Double take: Blair’s forgotten co-teacher: Joel Podolny

As School of Management professor Douglas Rae prepares to join former British Prime Minister Tony Blair as the third teacher of his “Faith and Globalization” seminar, few people know that the class’s previous representative from SOM was former SOM dean Joel Podolny.

Podolny attended two of the seminar’s 14 sessions last year before he abruptly announced his resignation as dean in October, Divinity School professor and seminar co-teacher Miroslav Volf said. Podolny, who contributed economic and business expertise to the seminar, officially left SOM on Nov. 1 to take a position as the first-ever vice president and dean of Apple University.

Rae has now been brought on as a full-time instructor and has undertaken extensive preparation over the past nine months, Volf said. Rae has prepared for five hours for every hour he will be speaking in the class, in addition to attending two meetings with Blair and Volf in London and several others with Rae’s research team in New Haven, Volf said.

This year’s course will feature expanded coverage of economic issues, Volf said, providing a forum for Rae to contribute his wide range of expertise on capitalism and globalization processes.

Rae joined Yale’s faculty in 1967 but took a yearlong leave in 1990 to work as chief administrative officer for the city of New Haven. He is also teaching a lecture, “Capitalism: Success, Crisis, and Reform,” this semester.

Comments

  • Ciarrai

    Why has Tony Blair gotten a free pass from Yale (students, faculty) on his involvement in the unnecessary and immoral war in Iraq? Bush’s poodle has been reviled in Britain and yet he comes here and is treated as some kind of conquering hero. I bet Yale students of yesteryear would have protested and marched against him. Political correctness once again? What gives?

  • J Pod – Formerly of SOM

    “Goodbye all of my Yale MBAs” (to the tune of “Goodbye my Coney Island Baby”)

    Goodbye all of my Yale MBAs!
    Farewell Yale SOM! [Yale SOM…]
    I’m gonna go away and leave you!
    Never to see you any…
    [never gonna see you anymore]
    I’m gonna fly across that prairie land
    Never to return AGAIN! [return again!]
    So goodbye, farewell,
    So long forever!
    Goodbye my Yale MBAs! Goodbye my Yale MBAs! Goodbye my Yale MBAs!

    We all fall for some guy who is a geek
    Who’s not from a boutique,
    And has the job I seek!

    Which is how Steve Jobs’ offer enthralled me,
    So I signed on the dotted line!
    And then told Levin I’d resign!

    Then it was over, woohoo, life was feeling quite good.
    Now I teach teens how to sell iPhones in malls! [iPhones in malls!]

    iPods, MacBooks, but no Zunes.
    iMac, iTouch, and iTunes!
    All in one store!

    Goodbye all of my Yale MBAs!
    Farewell Yale SOM! [Yale SOM…]
    I’m gonna go away and leave you!
    Never to see you any…
    [never gonna see you anymore]
    I’m gonna fly across that prairie land
    Never to return AGAIN! [return again!]
    So goodbye, farewell,
    So long forever!
    Goodbye my Yale MBAs! Goodbye my Yale MBAs! Goodbye my Yale MBAs!

    Bye my Yale MBAs!

    - J Pod