University Honors Baliga, Moss with Awards for Teaching and Research

2.11.2008 Article, Faculty News, General

Professors Ram Baliga and Sherry Moss of Wake Forest’s Babcock School were honored for their teaching and research excellence during the university’s Founders’ Day Convocation ceremonies on Feb. 7.

Baliga, the John B. McKinnon Professor of Management, received the Kienzle Teaching Award; and Moss, associate professor of organizational studies, received the Cowan Faculty Research Prize.

The Kienzle Award is presented annually to a Babcock faculty member who represents the highest standards of teaching excellence. Babcock alumni select the winner in a survey taken two years after their graduation. Charles Kienzle (’80 MBA) provided a gift that established the award, which was first presented in 2000.

This is the third time Baliga has received the honor, including the inaugural award in 2000. He also has been named the Babcock Educator of the Year, as selected by graduating students in the school’s full-time MBA program, three times since joining the school in 1989.

Baliga’s expertise includes management of strategy, managing multinational corporations and leading strategic change. His research interests include strategies adopted by corporations in response to deregulation and shifts from planned economies to market economies, corporate governance, strategic decision-making and leadership. He is co-author of the books “Emerging Leadership Vistas,” “Tables Are Turning: German and Japanese Multinational Companies in the United States” and “Quest for Survival and Growth.”

The Cowan Faculty Research Prize is presented to a Babcock faculty member who represents the highest standards of academic research. A gift from Thomas V.E. Cowan (’72 BA), a former member and chairman of the Babcock School’s Board of Visitors, established the prize, which was first presented in 2002.

This is the first research award Moss has received since joining the school in 2005. Her expertise is in organizational behavior and organizational management issues, including performance management and feedback, leadership and supervision, and gender and leader emergence. Her research has been published in various academic journals including Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Organizational Behavior and Journal of Management.