Clayton State University Assistant Professor of Economics Dr. Reza Kheirandish was named one of the Outstanding Faculty Advisors of the Year at the recent national conference of the Society for Advancement of Management (SAM), held in Orlando, Fla.
Kheirandish’s honor was based on a letter of recommendation from Clayton State SAM Chapter President Dana Sweatt.
Kheirandish joined Dr. Lari Arjomand in 2007 as the Clayton State SAM club co-advisor. After Arjomand retired in 2010, Kheirandish stayed on as advisor. Arjomand also received the Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award in 2010. In 2011, Dr. Michael H. Deis, associate professor of Management, and a former SAM advisor, joined Kheirandish as co-advisor.
“I’m honored, and the certificate is hanging on my wall,” says Kheirandish. “Dr. Deis was our first SAM chapter advisor from a long time ago. It was gracious of him to join again and share his experiences from the past. I also learned a lot from Dr. Arjomand. SAM is all about being a team. Everyone in the School of Business contributed to our successes this year.
“I also appreciate Dean Dr. Alphonso Ogbuehi; Dr. Diane Prince, associate dean; and John Mascaritolo, director, Logistics Practices and
assistant professor of Supply Chain, for their support, as well as the entire School of Business. The School offered financial support that made the travel for the students to the conference possible. We also appreciate the travel fund for our chapter from the Department of Campus Life, which supplemented the travel funds from the School of Business.”
SAM is a non-profit organization founded in 1912 by colleagues of Frederick Taylor, an engineer often called the "Father of Scientific Management." The organization brings together academics, practitioners, and students to increase management skills and improve knowledge, performance, and leadership ability.
Kheirandish holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Economics and a Masters of Economics from Virginia Tech, and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Iran. His research interests include Microeconomics Theory, Household Economics, Development, Poverty, Empirical Economics, Linear and Nonlinear Systems Theory, and Optimal Control Theory (with special interest in economics and marketing applications).