Sustained excellence. Innovative methods. Exceptional teaching skill. These accomplishments are embodied by the 2012 John D. and Dortha J. Withrow Teacher-Scholar Award winner Ranjani Krishnan, professor of Accounting and Information Systems (AIS) and Plante & Moran Teaching Fellow. Each year, only one faculty member in the Broad College receives this award for their institutional and scholarly activities.
During over 10 years of service to the Broad College, Krishnan has earned numerous awards for her teaching and research. The Department of AIS has honored her impact on students with the Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award in 2004. In addition, she received the Withrow Endowed Emerging Scholar Award in 2006 for her teaching and scholarly activities at the Broad College. For her research, she has been recognized with the 2012 Greatest Impact on Managerial Accounting Practice Award, the 2006 Notable Contribution to Accounting Research Award, the 2005 Notable Contribution to the Management Accounting Literature Award and the 1999 McLaughlin Prize for Research in Accounting Ethics. She also received the Outstanding Faculty Research Award in both 2002 and 2008 from the Department of AIS.
The Withrow Teacher-Scholar Award honors faculty who have provided distinguished service to Michigan State University and the student body through excellence in institutional and scholarly activities. The primary consideration for the award is high quality, professional service in higher education while an MSU faculty member. Recipients of this honor demonstrate “sustained excellence as a faculty member, including exceptional teaching skill, development of innovative teaching methods, service to the business or academic communities, and scholarly excellence.”
Krishnan’s research focuses on managerial accounting and control, cost accounting, cost behavior and health care. Her research has been published in journals such as Contemporary Accounting Research, The Accounting Review and Journal of Accounting Research. She received her MBA and PhD from the University of Pittsburgh. Krishnan was a visiting professor at Harvard Business School from 2008-09. She currently teaches both MBA and PhD accounting courses at the Broad College.