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Ross Faculty Honored with Annual Awards

4/28/2011 --

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—With each Spring Commencement, the Ross School of Business honors the year's outstanding faculty members. The list of scholars cited in 2011 for exceptional research, teaching, and service follows.

Gene Anderson // The Andy Andrews Distinguished Faculty Service Award
The Andrews Award was created as a lasting memorial to the beloved Ross professor who embodied the spirit of service benefiting others and distinguishment. Professor Anderson is the senior associate dean for academic affairs at Ross; the D. Maynard Phelps Collegiate Professor of Business Administration; and a professor of marketing. His service to the School has been extensive. He oversaw the design and successful launch of the Executive MBA Program and served as its founding academic director. As associate dean for degree programs, he successfully led the revision of the core curriculum of the Full-time MBA Program. In addition, he has collaborated with other schools at the University to launch a number of joint degree programs, and has guided the Ross School's efforts to consolidate its leading position in action-based learning at the MBA and undergraduate levels. Professor Anderson will assume the role of interim dean at Ross July 1.

Ran Duchin // The Sanford R. Robertson Assistant Professor of Business Administration
This professorship was established to recognize early career achievement and outstanding performance in research and teaching. Professor Duchin joined Ross as an assistant professor of finance in 2008 from the University of Southern California upon completing his PhD. His work has garnered a number of awards, including the NTT Research Award, the 2010 Teva Award, and two Best Paper awards at academic conferences. His research also has received extensive media exposure.

Fred Feinberg // The CORE Award
This award is presented to a faculty member who has made creative, substantive, and high-impact contributions to the research environment at Ross. It is not given every year. Professor Feinberg's unique and wide-ranging methodological expertise has made him an extraordinarily valuable colleague and mentor to faculty and PhD students. By generously giving his time to many research projects on which he is not listed as a co-author, he has had a significant and pervasive "unsung" impact on the quality of research conducted at Ross. Feinberg's service as an adviser and mentor also has long provided a positive example of collegial behavior for other faculty in the school. He has served on 20 dissertation committees and chaired four of these. He is a Michael R. and Mary Kay Hallman Fellow and professor of marketing.

Wallace Hopp // Senior Faculty Research Award
This award recognizes sustained, exceptional, and continuing contributions to scholarly research in the field of business. Professor Hopp is one of the most prolific, influential, and widely cited scholars in operations management and management science. He has published 76 articles in refereed journals, with six A-level publications in the last three years. He has served as editor-in-chief of Management Science, is a fellow of INFORMS, and has served as adviser or co-adviser for 24 doctoral students.

Haitao Li // Sparks Whirlpool Corporate Research Professor
Finance professor Haitao Li has been extremely productive, having published five articles in major journals in the past three years, with numerous working papers in development. He has garnered considerable recognition as one of the best researchers in the world, as indicated by his strong and accelerating citation count, with more than 609 citations to date in Google Scholar. His current research interests are in theoretical and empirical asset pricing, term structure of interest rates, hedge funds, and financial econometrics.

Puneet Manchanda // Researcher of the Year
To receive this award, researchers must make substantial contributions in the last three calendar years. Professor Manchanda has achieved a high level of research productivity and a lengthy citation record. His research has been recognized for its contribution to our understanding of causal effects in social networks, marketing resource allocation, and consumer behavior in service markets. He also has also pioneered the use of such novel industry data sources as casino gaming, consumer-generated media, and network marketing sources. Professor Manchanda also has made notable contributions to the PhD Program, having mentored five doctoral students in the past three years. He is the Leon and Isadore Winkelman Professor of Marketing and chair of marketing.

David Mayer // The Bank One Corporation Assistant Professor of Business Administration
This one-year appointment recognizes promising junior faculty conducting high-potential scholarly research. Professor Mayer completed his PhD at the University of Maryland in 2004 and joined Ross in 2009 as an assistant professor of management and organizations. His current research interests concern social and ethical issues in organizations and his primary research stream focuses on the effects of the organizational context (e.g., management, peers, climate) on employees’ unethical and prosocial behavior. He has published 18 articles in A-level journals in his field.

Scott Rick // Arnold M. and Linda T. Jacob Faculty Research Award
The Jacobs established this award to provide resources for a faculty member to reach beyond the comfort zone of incremental findings, take risks, and explore new ideas. Professor Rick joined Ross as an assistant professor of marketing in 2009 after completing his PhD in 2007 and taking a post-doctoral fellowship at the Wharton School for two years. His research combines neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and the science of consumer behavior to understand the influence of emotion on decision making. His 2007 publication in Neuron garnered a great deal of scholarly attention, and his 2008 paper in Annual Review of Psychology has been cited numerous times.

George Siedel // The Victor L. Bernard Teaching Leadership Award
This award recognizes one's broad range of teaching endeavors, work with PhD students, outstanding course design, and work with colleagues. Professor Siedel is known on campus as a dedicated and popular teacher who is constantly innovating and always willing to take part in new Ross program initiatives. He has taught and contributed to every major degree program at Ross, and currently chairs the task force on the proposed Masters in Entrepreneurship Program. He also has been active in Executive Education, creating and directing a new course on business essentials for managers. He currently holds the title of Williamson Family Professor of Business Administration and Thurnau Professor of Business Law.

Neary Teaching Excellence Awards
The Neary Teaching Excellence Awards are selected by the Ross student body in recognition of outstanding contributions to their academic learning experience at Ross. All awards are presented at the respective programs' commencement celebrations. The stipends that accompany the Teaching Excellence Awards are made possible with the generosity of Robert D. Neary, BBA '55, and Janet E. Neary, AB '54. Mr. Neary's career spanned 38 years with Ernst & Young, and both he and Mrs. Neary have been actively involved with the University since graduation. The Nearys' support of these awards affirms their belief that teaching excellence is largely "the ability to make the pursuit of knowledge an exciting endeavor ... the kind of excitement that is contagious and long-lasting." The 2011 Neary Award winners follow.

Hyun-Soo Ahn // Global MBA Teaching Excellence Award
Ahn is associate professor of operations and management science. His research focuses on designing and managing production and service systems.

Gautam Ahuja // Executive MBA Teaching Excellence Award
Ahuja is the Harvey C. Fruehauf Professor of Business Administration, and professor and chair of strategy. His research on innovation and technology strategy has received several international awards.

Fred Feinberg // PhD Teaching Excellence Award
Feinberg is a Michael R. and Mary Kay Hallman Fellow and professor of marketing. His research explores how individuals make choices in complex environments.

Gautam Kaul // Full-time MBA Teaching Excellence Award
Kaul is the John C. and Sally S. Morley Professor of Finance. His research examines the behavior of stock and bond prices in the U.S. and other developed countries, with special focus on asset price models, market microstructure, and the time-series behavior of stock prices. He has received several teaching excellence awards at Ross.

Charles Klemstine // MAcc Teaching Excellence Award
Klemstine is a lecturer in accounting and has taught financial and managerial accounting, auditing, and the Multidisciplinary Action Projects (MAP) course at Ross.

Puneet Manchanda // Evening MBA Teaching Excellence Award
Manchanda is the Isadore and Leon Winkelman Professor and chair of marketing. His main research interest is in building empirical models to solve such strategic marketing problems as resource allocation, launch planning, word-of-mouth marketing, and CRM.

Owen Wu // BBA Teaching Excellence Award
Wu is assistant professor of operations and management science. His research focuses on the operations of conventional and renewable energy supply chains and the interfaces of operations and energy markets.

For more information, contact:
Deborah Holdship, (734) 647-4626,