The Sawyer Business School recently honored three outstanding faculty members with annual awards for service, teaching, and research.

Sawyer Business School Associate Dean/Dean of Academic Affairs Morris McInnes presented the first award to Associate Professor of Marketing Cristian Chelariu for excellence in service. Chelariu is an expert in emerging global markets, such as China. He researches the unique business challenges in developing economies, where companies lack the complex infrastructure seen in Western Europe and North America.

Associate Dean Morris McInnes, Associate Professor Cristian Chelariu, and Dean William O'Neill

Chelariu graduated with a degree in economics from Al. I. Cuza University in Romania. He later earned an MBA from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a PhD from Georgia State University in Atlanta. Before joining Suffolk University, Chelariu taught for five years at the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto.

The second award was presented to Carlos Rufín, associate professor of Strategy & International Business and director of Undergraduate International Programs, for his excellence in teaching.

Associate Dean Morris McInnes, Associate Professor Carlos Rufin, and Dean William O'Neill

After bestowing the award, McInnes read a quote from one of Rufín’s former students, which described him as a “very credible teacher with extensive knowledge of globalization.” The student also noted that Rufín “was very engaging with the class, and overall, a very interesting person.”

A native of Barcelona, Spain, Carlos Rufín studied at Princeton University and Columbia University before earning a PhD from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

The final award was given to Associate Professor of Marketing Giana Eckhardt for her commitment to research and scholarship. Eckhardt, who has a PhD in Marketing from the University of Minnesota, has published more than 10 articles in leading trade journals.

Associate Dean Morris McInnes, Associate Professor Giana Eckhardt, and Dean William O'Neill

She is also the author of The Myth of the Ethical Consumer, which examines whether consumers are interested in how their products are made. Based on Eckhardt’s research, the book offers insight into the social aspects of consumption.

Chelariu, Rufín, and Eckhardt are three accomplished professors among a large group of dedicated and diverse faculty members, which includes scholars and global leaders in business, government, healthcare, and nonprofit communities.