John Ruffatto Memorial Award

The John Ruffatto Memorial Award is presented annually during UM's Charter Day ceremonies.

The $3,500 John Ruffatto Memorial Award was established to encourage and reward UM faculty who impart practical, applicable principles into their classroom presentation. When Ruffatto, a retired Missoula financial consultant, and his friends and colleagues created the award in 1990, they did so to solidify the interdependent relationship between local businesses and the University of Montana.

Nominations are due by 12 p.m. Friday, December 7 to the John Ruffatto Memorial Award Selection Committee, c/o Lyndsay Holcomb, College of Business, Gallagher Business Building room 376 or electronically to lyndsay.holcomb@mso.umt.edu

Tenure-track faculty are eligible to be nominated for and receive the John Ruffatto Memorial Award.

Applicants must have gained practical knowledge in their teaching specialty through involvement with a Montana enterprise and/or through their work as a consultant. Successful applicants will demonstrate how this practical experience was brought into the classroom and how the students benefited.

Application requirements:

  • Completed nomination form
  • Completed supporting information form
  • Three letters of support (for example, from businesses, students, or former students, academic deans, or chairs). Letter writers are asked to include a phone number at which they may be reached.
  • Brief, succinct supporting materials or exhibits.
  • Brief resume (two pages or less).
  • A cover letter.

John Ruffatto Memorial Award recipients

Year

Name

Title

2018

Beth Dodson

Associate Professor, Integrated Natural Resources

W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation

2017

Justin Angle

Assistant Professor, Marketing

College of Business

2016

Sam Panarella

Associate Professor, Director of International Programs

2015

Shawn Clouse

Professor, Management Information Systems

College of Business

2014

Bradley Layton

Assistant Professor, Director, Energy Technology Program

Missoula College

2013

Cameron Lawrence

Professor, Management Information Systems

College of Business

2012

Christina von Reichert

Professor, Geography

College of Humanities and Sciences

2011

Jakki Mohr

Professor, Marketing

College of Business

2010

Denise Dowling

Associate Professor, Radio-Television

Journalism

2009

David Firth

Professor, Management Information Systems

College of Business

2008

Charles M. Thompson

Professor, Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Science

College of health Professions & Biomedical Sciences

2007

Teresa K. Beed

Professor of Accounting,  MAcct Director

College of Business

2006

Vincent Colucci

Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice

College of Health Professionals and Biomedical Sciences

2005

Terri L. Herron

Professor of Accounting, Associate Dean

College of Business

2004

Dennis O'Donnell

Professor Emeritus, Economics

2003

Jeff P. Shay

Assistant Professor, Management

College of Business

2002

Michael P. Rivey

Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice

College of Health Professions & Biomedical Sciences

2001

MaryEllen Campbell

Professor Emerita, Management

College of Business

2000

Richard Van den pol

Professor, Director, Division of Educational Research and Service

Curriculum and Instruction

Education

1999

Maureen Fleming

Professor Emerita, Management

College of Business

1998

Jerry R. Smith

Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences

1997

Gerald E. Evans

Professor, Management

College of Business

1996

Dennis Swibold

Professor

Journalism

1995

Jerry Furniss

Professor, Management

College of Business

1994

William Wilmot

Professor

Communication Studies

1993

Richard T. Dailey

Professor Emeritus, Management

College of Business

1992

Steven C. Bahls

Professor

Law

1991

Paul Larson

Professor

College of Business