SEBA Professor Saroja Subrahmanyan Receives SMC’s Outstanding Scholar Award

Provost Beth Dobkin and Saroja Subrahmanyan

Academic Affairs in collaboration with the Office of Research, the Committee on Teaching and Scholarship, and the Faculty Development Fund Committee, recently honored SEBA marketing professor Saroja Subrahmanyan as the 2016 Outstanding Scholar Award recipient.   The award recognizes a faculty member who has excelled in areas of scholarship and creative activity, evidenced by their peer-reviewed publications, other scholarly and creative activities, and/or successes in securing external funds for their research, as well as the quality and impact of their scholarship. 
 
Dobkin announced four winners of the faculty awards at the celebration; Subrahmanyan, as well as Raina León, Margaret Field, Saroja, and Jennifer Heung. “These competitive grants support new and accelerated scholarship by ranked facility,” said Dobkin. The award recipients were nominated by their colleagues based on whether each individual either “demonstrated sustained exceptional teaching performance,” “excelled in the areas of scholarship or creative activity,” or showed “exemplary service in a leadership capacity.”
 
Subrahmanyan received the Outstanding Scholar Award for publishing her paper titled “Ethical consumption: Uncovering personal meanings and negotiation strategies,” and contributing to several other publications and conferences in the past year. An expert on consumer decision-making—particularly in the areas of transformative consumer research, a leading-edge field that addresses a range of social justice issues such as sustainable and ethical consumption, consumer behavior at the base of the economic pyramid, food labeling in restaurants and the perceptions of genetically modified foods—Subrahmanyan has written dozens of papers and has been invited to give talks at national and international conferences. She has been published in highly respected business journals in this field, including Journal of Retailing, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Consumer Affairs, and Journal of Macromarketing. 
 
"Professor Saroja Subrahmanyan's research is strongly rooted in Saint Mary's mission and is supportive to SEBA's strategic focus of 'Think Globally. Lead Responsibly.' She reflects well the kind of quality faculty we have at SEBA. We are very proud of her scholarly achievements," said Dean Zhan Li, who was also in attendance. 
 
The Early Career Award went to León, an assistant professor in the Kalmanovitz School of Education. León has published poems in three respective anthologies and an essay on fear in the Kenyon Review in 2015. Field, a professor in the Biology Department, received the Teaching Excellence Award. She “has been instrumental in developing and teaching much of the core curriculum in Biology, Biochemistry, and Allied Health Sciences,” said Dobkin. Heung, a professor in the Anthropology Department, who has “has been instrumental in several key campus-wide initiatives,” received the Faculty Service Award. She published a paper titled “Good Global Citizens: Strategic English, Educational Governance, and Cosmopolitan China” as well. Each award included a $5,000 stipend.