Faculty Members Recognized During Week of Excellence

April 22, 2021


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MISSOULA – As the spring semester comes to a close in Missoula, the University of Montana is taking the time to honor employees during the 2021 UM Week of Excellence. Three College of Business faculty members are being recognized during the week for their excellence.

Dr. Michael Morelli, Director of the UM Entertainment Management program in the College of Business, earned the Most Inspirational Teacher Award for 2021. The award is voted on by students in recognition of a professor who has had an extraordinary impact on their lives. Morelli is the 11th member of the College of Business to win the award, since its inception in 1983.

Dr. Theresa Floyd, Associate Professor of Management and the James and Maggie Gleason Faculty Fellow, earned the John Ruffatto Memorial Award. This award was established to encourage and reward UM faculty who impart practical, applicable principles into their classroom presentations. 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.

Dr. Suzanne Tilleman, the Sprunk and Burnham Endowed Dean at the College of Business, earned the 2021 Sustainability Award in the administrator category. Tilleman is faculty advisor for the Sustainable Business Strategy Certificate (SBSC) in the College of Business, which prepares students to incorporate sustainability considerations into the strategic decisions of business, including enhancing customer value throughout the value chain.

A list of all awards and award recipients can be found on the UM Week of Excellence webpage.  


The University of Montana is the flagship university of the state. The College of Business at UM is nationally renowned and has been named the top business school in the Big Sky Conference by U.S. News and World Report for five consecutive years.