W. P. Carey School dean wins Distinguished Educator Award


Amy Hillman

Dean Amy Hillman.

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World-renowned management expert. Popular teacher. Noted researcher.

Those are a few ways to describe Arizona State University W. P. Carey School of Business Dean Amy Hillman.

And now, "celebrated professor" has been added to the list for her latest honor: the 2018 Award for Distinguished Educator by the Academy of Management. This lifetime career achievement award recognizes long-term, significant contributions in one or more of the following areas: developing doctoral students; teaching effectively; fostering pedagogical innovations; and developing effective methods, structure and designs.

Her nominators on what makes Hillman such an outstanding educator:

• “Amy’s performance as a classroom instructor was consistently outstanding (starting with her very first teaching experiences when she was a doctoral student).”

• “Amy’s mentoring and guidance shaped me into the researcher that I am. When I first started working with her, she was taking on a number of new roles at both ASU and within the academy journals. Yet she always made time for me.”

• “Those of us fortunate enough to be doctoral students of Amy Hillman’s have benefitted not only from her incredible training and insight but from her influence across the career.”

Hillman holds the Rusty Lyon Chair in Strategy at the W. P. Carey School. She has won numerous national awards as an outstanding reviewer and researcher. She was editor of Academy of Management Review, the world’s top management journal in terms of citation impact, and her research has been featured in USA Today, The Washington Post and U.S. News & World Report.

Hillman joined ASU in 2001. An award-winning undergraduate, MBA and doctoral teacher, she taught at the University of Western Ontario, Michigan State University, Johannes Kepler University in Austria, Texas A&M University and Trinity University. She has a PhD in strategic management and business and public policy from Texas A&M, where she was also named Outstanding Doctoral Alumni.

She has spent several summers as a guest professor at the Institute for International Management at Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria, and taught during her doctoral program at her undergraduate alma mater Trinity University. Hillman has also published seven teaching cases used in classrooms around the world.

Before her teaching career, Hillman was general manager of a retailing and manufacturing organization in the Southwest United States. Today, she serves on the board of publicly traded CDK Global, on the independent governance committee of U-Haul International, and on the nonprofit boards of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and the ASU Research Park.

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