The University of Utah presented the Distinguished Teaching Award to three professors at its annual commencement exercises.

Awards went to Bruce F. Baird, professor of management; John R. Nelson, associate professor of English, and Gladys Gladstone-Rosenberg, professor of music.The award, which includes $2,000 to each recipient, recognizes quality teaching.

Baird, who joined the faculty in 1961, is a former acting dean and associate dean of the Graduate School of Business and College of Business. He recently served as the chairman of the department of sociology.

Named outstanding teacher in the Graduate School of Business in 1984, Baird is a former state investment manager and consultant to the governor of Utah. He has been a consultant to private industries and the governments of Colorado, Hawaii, South Carolina and Idaho.

He has written several books, including "An Introduction to Decision Making Under Uncertainty," and numerous articles.

Nelson has taught Shakespeare, dramatic satire and numerous literature and honors courses at the U. of U. since 1966.

The College of Humanities presented him the Ramona Cannon Teaching Award in 1984, and the Modern Language Association gave him a Teaching Excellence Award in 1972.

A published author, he earned a doctorate at the University of Oklahoma. He taught there and at Midwestern University before joining the U. of U. faculty.

Gladstone-Rosenberg, a master pianist and teacher, gave her first full-length public concert at age 7.

She has been a soloist with the Utah Symphony on 17 occasions and with numerous symphonies in the East. In 1984, then Gov. Scott M. Matheson presented a declaration of appreciation to her for enriching the artistic life of the state.