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Business professors honored for teaching and research at Annual Recognition and Awards Program
April 25, 2013

Each year the School of Business Administration presents teaching and research awards for excellence based on merit of their work and nominations from fellow faculty members. 

Mai Iskandar-Datta and Scott Julian are co-recipients of the Excellence in Research Award. Datta is a professor of finance and dean’s research chair. Julian is an associate professor of management with a focus on strategic management. 

“I am thrilled to have received this research award,” Iskandar-Datta said.

Her co-authored work on wage gaps appears in the May 2013 issue of the Harvard Business Review.

“All of my work is very practical and relevant to businesses,” she said.

She received her Ph.D. in business from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1986.

Julian is also the recipient of this year’s Board of Visitors Faculty Fellowship Award.

Julian earned his Ph.D. in management from Louisiana University in 1994. He serves on the school’s Faculty Senate and the Faculty Senate Strategic Planning Committee.

He has co-authored 17 peer-reviewed publications and is internationally recognized as a contributor to research on strategic issue diagnosis and strategic management in emerging economy contexts.

Ranjan D’Mello, associate professor of finance, was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award. D’Mello teaches graduate and undergraduate students and is often a student’s introduction to the finance component of his or her degree.

“I believe that for students, communication of concepts requires two major steps: constant practice with problems and applications of these problems to real-life situations,” D’Mello said.

D’Mello received his Ph.D. in finance from Ohio State University in 1995. He previously won this award in 2006.

Paul Reagan, senior lecturer of management, received the Sue Garr Innovative Teaching Award. This award was given for his contributions to students both in the classroom and in the field.

Reagan earned his Ph.D. in management, industrial and organizational psychology, and labor and industrial relations from Michigan State University in 1986.

“I’ve been lucky to find businesses and business people willing to share their business lives with our M.B.A. students. I have always communicated to our students the responsibility they have to businesses because of the high accountability and trust that is placed with them,” Reagan said. “Once the student accepts their accountability, that’s where the learning starts. They take accountability for the results, and they find ways to make expectations happen.”

“Each professor is richly deserving of recognition for the quality of their work as it elevates their careers and the reputation of the school among our peers and ultimately benefits our students in the classroom,” said Margaret Smoller, interim associate dean of academic and financial affairs.

These awards were presented at the Detroit Institute of Arts during the Annual Recognition and Awards Program on April 23.