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Top teacher calls Krannert home

Cliff FisherCliff Fisher needs a big mantle.

One of the most decorated teachers at Purdue’s Krannert School of Management, Fisher is a clinical associate professor and area coordinator in business law. His newest honor is selection as recipient of the 2011 Purdue University Outstanding Teaching Award in memory of Charles B. Murphy.

The Murphy Award is the highest recognition of undergraduate teaching at Purdue. It joins several other honors that Fisher has collected since coming to West Lafayette in 2005:

  • Krannert Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award (2008, 2009, 2011)

  • Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award (2010)

  • MBA Core Teaching Award (2010)

  • Outstanding Professor in Krannert Executive Education Programs (2009, 2010)

  • Fellow of Purdue Teaching Academy (2011)

Fisher says his goal as a teacher is simple. “I want to help my students understand the materials that they have been assigned to read, and then to apply that knowledge to real-life situations,” he says. “I want them to analyze what they come in contact with and improve their critical-thinking skills.

“What I enjoy most is seeing the look on students’ faces when they start to understand a new concept. It energizes me.”