Four of this year's eight Circle of Distinction inductees, from left: Ahmed A. Kishk and Pragasen Pillay (both in electrical and computer engineering), Steven Appelbaum (management), and Andreas Athienitis (building, civil and environmental engineering). Missing: Oscar Pekau and Rama Bhat. | Photo by Concordia University
Among the eight Concordia professors inducted into the Provost’s Circle of Distinction this year, was Dr. Steven Appelbaum, Professor of Management
at JMSB. The Provost’s Circle of Distinction was created to recognize faculty members for external recognition of their work.
“The circle grew out of a suggestion by Rama Bhat when he was vice-provost, academic relations,” explains Provost David Graham. “We noticed that we have many outstanding faculty members at Concordia who have been externally recognized through major awards, fellowships, and other distinctions, but whose accomplishments may not be as well known within Concordia as they should be, and who may not have been officially recognized internally.”
Appelbaum has been a professor at Concordia since 1979 and served as dean of the John Molson School of Business from 1983 to 1990. He held a Concordia University Research Chair from 2002 to 2009.
Among his external achievements, Appelbaum was the winner of the First Graduating Class Award in 1986 for his outstanding contribution to university life. He was awarded the 1987 Life Membership as a Senior Professional in Human Resources by the Society for Human Resource Management.
In 1990, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 1998, Appelbaum was awarded the Leaders in Management Educations Award. He is also the two-time winner of the Outstanding Teaching Award presented by the John Molson School of Business in 1994 and 1999.
“When you put this all together, recognitions for research and teaching, it’s nice to be acknowledged as a senior professor,” Appelbaum says. “I still produce a lot, I write a lot, I teach and I haven’t slowed down.”
Appelbaum’s paper, "CEO Compensation as a Process and a Product of Negotiation", was recently listed on the Social Science Research Network’s Top Ten download list for the topic of CGN: Negotiations.
To be eligible for induction into the Provost’s Circle, faculty members must have received a major external honour, such as the 3M Teaching Fellowship, or elected membership in the Royal Society, the Order of Quebec or the Order of Canada, among others.
“This year's inductees were nominated on the basis of their outstanding accomplishments and the external recognition they have received for those accomplishments,” says Provost Graham. “They demonstrate the extraordinary combination of talents and abilities that we are fortunate to have at Concordia. I hope that with time, the Provost's Circle will become a group of colleagues who can mentor and promote other deserving faculty members who can then be nominated for external recognition,” says Provost Graham. Posted June 20, 2012