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Faculty Rack Up Honors, Awards This Year

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Carlson School faculty members received national recognition from a variety of associations during the past academic year for their contributions to their respective disciplines. For more than 100 years, our faculty have been conducting impactful, industry-changing research while also educating future business leaders. In alphabetical order, here are just some of the notable honors. 



Professor Ravi Bapna
Curtis L. Carlson Chair in Business Analytics and Information Systems

Practical Impact Award from INFORMS
Bapna was chosen in recognition for his “outstanding leadership and sustained impact on the industry.” INFORMS, which is one of the most prestigious organizations for the management information systems discipline, previously named Bapna an ISS Distinguished Fellow Award, the highest honor it hands out.

Associate Professor Jason Chan
Information & Decision Sciences

Best IS Paper from INFORMS for Hiring Preferences in Online Labor Markets: Evidence of a Female Hiring Bias.
Using data from leading online platforms, Chan explored the impact of gender-based stereotypes on hiring outcomes. He found that hiring biases diminish as employers gain more hiring experience, the female hiring bias occurs more in developing countries, and women are preferred in feminine-typed occupations while men do not enjoy higher hiring likelihoods in masculine-typed occupations.

Professor Alok Gupta
Curtis L. Carlson School-wide Chair in Information Management

Research Impact Award from Association for Information Systems (AIS)
Gupta’s research found businesses having too much information can be a disadvantage and careful consideration should be given the type of data collected. Using this research, which focused on Royal Floral-Holland -one of the largest flower auction companies in the world- the company announced it would no longer identify who held the winning bid, a long-held practice.

Professor Pinar Karaca Mandic
C. Arthur Williams Jr. Professor in Healthcare Risk Management

Associate Professor Soumya Sen
Information & Decision Sciences

Dr. Archelle Georgiou
Executive in Residence, Medical Industry Leadership Institute (MILI)

2021 AACSB Innovation That Inspires honoree for COVID-19 Hospitalization Tracking Project. The project, which is a collaborative effort between the two centers within the Carlson School: MILI and the Management Information Systems Research Center (MISRC), collects, tracks, and publicly reports daily COVID-19 hospitalizations from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The data has uncovered important insights that can help states and hospitals better manage infection rates and patient caseloads. A vital resource for the public, the project was cited in thousands of articles across hundreds of media outlets in the past year.

Professor Deborah Roedder John
Curtis L. Carlson Chair in Marketing

Fellow, Society for Consumer Psychology (SCP)
John is one of just three people to be named a Fellow by SCP in 2021. The award is the highest honor the organization gives out and recognizes senior scholars who received a doctoral degree more than 15 years ago and who have made outstanding and unusual contributions to consumer psychology through both their research and their service. John is a leading expert in consumer behavior and specializes in consumer responses to brand and brand strategies, as well as children’s consumer behavior.

Associate Professor Aaron Sojourner
Work & Organizations

2020 Cozzarelli Prize from the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science (PNAS)
Sojourner and his colleagues were awarded for their research on the differences in mortality rate among Black and White babies, finding that in the U.S., Black newborns’ in-hospital death rate is a third lower when Black newborns are cared for by Black physicians rather than white physicians. The Cozzarelli Prize annually awards papers that reflect scientific excellence and originality.

Professor Paul Vaaler
Mooty Chair in Law & Business

Fellow, Academy of International Business (AIB)
Vaaler joins a select group of scholars who have made outstanding contributions to international business (IB) research and the AIB. His induction recognizes path-breaking research on foreign investment risk management in developing countries. Vaaler, a well-known media expert locally and nationally, also serves as chair for the AIB Ethics Review Committee. 


Top 50 Undergraduate Professors of 2020 by Poets&Quants

Professor Mary Benner
John and Nancy Lindahl Professor for Excellence in Business Education

Described as a “research monster” by the publication, Benner has nearly 9,000 Google Scholar citations, something no other professor on the list came close to matching. She brings those insights into the classroom while teaching Business Strategy and Technology Strategy for undergraduate students.

Senior Lecturer John Molloy

Molloy is a two-time winner of the Carlson School’s Outstanding Faculty Member Award and recipient of the Annual Faculty Teaching Award. Molloy teaches courses called Fundamentals of Finance, Financial Modeling, and Corporate Investment Decisions.

2021 Best 40-Under-40 Professors by Poets&Quants

Associate Professor Soumya Sen
Information & Decision Sciences

Sen “represents the epitome of what we seek out in this 40 Under 40 recognition,” Poets&Quants wrote. A prolific researcher who has been published in and served as a reviewer for several highly cited conferences and journals, Sen brings those insights into the classroom as a professor for the Undergraduate, MBA, and Master of Science in Business Analytics programs. 

This article appeared in the Summer 2021 Discovery magazine

In this issue, Carlson School faculty research studies the wisdom of the crowds, the role of religion in the gender wage gap, the impact of cash injections, and highlights many others areas where our research has had an important impact.

Summer 2021 table of contents