalo in New York 40 years ago. He teamed up with Andrew Chen to teach using research workshops, debate and dialogue. Jen was more idea-oriented, while Chen was more technically oriented. “At that time, I was eager to establish the reputation of our School of Management to turn out good M.B.A.s and Ph.D.s,” Jen says. “I organized a seminar for Ph.D. students in finance and accounting that required them to work closely with their major professor to deepen their understanding of their chosen topic, instead of working independently, as was the norm. I believe that if a professor is willing to help students deepen their dissertations, students should take advantage of this so they can develop as researchers.”