Mark Moon Honored for Outstanding Teaching

The UT Alumni Association recognized the veteran Haslam professor with the 2024 Alumni Outstanding Teacher Award

June 12, 2024

The University of Tennessee Alumni Association recently named Mark Moon a recipient of the 2024 Alumni Outstanding Teacher Award. Moon, an associate professor in the Department of Marketing at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Haslam College of Business, was one of just four UT faculty members to receive the honor, which was presented at the Alumni Association Board of Governors Reception and Dinner on May 31.

“I am honored to be one of the recipients of the 2024 Alumni Outstanding Teacher Award,” Moon says. “We have so many tremendous teachers here at UT, and to be singled out from that group of dedicated teachers, who have had such a positive influence on the lives of their students, is indeed an honor.”

Making a Lasting Impact on Students’ Lives

In his 31-year career at Haslam, Moon has taught at the undergraduate, MBA, Executive MBA and PhD levels. He also has taught nearly every undergraduate student who has graduated from the college in the past 22 years — Moon is the sole faculty member (with the exception of summer sessions) to teach Demand Management, a required core course that debuted in fall 2002, since its inception. 

The veteran Haslam professor has received numerous accolades for his teaching over the years. Moon was honored with the Keally Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1997 and 2009, the Ozburn Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2017, the American Marketing Association’s Golden Apple Award in 1995 and 2009 and the Herring Family Fellowship for Teaching Excellence in 2021. His excellence in graduate education was recognized in 2008 with the Outstanding ProMBA Faculty Member Award and in 2014 with the Outstanding Executive MBA Faculty Award for the Global Supply Chain program.

Moon’s commitment to students extends beyond the classroom. For five years, he served as director of the Greg and Lisa Smith Global Leadership Scholars (GLS), Haslam’s premier honors program. As GLS director, he not only taught honors students but also was responsible for guiding the program’s overall direction. As a core faculty member in the Professional MBA program from 2001-2018, he served as Organizational Action Project advisor for more than 100 students. 

Alex Zablah, marketing department head and Gerber/Taylor Distinguished Professor, who nominated Moon for the Alumni Outstanding Teacher Award, says, “Mark Moon is an institution at the University of Tennessee. His positive impact extends across 25,000 students over his time as a member of our faculty, and his reach is rivaled only by his uniquely effective teaching style. Invariably, when I meet alums, the first person they ask about is Mark, and they go on to explain how he inspired them and changed their trajectory.”

“I suppose that when you’ve taught as many students as I’ve taught, there are bound to be a few who remember at least a few of the things I’ve said,” Moon says. “I only hope that the students enjoyed learning from me as much as I enjoyed teaching — and learning from — them.”

Photo: Mark Moon (center) with Mike McCay, assistant vice president and executive director of the UT Alumni Association (left) and Brian Winbigler, president of the UT Alumni Association (right).


Stacy Estep, writer/publicist,