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2 management faculty receive 2014 Withrow Awards

Members of the Department of Management received both of the Eli Broad College of Business’s 2014 Withrow Awards. The awards recognize Broad College faculty members who have rendered distinguished service to MSU and to the student body through excellence in institutional and scholarly activities.

Russell JohnsonRussell Johnson, associate professor of management, has been honored as the 2014 recipient of the Withrow Emerging Scholar Award. This award is presented to a faculty member who, early in his or her career, makes substantial contributions to the college in the areas of teaching, research, and service.

Johnson joined the Broad College in 2010 from University of South Florida, where he was a faculty member for four years. Before that, he earned his doctorate in psychology from the University of Akron. In that short time, he has developed a strong international presence as a scholar in the area of organizational behavior.

Johnson has been a prolific researcher, publishing more than 60 articles and chapters, with 13 placed in top-tier journals in just the past five years. He has 18 more manuscripts under review or revision for resubmission. He also serves on 13 editorial review boards, including all of the top journals in his field.

Last year, he received the prestigious Distinguished Early Career Award for Research from the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychologists, as well as numerous reviewer awards from the journals he serves.

His research focuses on self-regulation in employee motivation, the role of self-concept constructs in employee behavior and employee commitment, and the conceptualization and analysis of higher-order constructs reflecting individual behavior in organizational settings.

Don ConlonDon Conlon, Eli Broad Professor of Management, has been honored as the 2014 recipient of the Withrow Teacher-Scholar Award. This award is presented to a faculty member who has achieved the highest level of distinction for service to Michigan State University through excellence in teaching and scholarship.

His research focuses on negotiation and conflict management, organizational justice, and decision making. He has published more than 50 refereed articles and 14 chapters, with 60% in the most highly regarded management and psychology journals. His scholarship has had significant impact on the field, as noted by the more than 5,000 citations of his work that Harzing’s Publish or Perish reports.

Conlon received his doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He joined the Broad College in 1998 as an associate professor and was promoted to professor in 2000. In 2006, he was awarded a Broad Professorship and became chair of the Department of Management, a role he served in until 2011.

He has served as a strong mentor of doctoral students and junior faculty, having collaborated with nearly every doctoral student to come through the department since his arrival, as well as with most of the faculty. His classroom success is demonstrated in his consistently high teaching evaluations, averaging more than 4.5 out of 5.

During his time as chair, he created two endowments with the support of faculty and alumni to support research and the doctoral program. These endowments continue to grow.

The Withrow Awards were established through an endowment from John D. and Dortha J. Withrow and first awarded in 1992.

The 2014 awards were presented at the faculty meeting held September 12.


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