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BYU Marriott Faculty Recognized at 2023 University Conference

At the 2023 University Conference in August, Brigham Young University recognized a handful of faculty and staff across campus for their efforts in advancing research and experiential learning as well as their exemplary contributions to the university. Among those honored were three faculty members from the BYU Marriott School of Business: Jeff Dyer, Eric Blum, and Isaac Smith.

“We have many laudable faculty who are teaching our students,” says Brigitte Madrian, dean of BYU Marriott. “Our faculty have accomplished some wonderful things over the past year.”

Dyer, the Horace Beesley Professor of Strategy, received the Karl G. Maeser Research & Creative Arts Award. This award celebrates professors, such as Dyer, who demonstrate exceptional distinction in research, creative arts, or performances.

A professional headshot of Jeff Dyer wearing a suit and tie, smiling at the camera.
Jeff Dyer is professor of strategy in BYU Marriott's Department of Management.
Photo courtesy of BYU Marriott.

Dyer’s research has been published in Strategic Management Journal, Harvard Business Review, BusinessWeek, and the Wall Street Journal. He has written nine books, which collectively have more than 50,000 Google Scholar citations.

The Adjunct Faculty Excellence Award was presented to Blum, adjunct professor for the Romney Institute of Public Service and Ethics. This award highlights the contributions of adjunct faculty who have demonstrated outstanding teaching over at least a five-year period.

A professional headshot of Eric Blum in a suit and a striped tie.
Eric Blum is an adjunct professor for the Romney Institute of Public Service.
Photo courtesy of BYU Marriott.

Blum has taught at BYU Marriott for the last seven years, teaching courses on management ethics and law philosophy. Aside from teaching, Blum is chief learning officer of Roots Management Group. Starting as a corporate attorney and rising to several different senior executive roles, Blum has been successful in business for decades.

The Early Career Scholarship Award was given to Smith, an associate professor of organizational behavior and human resources in the Department of Management. As the name suggests, this award is meant to encourage junior faculty in their promising careers.

A professional headshot of Isaac Smith smiling in front of a blurred gray background.
Isaac Smith an associate professor of organizational behavior in BYU Marriott's Department of Management.
Photo courtesy of BYU Marriott.

While teaching at Cornell in 2016, Smith was recognized as one of the "40 under 40 Most Outstanding MBA professors" by Poets&Quants. His work has been published in academic and practitioner journals including Psychological Science, Harvard Business Review, and MIT Sloan Management Review.

The BYU University Conference served to shine a spotlight on just a few of BYU Marriott’s exemplary faculty.


Written by Melissa Een