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05-07-2016

Clarkson University Associate Professor Mike Wasserman Receives Distinguished Teaching Award

Mike Wasserman, an associate professor of organizational studies in Clarkson University's School of Business, was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award during the University's 123rd commencement ceremony today.

Teaching AwardThe $1,500 prize is given "in recognition of the importance of superior teaching." Candidates are nominated for the award by Clarkson alumni and the final selection is made by a faculty committee.   

Over the past 14 years, Mike Wasserman has taught and conducted research at Clarkson in strategic management, innovation and entrepreneurship. He has taught or team-taught 16 undergraduate and graduate courses. For the last several years, Wasserman and his wife and colleague, Sandy Fisher, have grown Clarkson’s partnership with the University of Applied Sciences in Konstanz, Germany. Wasserman has also been an active contributor to executive education at Clarkson.

Wasserman has mentored many undergraduate and graduate students, including serving as advisor for more than 25 theses, independent study and research projects. He also takes pride in his efforts to mentor junior faculty and in fostering a culture of inclusivity among staff, faculty and students. He also has strong relationships with Career Services, the Office of the Dean of Students and the Athletics Department.

"A goal of mine is to work together with colleagues to bridge campus resources and create a learning environment that supports students," he says.

Wasserman is an entrepreneur and innovator, and has long been an advisor and consultant to campus entrepreneurs, working actively with both the Reh Center for Entrepreneurship and the Shipley Center for Innovation.
 
His research targets the intersection of strategic management, human capital and technology. His work centers on theories relating to the resource-based view of the firm in a variety of applied contexts, including strategic human resource strategies, outsourcing, e-learning platforms, innovation and environmental supply chain management.

Wasserman’s research has been published in journals such as the Journal of Applied Psychology, the Journal of Supply Chain Management, Human Resource Management and Human Performance. He has published ten peer-reviewed journal articles, eight book chapters and professional articles, and presented 20 conference presentations nationally and internationally, since his arrival at Clarkson. He has received funding from a variety of sources, including the IBM Center for the Business of Government, the Procter & Gamble Fund, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Crime Laboratory.  

He has served the School of Business and the University as current NCAA Faculty Athletics representative, past chair of the University Curriculum and Academic Policy Committee, and past co-chair of the School of Business Strategic Planning Committee. He served as associate dean of the School of Business from 2005 to 2008.

Wasserman says he credits the people who have influenced his style as a teacher. "I am humbled to receive this award," he says. "This really is not about me -- first, I credit my former and current students. Over the years, they have given me a lot of great feedback. More importantly, my students generally give me the benefit of the doubt when I experiment and attempt to be innovative in the classroom -- I fully realize my experiments do not always work out! Second, this award represents the variety of people that have influenced me as a professional -- people here at Clarkson, including Farzad Mahmoodi, Tim Sugrue, Dayle Smith, and, of course, Sandy Fisher; colleagues Jose Cortina and Kim Eby at George Mason University; my graduate school professors Neal Schmitt and John Hollenbeck at Michigan State University; and my dissertation advisor Larry Stimpert, now at Hampden-Sydney College. I always tell people, 'Hang out with people who make you better.' I have been fortunate to have spent time with a lot of great people here in Potsdam and all over the world. I am grateful to them for helping me improve every year."  
 
Before arriving at Clarkson, Wasserman was on the faculty of George Mason University for five years. He earned his Ph.D. in management strategy and policy in 2000 from Michigan State University and his bachelor of business administration from the University of Michigan in 1989. He is a member of the Academy of Management and the Strategic Management Society.  

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, New York, and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Clarkson University President Tony Collins (right) presents the Distinguished Teaching Award to Mike Wasserman.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/teaching-2016.jpg.]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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