Business and Society Program

Faculty Pioneer Awards 2014

Faculty Pioneer Awards 2013


How can government and business work together to solve problems and create opportunities? Aspen Faculty Pioneers tackle this question head-on in the business school classroom.

For over a decade, the Aspen Institute’s Faculty Pioneer Awards have recognized faculty who are at the vanguard of teaching and scholarship. Dubbed “the Oscars of the business school world” by the Financial Times, these awards celebrate educators who demonstrate leadership and risk-taking—and blaze a trail toward curriculum and scholarship that deeply examines the relationships between capital markets, firms, and the public good. 

This year, we accepted nominations of business school faculty who have developed and taught courses at the graduate level that prompt students to examine critically the intersection of the public and private sectors in value creation and problem-solving. 

Among the themes considered were:
  • Understanding the public and private sectors
  • Assessing the comparative advantages of business and government
  • Navigating the public/ private interface
  • Influencing the public/private relationship

**Read more about the selection criteria here.**

Faculty Pioneer Award Winners and Finalists will be recognized at an award ceremony in New York on Thursday, October 16. The ceremony will be part of a symposium on business education, organized by the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program and hosted at the Ford Foundation. The symposium will focus on how business schools can most effectively prepare students to lead companies in ways that produce a vibrant economy that works for all. We have also created a portal on to feature the syllabi of this year's honorees. 

For more information on the 2014 Aspen Faculty Pioneer Award winners and finalists, please visit the links below. 



Ryan D. Cabinte
Associate Dean, MBA/MPA Program
Presidio Graduate School 

Mary Margaret Frank
Associate Professor and Academic Director, Institute for Business in Society
Darden Graduate School of Business, University of Virginia 

Ishtiaq Pasha Mahmood (Rising Star)
Associate Professor
National University of Singapore Business School 


Anat R. Admati
George G.C. Parker Professor of Finance and Economics

Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford University 

Tim Johnson
Assistant Professor of Public Management and Public Policy

Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University 

Andrew A. King
Professor of Business Administration

Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College 

John F. Mahon
Murphy Chair and Professor of Management

Maine Business School, University of Maine 

Barry M. Mitnick
Professor of Business Administration and of Public and International Affairs

Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh 


Questions? Contact Claire Preisser at

Click here, to see a list of past Faculty Pioneer Award Winners.