Hiram College

Ryan Smerek, assistant professor of management, was recently given an award from the American Association of University Administrators (AAUA) for his dissertation, “Sensemaking and Sensegiving: Leadership Processes of New College Presidents.”

The Leo and Margaret Goodman-Malamuth Dissertation Award is named for Leo Goodman-Malamuth, an early member of the AAUA who gave a small gift to endow the award. The award itself is an engraved plaque with Smerek’s name and the title and year of his work.

Smerek will receive the award at the AAUA’s next conference, which will take place November 4 through 6 in Washington, D.C. He will also have the opportunity to give a presentation about his work at a conference session dedicated specifically to the dissertation awards.