BusinessWeek has named Ray Hill one of the nation's most popular professors. FILE PHOTO

Assistant Professor in the Practice of Finance Ray Hill has been named one of the most popular professors at top business schools according to Bloomberg Businessweek.

Results were detremned through surveys of the Class of 2010 at the Top 30 U.S. full-time MBA programs. According to Businessweek, “professors were ranked in order of absolute popularity.”

Hill ranks No. 6 on the list.

Responses of 3,732 students were used to calculate this ranking with only schools that had more than 60 student responses counted.

Hill joined Goizueta  in 2003 and teaches managerial economics and finance. Hill began his academic career by teaching economics at Princeton University before leaving in 1982 to become an investment banker.

In that role he worked around the world.

Hill returned to his native Georgia in 1993 and worked for ten years at Mirant Corporation and its predecessor, a subsidiary of Southern Co. During that time he served as the company’s chief financial officer except for an 18 month stint as a CEO of one of the largest independent power companies in Asia, which was owned by Southern.

Hill’s expertise includes project finance, monetary policy and energy economics and finance.

“I think one of the biggest advantages of Emory is it’s small size,” Hill says of the classroom experience. “At the class level it means by the time I’m teaching my course I know almost all of my students…

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“I don’t like to sit in front of a group of students and lecture to them because I don’t know if they’re absorbing it… I make it a practice of having a lot of interactions with students.”

This, according to Hill, allows lectures to become “public forums” and increases the comfort factor with students.