John Hollenbeck was the 2022 recipient of the Academy of Management Distinguished Educator award for his nearly 40 years of impactful research and teaching methods. John is an associate dean of research and Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University. He has served the community through education, PhD mentorship, and by providing students with hands-on experience.
John received his PhD in Management from New York University in 1984 and began teaching at MSU that same year. He has been decorated with teaching awards at MSU and mentored 68+ PhD students since that time. John recognizes the significance of entering a PhD program, seeing it as a “20-year commitment.”
The Career Achievement Awards Committee selected John because of his immersive lessons with real-world impact, calling him a “master teacher with incredible range”. The committee noted that John was the chief architect in what they would call one of the most innovative leadership and teamwork core courses in any business school. MBA students would select, develop, and lead small teams of undergraduate business students in a series of semester-long simulated leadership challenges, team problem-solving exercises, and real-world experiences.
Offering advice for younger AOM members John, says:
“Get involved early and often! Talk to folks about what is right for your level. I started out being a program reviewer, eventually ran the program, and then later became the chair of the Journal Committee as a Board of Governors Rep-at-Large. A lot of career-stage specific activities that provided value both ways.”
The Distinguished Educator Award
is presented annually to an outstanding individual who has excelled in developing doctoral
students, effective teaching in the classroom, fostering pedagogical innovations, and/or
disseminating new teaching methods and designs.
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