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Sue Garr Innovative Teaching Award

The Sue Garr Innovative Teaching Award recognizes outstanding educators that demonstrate extraordinary and/or innovative efforts in teaching. The award was founded by the Sue Garr Innovative Teaching Fund, established in 2007 in memory of Sue Garr, who taught accounting at the school of business for over 20 years.

Timothy Butler, associate professor of global supply chain management


2014 Winner

Timothy Butler is a co-recipient of this year’s Sue Garr Innovative Teaching Award. Butler has played a leading role in developing innovative experiential learning programs for global supply chain management students, including study abroad opportunities and the General Motors/Wayne State University Supply Chain Case Competition. Both programs have been instrumental in the dramatic growth of the supply chain program — from 70 to 300 students in the last five years alone.

Butler has also developed online courses for WSU’s M.B.A. program and helped lead the launch of the School of Business Administration’s Ph.D. program, as well as its first open-enrollment executive education program in vehicle industry supply chain management.

Butler earned his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1989.

Sheri Perelli, senior lecturer of management


2014 Winner

Sheri Perelli is a co-recipient of this year’s Sue Garr Innovative Teaching Award. Perelli manages the Mike Ilitch School of Business’ first and only course-linked Learning Community — an ambitious effort that has engaged nearly 1,000 undergraduate students since its inception in winter 2012. This innovative program promotes professional development, academic excellence and social interaction among students, providing young students with peer mentors and role models from their first days on campus. Perelli also teaches the Introduction to Business course.

Perelli earned her Ph.D. in management from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.