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Armand Gilinsky Honored with the Goldstein Award

Business Professor recognized for exceptional research and scholarship

Armand Gilinsky and Andrew Rogerson at Goldstein Awards Dr. Armand Gilinsky, professor in the School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University, has been recognized for his exceptional research and scholarship. Named one of two recipients of the Bernie and Estelle Goldstein Award for Excellence in Scholarship, Gilinsky accepted the award last Wednesday at a ceremony at SSU.

"I feel like I finally got the job," Gilinsky shared after accepting the award. "20 years ago I asked Dr. Arminana how to get a job here and he advised me to win the support of the faculty. I told him today, 'I got the job.'"

Every year the Goldstein Award honors two faculty members who successfully embody the teacher-scholar model, recognizing the important connection between engagement in scholarly activity and the creation of enriched learning environments for students.

Most recently on the teaching side, Gilinsky's proposal for a new program certificate was chosen by the Green Music Center Board of Advisors. The program allocated $100,000 to fund projects that will build and showcase academic interaction with the GMC in novel and exciting ways. The Board received proposals from professors across campus, six of which were chosen to receive funding.

Gilinky's proposal creates a certificate in Creative Arts and Digital Media Business that provides opportunities for a non-business degree-seeking student to be exposed to the interconnections between entrepreneurship and their chosen field of study. The program is designed to create corresponding learning and recognition opportunities for students seeking specific knowledge of how to apply their creative talents and innovation leadership skills.

"The certificate is a way to get students and faculty throughout campus to change the conversation from 'we are living in an opportunity poor society' to 'we are living in an opportunity rich society,'" explained Gilinsky.

  In addition to his work creating exciting opportunities for students, Gilinsky maintains a strong enthusiasm for scholarship. Along with fellow professors Sandra Newton and Doug Jordan, he examined a systematic view of financial performance in the wine industry. Using confidential data provided by Silicon Valley Bank─making it a one of a kind analysis─the study explores the financial patterns of a group of wineries in one geographical area over a five year time-frame, a period in which many were affected by a national recession, "No one was immune, yet some out-performed others. The question we asked was why."

Throughout his career, Gilinsky has contributed to ten refereed journal articles such as the Journal of Management Education and the New England Journal of Entrepreneurship and has had 22 refereed case studies published in journals; several of which he has won awards and honors for along the way.

armand_dean_small.jpg In addition to being a professor of business at SSU, Gilinsky has served as Director of SSU's Entrepreneurship Center, Wine Business Program, and Small Business Institute. Since 2009 he has been involved with the Educational Policy Committee; serving as chair for the past two years.

Dr. Armand Gilinsky joined the Sonoma State faculty in 1994. Before receiving his doctorate in business with an emphasis in policy from Brunel University of London, he received an MBA in finance from Golden Gate University and degrees in educational administration and policy analysis, as well as English from Stanford University.

From publishing journal articles and case studies to using those materials as teaching aids in the classroom, Gilinsky exemplifies a combination of scholarly research and excellence in teaching. His hard work and dedication has been happily recognized by the University with the prestigious Goldstein Award.

The other recipient of this year's Goldstein Award is Dr. Ben Ford, professor of mathematics. Ford came to SSU in 1998 and holds several degrees in mathematics including his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. His research is in the area of representation theory of groups, specifically in the modular representation theory of algebraic and finite symmetric groups and has appeared in over 12 publications in the field of mathematics. He also works alongside members of the Sonoma County Office of Education as a mathematics liaison to help K-12 educators throughout the county improve how they approach the subject of mathematics. Learn more about both recipients of the award here.

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