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Ross Faculty Honored with Annual Awards

5/10/2012 --

Awards showcase excellence in scholarship and teaching.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Each spring, the Ross School of Business honors the year's outstanding faculty members. The list of scholars cited in 2012 for exceptional research, teaching, and service follows.

"It's gratifying to recognize the significant accomplishments of our peers and celebrate the vibrant intellectual community of the Ross faculty," said Dean Alison Davis-Blake at the May 8 awards dinner. "I canít think of a happier or more appropriate way to finish the academic year than that." Davis-Blake is the Edward J. Frey Dean and Leon Festinger Collegiate Professor of Management.

Rick Bagozzi // Researcher of the Year

To receive this award, researchers must make substantial contributions in the last three calendar years. Bagozzi was recognized for his outstanding scholarly productivity through his unique interdisciplinary perspective that has notably impacted students and colleagues throughout the University of Michigan and beyond. His research into human emotions, decision-making, social identity, and action has been applied to the study of consumers, patients, doctors, salespersons, managers, and organizations. He is the Dwight F. Benton Professor of Behavioral Science in Management.

Rajeev Batra // 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. Batra was recognized for his extraordinary contributions to the teaching environment at the Ross School of Business through the development of path-breaking curriculum design, flawless execution, and for setting a high collegial standard through his service as adviser and mentor to his colleagues and students. He is the Sebastian S. Kresge Professor of Marketing and director of the Yaffee Center for Persuasive Communication.

D. Scott DeRue // Stein Research Scholar Award and Executive Education Teaching Impact Award: Open Enrollment Programs

The Stein Award recognizes scholarly excellence by a junior faculty member, while the Executive Education Teaching Impact Award recognizes outstanding work with open-enrollment programs. DeRue especially was cited for developing the emerging leaders and new adventure learning programs for Ross Executive Education. He joined the Ross faculty in 2007 after earning a PhD from Michigan State University. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of leadership and teamwork, and his research seeks to understand how leaders and teams in organizations adapt, learn, and develop over time. DeRue is an assistant professor of management and organizations.

Roman Kapuscinski // 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. Kapuscinski was honored for his substantive impact on the research environment within the field of operations and management science, his mentorship of junior faculty, his substantial contributions to the Ross School's PhD and MBA programs, and his extraordinary leadership of the Tauber Institute for Global Operations. He is a professor of operations and management science and the Goff Smith Co-director of the Tauber Institute.

Francine Lafontaine // Senior Faculty Research Award

This award recognizes sustained, exceptional, and continuing contributions to scholarly research in the field of business. Lafontaine was recognized for her influential research, her stellar reputation as a thought leader, and her dedication to the Ross School. She is the William Davidson Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy and chair of business economics.

Feng Li // Jones Research Scholar Award

The Jones Award recognizes scholarly excellence by a faculty member. Li joined the Ross faculty in 2004 after earning a PhD from the University of Chicago and teaches Intermediate Financial Accounting at the MBA level. His research interests include the impact of Sarbanes-Oxley on foreign private issuers, and equity valuation of employee stock options. Li is an associate professor of accounting.

Brent McFerran // Arnold M. and Linda T. Jacob Faculty Development 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. McFerran holds a PhD from the University of British Columbia and joined the Ross marketing faculty in 2010. His research examines social and interpersonal influences in consumer behavior, and he examines how the presence and actions of other consumers affect the choices we make ourselves. McFerran has been published in leading outlets in both marketing and psychology and has been featured in numerous mainstream media outlets. He is an assistant professor of marketing.

M.P. Narayanan // Executive Education Teaching Impact Award: Custom Programs

Narayanan received the inaugural impact award for his extraordinary contributions to Ross Executive Education, especially his strong leadership and development of innovative programs for clients. His current research focuses on corporate governance. In particular, his research with Ross professor Nejat Seyhun has been instrumental in exposing the practice of executive option backdating. He has worked on various corporate financial topics such as corporate scope, managerial behavior, and management compensation. He is the Robert Morrison Hoffer Professor of Business Administration and professor of finance.

Catherine Shakespeare // Teitelbaum Research Scholar Award

The Teitelbaum Award recognizes scholarly excellence by a faculty member. Shakespeare came to Ross in 2001 after earning a PhD at the University of Illinois. She studies the relationship between CEO compensation and gains on securitizations that may not realize cash flows for years. She also looks at the unintended negative consequences of mandated accounting rules, and examines how investors reacted to massive write-downs, as well as the various types of write-downs, that came with the economic meltdown. Shakespeare is an associate professor of accounting and faculty director of the Master of Accounting Program.

Ned Smith // Bank One Corporation Professorship

This one-year appointment recognizes promising junior faculty conducting high-potential scholarly research. Smith received his PhD from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, prior to joining the faculty at Ross in 2010 as an assistant professor of strategy. His research focuses primarily on the construction and consequences of organizational identity, with particular empirical emphasis on financial markets.

Maxim Sytch // Sanford R. Robertson Professorship

This professorship was established to recognize early career achievement and outstanding performance in research and teaching. Sytch joined the Ross faculty in 2009 as an assistant professor of management and organizations upon receiving his PhD from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. His research focuses on the origins and evolutionary dynamics of the dual social structure of markets that encompasses both collaborative and conflictual interorganizational relationships.

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 and 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 2012 Neary Award winners follow.

Hyun-Soo Ahn // Executive 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 //Full-time MBA and Evening 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 and has been cited by such bodies as the Environmental Protection Agency, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the United Nations Environment Programme.

James DeSimpelare // MAcc Teaching Excellence Award

DeSimpelare is a lecturer of accounting and also is a lecturer at the U-M Law School. At Michigan Ross, he teaches "Advanced Financial Accounting" and "Federal Taxation and Managerial Decisions."

Aneel Karnani // Weekend MBA Teaching Excellence Award

Karnani is associate professor of strategy. His interests are focused on the basic question in strategic management: Why do firms succeed? He also is interested in global competition, particularly in the context of emerging economies. His recent research has focused on poverty reduction and the appropriate roles for the private sector, the state, and civil society.

Puneet Manchanda // Global MBA Teaching Excellence Award

Manchanda is the Isadore and Leon Winkelman Professor of Marketing and 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.

Uday Rajan // PhD Teaching Excellence Award

Rajan is associate professor of finance. He uses game and contract theory to model strategic interaction in financial markets. His research explains puzzles such as the high cost of credit card loans and rationing of allocations in IPOs. His current work focuses on asymmetric information in limit order markets and on informational frictions created by securitization.

Ned Smith // BBA Teaching Excellence Award

Smith is an assistant professor of strategy.

New Chaired Professorships

Ravi Anupindi // David B. Hermelin Professor of Business Administration

Roby Lehavy // Victor L. Bernard-Price WaterhouseCoopers LLP Collegiate Professor of Accounting

Valerie Suslow // Louis and Myrtle Moskowitz Research Professor of Business and Law

New Faculty Fellowships

Hal White // Ernst & Young Faculty Fellow

Chris Williams // PriceWaterhouseCoopers-Norm Auerbach Faculty Fellowship

Amy Spooner

For more information, contact:
Amy Spooner, (734) 615-5068,