Faculty & Research
2013 Award Winner Heino Beckmann
The Opus College of Business is proud to announce Heino Beckmann, Ph.D., associate professor of finance, as the winner of the annual Julie Hays Teaching Award.
“As someone who views himself as a coach and mentor rather than a professor, Professor Beckmann pushes students intellectually, morally, and philosophically,” one student wrote. One of the most interesting people I have ever met, he draws on his past experiences to not only teach us the subject, but to teach us how to become the best people we can be.”
Beckmann studied law at the University of Berlin in Germany, and won a Fulbright scholarship to study in the U.S., where he earned an M.A. in international relations and a Ph.D. in political science at the University of Pennsylvania. He returned to the Wharton School for post-doctoral studies in finance and then earned an M.B.A. from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management. He has been teaching in St Thomas’ Finance Department for 28 years. Prior to joining St. Thomas, he taught for 16 years in a variety of subject areas, including business law, constitutional law, comparative politics, international relations and economics at a number of institutions, including the College of St. Teresa in Winona, Minnesota, and Widener University in Pennsylvania.
In a nominating letter one student describes Beckmann as a “person who truly believes in the art and discipline of education.” Many others described him as tough and demanding, yet compassionate and nurturing. His passion for teaching is “clear in every single class” a student noted. When describing a class, a nominator said “there are times in class when I feel more inspired than I have ever felt in my life."
Beckmann’s research interests are in international finance, in particular in the relationship between international politics and the management of multinational businesses. Most recently, he has focused on the European currency crisis. His work is mostly applied rather than academic.
Prof. Beckmann is the recipient of many awards and grants. Furthermore, he continually receives comments noting him as one of the best professors in the Opus College of Business. And as a testament to all that this teaching award embodies, he was one of the top 10 most mentioned professors in a recent alumni survey.