Unlike other academic divisions that announced their
Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching
Awards in advance of Commencement
( The Gazette, May
19), the School of Nursing and SAIS kept
the names of their recipients under wraps until their
diploma ceremonies. The awards, which honor
faculty members who, according to their students, stand out
in their roles as both teacher and
mentor, went to Elizabeth "Ibby" Tanner and Sharon Olsen in
Nursing and Fabrizio Jacobellis at
Ibby Tanner, assistant professor in the
Department of Community Public Health, was
recognized for teaching at the baccalaureate level.
According to students who nominated her, Tanner is a
"great inspiration" and a "wonderful
teacher, mentor and advocate." With a "learner-focused"
teaching style, dedication to education and
enthusiasm for the material she teaches, Tanner is
well-respected by students in the classroom. As
the faculty mentor for the school's Geriatric Interest
Group, she shares her skill and passion with her
students and takes time "to advocate for patients as a
skilled geriatrician and RN." Said one
nominator: "Dr. Ibby Tanner is the kind of professor that I
hoped to find" at Johns Hopkins.
Sharon Olsen, assistant professor in the
Department of Acute and Chronic Care, was
recognized for teaching at the graduate level.
Described as "the ultimate mentor," Olsen is known
throughout the school for encouraging
professional development among the graduate students.
Nominating students said that Olsen
encourages them to "discover problems É and think about how
they can change things for the better"
and "to be advocates for themselves, their specialty area
and their patients." An "exceptional role
model for all clinical nurse specialists," Olsen is said to
"exemplify what it means to be a nurse leader."
Fabrizio Jacobellis, adjunct professor of
international economics at the SAIS Bologna Center,
was voted the Teaching Award recipient by a landslide. One
student remarked, "With his appreciation
of the interdisciplinary nature of SAIS, Professor
Jacobellis weaves seemingly esoteric financial and
economic concepts into a tight web of
Prior to teaching at SAIS Bologna, Jacobellis lectured
in economics and was a teaching fellow at
the University of Oxford Balliol College; he also worked as
a researcher at the Institute for
International Economics in Washington, D.C. He is adjunct
professor in corporate finance and
macroeconomics at ENI Corporate University in Milan.
A SAIS grad, this year he will complete his doctorate
in economics at the University of Oxford.
He also holds a master's in economics from Bocconi
University and an undergraduate degree in
economics from the University of Bari, both in Italy.
Jacobellis is author of Resource Allocation in a Two
Sector Dependent Economy Ramsey Growth
Model with Adjustment Costs and Adjustment to Technology
Shocks in an Asymmetric Two Sector
DSGE Model, along with numerous op-eds in the Italian daily
newspaper La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno.
At the Bologna Center Jacobellis has taught Corporate
Finance, Statistics Review Module,
Quantitative Analysis for Policy Research and
Microeconomics Math Review. His areas of expertise
include macroeconomic theory, international financial
markets, econometrics and the euro.
According to this year's Bologna Center graduates,
Jacobellis is simply an outstanding teacher.
In the words of one student, he is "an inspiring, humble
professor that makes statistics (one of the
driest academic subjects) accessible to students from all
A student in Corporate Finance remarked, "Fabrizio
Jacobellis is a phenomenal professor. He
communicated economic concepts clearly and was sure that
every student had a firm grasp of the
material. We came here to learn — Jacobellis provided
the service. He went the extra mile to ensure
that students were comfortable with the subject, and then
broadened the scope to integrate
elements of other classes, bringing added value to his
course. He is truly a gem; I am certain that I
will hear of his accomplishments — both as a
professor and as an economist — throughout my
— Kelly Brooks-Staub, School of Nursing, and
Odette Boya Resta, SAIS