Clinical Professor of Management
Business Law Area Head
S.J.D., Indiana University, 2003
L.L.M., Indiana University, 1993
J.D., Gonzaga University, 1980
M.B.A., Eastern Washington University, 1980
B.A., Business Administration, Eastern Washington
Professor Fisher joined the Krannert faculty in 2005 and has served as the Assistant Dean for Online Programs & Instructional Excellence, Assistant Dean for GISMA, Assistant Dean and Academic Director for Undergraduate programs, and the Area Coordinator for Business Law. He also has taught at GISMA Business School in Hannover, Germany. He previously served as a professor and chair in the Department of Economics and Business at Hanover (Indiana) College. He also has been an adjunct faculty member at National University in Fresno, California, California State University-Fresno, the California School of Professional Psychology, the University of San Francisco, Western Washington University, and Eastern Washington University. He was an assistant city attorney in Bellingham, Washington, and a risk manager for the city of Fresno, California.
In 2018, Professor Fisher was honored as an inductee into Purdue University's Book of Great Teachers. He received Purdue University's (Murphy) Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher Award, and he has been inducted as a Fellow of the Teaching Academy at Purdue.
Professor Fisher was voted Krannert's Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher four times. He received the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award from Krannert twice. He also received Undergraduate Distinguished Teacher awards in 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, and 2013. In 2011 and 2009, he received the Outstanding Professor in Krannert Executive Education Programs Award, and in 2013, 2012, and 2010, he received the Excellence in Teaching in Krannert Executive Education Programs Award. In 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015, he received the Outstanding & Distinguished Teacher teaching award for the Weekend MBA program. He received Krannert Weekend MBA Excellence Teaching Awards in 2014 and 2012. In 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2006, he received the MBA Core Teaching Award. In 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 and 2006, he received a total of 28 graduate Distinguished Teacher Awards and Outstanding and Distinguished Teacher Awards.
Professor Fisher has received the Innovative Teaching Awards from both the Master's and Undergraduate programs. He has received the Teaching for Tomorrow Award from Purdue University, a PRT International Travel Grant, SAIL Grant, and CIBER Grant for Study Abroad. He has been awarded a grant for Study Abroad & International Learning and a Purdue CIBER Curriculum Development Award. Professor Fisher received the Mortar Board Outstanding Professor award and the Baynham Award for Outstanding Teacher, when he taught at Hanover College. He had received the National University Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award.
He was elected for a three year term to the University Senate to represent Krannert as a Senator in 2014, and reelected in 2017. Professor Fisher has been an academic advisor for Delta Sigma Pi and Beta Gamma Sigma for undergraduates. He has taught MBA courses in German for seven summers in the GISMA program, and has taught study abroad in Italy during the summer. He is a peer reviewer for the American Business Law Journal, McGraw-Hill/Irwin, South-Western/Cengage Learning, and on the editorial boards for the Review of Integrative Business & Economics Research Journal, Horizon Research Publishing's Advances in Economics & Business Journal, International Journal of Business Insights & Transformation, Research in Social Change Journal, Journal of Law & Legal Studies, and International Journal of Scientific and Engineering Research. His research interests are employment law, environmental law, contract law and constitutional law.
Uncommon Knowledge: Business Law course introduces undergrads to academic research
Once considered the domain of faculty and graduate students, academic research is quickly becoming a staple of Krannert’s undergraduate curriculum. An example is the Contracts for Managers (MGMT 59000) course taught by Cliff Fisher, a clinical professor of management and head of the Krannert School’s business law area. One of the key components is a research study and paper that students can submit for consideration as a conference presentation and/or journal publication.
- Krannert's Cliff Fisher among 45 professors inducted into Purdue's Book of Great Teachers
Krannert faculty member Cliff Fisher was among 45 Purdue professors who were honored Dec. 11 when they were inducted into the University's Book of Great Teachers, which honors outstanding teaching faculty who have demonstrated sustained excellence in the classroom. Held every five years, the induction ceremony took place in Purdue Memorial Union's South Ballroom. President Mitch Daniels and Provost Jay Akridge spoke at the event.
Office: KCTR 219
Area(s) of Expertise
Employment Law Constitutional Law Contract Law Environmental Law