UW Foster Honors its Best and Brightest

Dean Frank Hodge celebrates faculty and staff achievements at Dean’s Leadership Awards

UW Foster School of Business
3 min readJun 24, 2024

In an annual tradition, the UW Foster School of Business celebrated its faculty and staff with an end-of-year award ceremony honoring outstanding achievements across the school. Over 20 faculty and staff members were recognized for their contributions.

“This extraordinary group of faculty and staff embodies our desire to be better together, better tomorrow,” said Dean Frank Hodge. “From the impactful research and teaching of faculty to the amazing contributions of staff, I am proud to recognize these members of the Foster community for their exceptional contributions.”

The Dean’s Excellence Award for Faculty Research was awarded to Professor Jordan Nickerson.

In presenting the award to Nickerson, Professor Jennifer Koski said, “What really catches my eye is the creativity and the range of topics he works on. It is impressively broad.” His work has covered everything from the intricacies of structured finance products to the differential impact of Covid-19 on research productivity by gender.

The Lex N. Gamble Family Award for Case Development & Curriculum Innovation went to Michael Johnson and Suresh Kotha.

Elizabeth Blankespoor was presented with the William A. and Helen I. Fowler Award for Special Achievement in Accounting.

The Dean’s Excellence Award for Graduate Teaching was awarded to Professors Darren Bernard and Jennifer Graves.

The Dean’s Excellence Award for Undergraduate Teaching was awarded to Professors Barry Erickson, Mana Heshmati, and Christina Nichols.

Professor Thomas Gilbert was awarded Full-Time MBA Professor of the Year, and Professors Suresh Nallareddy, Sven Peterson, and Mark Forehand were honored as Evening MBA Professors of the Year.

Professor Lance Young received the Technology Management MBA Excellence in Teaching Award.

Professors Alexis León and Lance Young received the Hybrid MBA Excellence in Teaching Award.

Professor Jonathan Karpoff received the Executive MBA Excellence in Teaching Award.

Professor Pat Bettin was honored with the Executive Development Program Faculty Teaching Award.

Professors Hamed M. (Hamed Mamani) and Issariya Sirichakwal received the Master in Supply Chain Management Excellence in Teaching Award.

Professors Léonard Boussioux and Ming Fan received the Master of Science in Information Systems Excellence in Teaching Award.

Professors Lait Jain and Issariya Sirichakwal received the Master of Science in Business Analytics Excellence in Teaching Award.

Professor Ken Myer received the Master of Science in Entrepreneurship Excellence in Teaching Award.

Professor Tod Bergstrom was named Undergraduate Faculty of the Year.

Laura Edwards was named Undergraduate Staff of the Year.

Courtney E. Omlin received the Emerging Leader Award.

The Pacific Coast Banking School Dean’s Leadership Awards were presented to Vikki Haag Day, Beau Kirkeby, Randy Hyde, Jean Gekler, and Bronica Sam.

The Charles Summer Memorial Teaching Awards, voted on by graduate students to honor faculty who go above and beyond to engage and challenge students, were presented to Professors Crystal Finkelstein, Leonard Boussioux, and Tod Bergstrom.

Staff Excellence Awards went to Vivian Troung, Catherine Ta , Rahel G. (Rahel Araya), and Macey McGovern.

In addition to the awards, Gary Wipfler, a senior executive at Apple for nearly 40 years and Foster alumni, was announced as the next Edward Fritzky Chair in Leadership.

In his closing comments, Dean Hodge emphasized the strength and importance of the Foster community. “I’m often asked, ‘How do you do it at the Foster School?’ And it’s all because of the work that you do. I want you to know how deeply I appreciate what you do.”

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