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Owens Honored with Plesur Award

By Jacqueline Ghosen

Release Date: May 9, 2012

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Bradley Owens of the School of Management is the 2012 recipient of the Milton Plesur Excellence in Teaching Award.

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Bradley Owens, assistant professor of organization and human resources in the University at Buffalo School of Management, received the Milton Plesur Excellence in Teaching Award from the Undergraduate Student Association on April 18 in the Recital Room of UB's Baird Hall.

The award is named for Plesur, a professor in the UB Department of History who died in 1987, and recognizes a faculty member's commitment to students and quality of teaching.

Owens joined the School of Management in fall 2011 and teaches "Organizational Behavior and Administration."

Undergraduate Kittie Pizzutelli nominated Owens after taking his class last fall. Now one of his research assistants, she says, "We're studying humility and leadership with Professor Owens, and I find him to be an exemplary individual in both those regards."

Owens has conducted postdoctoral work at the University of Michigan, has a doctorate from the University of Washington, and an MPA and bachelor's from Brigham Young University. A member of the Academy of Management, his academic interests include leadership, team processes, race and gender issues and work/life balance.

His research on how racial and gender biases influence customer satisfaction received the Academy of Management Best Paper Award for 2011.

The UB School of Management is recognized for its emphasis on real-world learning, community and economic impact, and the global perspective of its faculty, students and alumni. The school has been ranked by Bloomberg Businessweek, the Financial Times, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report and The Wall Street Journal for the quality of its programs and the return on investment it provides its graduates. For more information about the UB School of Management, visit http://mgt.buffalo.edu.