2019 OS Newsletter OS Newsletter - Page 2

LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR WELCOME to the 2019 edition of the Organizational Studies Newsletter. OS is a remarkable program. We have a world-class faculty, a fantastic staff, two incredible cohorts of students, and an engaged, dedicated group of alumni. As we complete our second year in our beautiful new space on the 8th floor of Weiser Hall, it is a good time for me to thank everyone who contributes to making our program the gem that it is. Here are just a few of the things we accomplished this year: On the personnel front, we have hired a new tenured faculty member, Elizabeth Popp Berman, who comes to us from the State University of New York at Albany. Beth, who will join us in the fall, will provide crucial coverage for our macro-level courses, as well as mentorship for our younger faculty and leadership for the department. Lisa Fein, who joined us last fall, allowed us to offer four new courses, provided important help with our student advising, and did an outstanding job running our honors program. On the staff side, we hired a new Student Services Coordinator, Rachel McTavish, and a new Events and Publicity Coordinator, Chelsea Williams, both of whom hit the ground running. We hope to hire two additional faculty members next year, which, if we are successful, will allow us to embark on our planned expansion of the program! Our faculty, staff, and students continue to rack up honors and awards. Elizabeth Armstrong received an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship, one of 32 scholars nationally to achieve this honor. Sara Soderstrom received the first annual Services for Students with Disabilities Faculty and Staff Appreciation Award. Our Executive Secretary, Jennifer Feneley, received the Rising Star Award, which recognizes “outstanding contributions that go beyond the ordinary fulfillment of the position’s duties.” Melissa Eljamal, our Chief Administrator, was selected to serve as a partner in this summer’s Campus Connection Program, which helps students in the College’s Summer Bridge Program adapt to life at the UM. And our advisor, Cathy Philbin, was selected by this year’s seniors as the featured speaker at our graduation ceremony. Our students also continued their extraordinary achievements. Twenty-one members of this year’s senior class, an incredible 40 percent of the class, were nominated for membership in Phi Beta Kappa. Speaking of students, we admitted another stellar class of 50 OSers for the Fall 2019 term, selected from nearly 200 applicants, in a pool that may have been our strongest ever! The incoming cohort will be among the most diverse in our history; 16 percent of the students are members of historically underrepresented groups. This class will be the second to experience our latest curricular innovation: Our entire incoming cohort now takes our two core courses in organizational theory, OS 305 and OS 310, in their first semester. Not only will this encourage greater bonding among our students, but it will also allow us to more clearly integrate the two approaches, and to ensure that all of our students gain a theoretical foundation in the field at the beginning of the program (in the past at least one-third of our students took OS 305 in winter of their senior year). I cannot conclude without mentioning the group that pioneered, developed, and continues to sustain the Organizational Studies Program: our alumni! We are of course proud of all that you have accomplished. But even more, we are grateful for the support you have given us in so many ways, from mentoring our current students, to hosting them at your workplaces through the Malkin Shadowing Program, and your willingness to help the program in general. Thank you, and GO BLUE! Mark Mizruchi Director, Organizational Studies Robert Cooley Angell Collegiate Professor of Sociology Barger Family Professor of Organizational Studies