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University Award for Sustained Excellence in Scholarship

The University Award for Sustained Excellence in Scholarship recognizes the outstanding achievements and dedication of a faculty member who has demonstrated sustained excellence in scholarly or creative work and who has been a faculty member of Santa Clara University for a minimum of ten years.

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2013 Award Winner

Michelle Burnham

burnham210Her first book, Captivity and Sentiment, is read by virtually every graduate student in her field, and has been described as a model of informed, interdisciplinary scholarship. Her latest project, The Calculus of Risk: Writing in the Revolutionary Atlantic-Pacific, has helped alter approaches and boundaries to the study of early America by attending to crucial global connections and economic features in an array of texts from the early American period. Michelle was designated the winner of the Richard Beale Davis Prize by the Modern Language Association in recognition of the best published essay in Early American Literature.

2012 Award Winner

Sanjiv Das

das210Sanjiv Das has been remarkably prolific since he joined the Leavey School of Business faculty in 2000. Since then he has delivered more than 100 research presentations at conferences, workshops, and seminars, given keynote addresses in both domestic and international settings, and published nearly 60 journal articles and book chapters. May 2010 marked the culmination of a five-year effort that resulted in the publication of his 1,000-page textbook entitled, “Derivatives: Principles and Practice” that is now used both in academia and in practice worldwide. The hallmark of his work is a tight connection between theory and practice via a distinctly rigorous approach. Sanjiv has received numerous honors and awards throughout his professional career. Most recently he has written a series of three papers to propose ways in which innovative federal legislation could help to fix the mortgage debt crisis.

2011 Award Winner

Andre Delbecq

delbecq 210 sustainedAndre has helped to shape his field over a career marked by a remarkable level of productivity: more than 235 publications and countless presentations at conferences and universities worldwide. His work has shaped the fields of Organization Theory, Organizational Behavior, and Innovation & Management; he also has played a truly foundational role in developing and shaping the field of Spirituality and Business Leadership. Quite early in his career he was elected a Fellow in the Academy of Management in recognition of outstanding research, scholarship and service. He has maintained a steady pace of remarkable professional achievement ever since those early years. In the last few years, he has published 24 journal articles, 10 book chapters, 10 conference proceedings, 2 video/audio productions, and several other brief manuscripts for venues outside of academe. One area of his work looks at business leadership as a calling, examining how spiritual disciplines can inform leaders’ decision making. This body of work has gained strong interest from businesses in recent years, in the context of corporate scandals and decision-making practices associated with the financial crisis. It has been well received by MBA students but also, by CEOs and executives across the country, many of whom have traveled to SCU to take a course with him.

2010 Award Winner

Hersch Shefrin
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Since 1979, when he joined the faculty, he has produced more than 60 books and articles. The rate of productivity is worth noting here, for everyone in the room over the age of, say, 30. Far from slowing down of late, our award winner has actually sped up: one half of his work has been produced in the last decade. As his nominating colleagues note, the award winner exhibits not only “Sustained” scholarship, but also “Accelerating” scholarship. In ten years he has published five books, each with a unique aim and emphasis. Our honoree’s work has been translated into 17 languages, reaching both scholars and lay readers all over the world. His colleagues note that he “brought behavioral finance to the masses,” in one book; authored the definitive scholarly book in his field in another; and produced the pioneering textbook that launched the subfield of Behavioral Corporate Finance in a third. In his spare time, he produced 25 articles and a three-volume edited collection spanning 2,000 pages. All of this in the last decade or so, when behavioral finance—the field he and his colleague Meir Statman helped establish—has been of extraordinary importance to readers of all sorts.

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