Two Work and Organizations Professors Receive Awards

Congratulations to both Associate Professor Colleen Manchester and Professor Connie Wanberg on their recent awards!

CSOM Faculty Award: Service

colleen-manchester-fall-2012-photoWOrg Associate Professor Colleen Manchester has been awarded the Carlson School faculty award in recognition of her excellent service to the school in developing, leading, and continuing to improve the Carlson School’s undergraduate honors program over the past seven years.

Colleen started as the coordinator of Carlson’s honors program at the same time that the University replaced the existing college-based system with a University-wide honors program. Colleen not only developed a system for supporting thesis writing where none had existed, but also had to change the expectations of faculty and students. She has done very successfully as both an assistant professor and an associate professor, and now approximately 20 BSB (Bachelor of Science in Business) students graduate with honors each year. She has also supervised more than 15 theses herself, and served as the second reader on countless others.

Colleen’s efforts in developing, leading, and improving the BSB honors program have been a major contribution to the School over the past 7 years. Congratulations Colleen!

CSOM Faculty Award: Research

connie-wanberg-wanbe001_3WOrg Professor Connie Wanberg has been awarded a Carlson School faculty research award. Connie is one of the world’s foremost scholars on the psychology of job search and unemployment. She has many top-tier publications on this topic and is widely-recognized for her contributions.

An instrument she developed and validated for unemployed individuals on “Getting Ready for Your Next Job” has been used by a number of U.S. and international agencies. An agency in San Francisco recently received a $6.4 million Department of Labor grant to create programs to help the long-term unemployed, and Connie’s research was an important foundation of that proposal. Her own work has been funded by multiple grants from the Minnesota Department of Economic Security, and done in partnership with that agency.

She is currently completing research with scholars in the Netherlands and Germany funded by a $300,000 National Science Foundation grant on “Skills for Coping with the Stresses of Unemployment and Seeking New Employment Opportunities.” This grant was obtained in conjunction with similar granting agencies in those other countries and supports data collection using a five-wave longitudinal design from job seekers across the three countries, and the results are also being used to develop new tools for job seekers.

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