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Excellence in Teaching and Research Award Recipients

Each year the Mike Ilitch School of Business recognizes faculty members for exemplary dedication to student advancement and business research.

Below are the current recipients along with a bit about their excellent work.

Frank LaMarra, lecturer of accounting


2014 Teaching Winner

Frank LaMarra was awarded with the Excellence in Teaching Award for his efforts in using classroom feedback to improve and meet the needs of his students. His student evaluation scores are consistently among the highest in the department.

LaMarra teaches managerial accounting courses to undergraduate and graduate students and a cost management course for the M.B.A. and M.S.A. programs. He has taught at the university since 2002 and earned his M.B.A. in corporate finance from Wayne State University in 1999.


Tingting Yan, assistant professor of global supply chain management


2014 Research Winner

Tingting Yan was recognized as a recipient of the Excellence in Research Award for her research dealing with the relationship between firm advancements and management of supply networks.

In 2013, the Journal of Operations Management honored her as a “best reviewer.” Her work has been published in many of the top journals in the field. She serves as an editorial board member for the Journal of Operations Management and Decision Sciences. Yan earned her Ph.D. in in supply chain management from Arizona State University in 2011.