Faculty recognized for outstanding research and teaching contributions

The School of Business Administration recognized five professors for their exemplary contributions to teaching and research at the school’s Annual Recognition and Awards Program held at the Detroit Institute of Arts on May 2.

Excellence in Research

The 2012 Excellence in Research Award was presented to Abhijit Biswas, Kmart Endowed Chair and professor of marketing. Biswas, a prolific researcher, has published five articles in prestigious journals of marketing, eight conference papers, and has several manuscripts currently under review. His contributions have earned him recent recognition by the Journal of Business Research as the 10th highest published author in the pricing area in the last 30 years. Additionally, he serves on the editorial review boards of several leading academic journals.
His current work, mainly in the area of behavioral pricing, provides opportunities for theory testing while allowing for understanding of managerially relevant issues. This marks the second time he has received the distinguished research award. His first award was presented in 2007.
Excellence in Teaching
Amanuel Tekleab, associate professor of management, is this year’s recipient of the 2012 Excellence in Teaching Award. 
At the doctoral level, his mentoring has led to the acceptance of three conference papers for presentation by Ph.D. students. Within the undergraduate program, he restructured Advanced Organizational Behavior (MGT 5530) to include the practical application of team and leadership concepts. Tekleab’s teaching philosophy provides that real learning in management classes occurs through continuous opportunities for the sharing of ideas and experiences instrumental for the understanding and implementation of management theories and principles.
He is also a previous recipient of the Excellence in Research Award in 2010.
Board of Visitors Faculty Fellow
Santanu Mitra, associate professor of accounting, received the 2012 Board of Visitors Faculty Fellow Award. The award recognizes exceptional accomplishments in research, and provides the recipient with a three-year fellowship and research grant.
An exemplary researcher, his work in financial reporting and auditing has been published in the Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance; Journal of Accounting and Public Policy; Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting; Journal of Forensic and Investigative Accounting; Journal of Business Research;and Multinational Business Review. Through the course of his research, he’s done extensive work in examining the reported earnings and audit quality of U.S. corporations in various economic contexts.
Sue Garr Innovative Teaching Award

Pamela Schmidt, assistant professor of accounting, and Myles Stern, associate professor of accounting, are innovative professors whose creative, leading-edge teaching is recognized with the Sue Garr Innovative Teaching Award. Schmidt and Stern introduced real-time use of SAP running the ERPsim business simulation in their accounting systems classes in the winter 2011 term.   Because of their efforts, students are becoming process thinkers, information literate, collaborative, and know how to blend IT with accounting as well as other business specialties. 
Read more about research at the School of Business Administration here, or read more about individual faculty on their profile pages.


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