Author: David Dodson
Contact: Elena Karahanna


Athens, Ga. — The Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia presented its annual awards for outstanding teaching and research. Two professors, representing the fields of economics and management information systems, were honored at a collegewide meeting Aug. 25.

Santanu Chatterjee, an associate professor of economics, received the 2010 Outstanding Teaching Award.

Chatterjee joined the Terry College faculty in 2001, after earning his doctorate from the University of Washington. He is a three-time recipient of the George P. Swift Award, the highest teaching honor given by the Economics Department (2003, 2006, 2010). He also has been recognized two times for his instructional excellence at UGA’s Honors Day, most recently in 2009.

“Santanu’s teacher evaluations are truly remarkable when you consider the range of courses that he has been assigned to teach,” said Economics Department Head Chris Cornwell, who nominated Chatterjee. “Santanu has taught intermediate macroeconomics and international trade at the undergraduate level, macroeconomic theory and international trade at the Ph.D. level, macroeconomics in the Fast-Track and Full-Time MBA programs, and economic development for UGA’s study abroad program in Costa Rica. Invariably, students rate his effort as outstanding in every dimension of the course evaluation.”

Terry MBA Programs Director Richard Daniels added his praise to Chatterjee’s nomination, describing him as a “superstar” in all the Terry MBA program formats offered in Athens and Atlanta.

Chatterjee carries the additional responsibility of serving as the Economics Department’s graduate coordinator, which is also the largest Ph.D. program in the Terry College. “Santanu is a tireless mentor to his Ph.D. students, having already chaired three dissertations in the short time since his promotion to associate professor,” Cornwell said. “At the undergraduate level, he has supervised over 30 senior papers and a number of CURO research projects.”

Elena Karahanna, a member of the management information systems faculty who earlier this year was named the L. Edmund Rast Professor of Business, received the Terry College’s Outstanding Research Award.

“The most obvious evidence of her impact is the number of articles in top-level research journals, and the number of citations of her work,” said Dale Goodhue, head of the Management Information Systems Department, who nominated Karahanna. “In 17 years since receiving her Ph.D., she has published nine articles in the field’s two most selective journals.”

Karahanna was ranked the 10th most prolific MIS researcher based on publications appearing in MIS Quarterly and Information Systems Research during a 10-year period ending in 2009.

She is also well known for her insightful reviewing of research papers submitted to the top journals. She served a three-year post as a senior editor at MIS Quarterly and the Journal of AIS and currently holds the same title with Information Systems Research. As a mentor of doctoral students, she has supervised nine dissertations and served on 14 dissertation committees.

“Her powerful influence on all the Ph.D. students who have come through our program is very evident,” Goodhue said. “The fact that early on she was an associate editor at three ‘A level’ journals and, more recently, was a senior editor at two of those same journals speaks loudly about how well respected she is as a researcher in the MIS community.”

Born in Cyprus, Karahanna studied in the United States on a Fulbright award. She completed her dissertation at the University of Minnesota in 1993, and she joined the MIS Department at the Terry College in 2000 from Florida State University. In recent years, Karahanna has been a visiting professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and at Australian National University in Canberra.

The Terry College’s Outstanding Faculty Award winners were chosen by a committee of their peers based on nominations from the college’s seven academic departments. Each recipient received a $1,000 cash prize.