2017 Faculty Excellence Awards
Don Larsen, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Management
College of Business
MCIE Award for Support of Students with Disabilities
Receiving the MCIE Faculty Award for Exceptional Support of Students with Disabilities is an honor Don Larsen, Ph.D., takes to heart.
“My daughter is in college and uses the equivalent of Disability Support Services,” Don said. “I have a soft spot for this; it’s very important to support our students and make accommodations so they can succeed.”
The associate professor of management with the College of Business said his experience has been that students asking for accommodations are often leaders in the classroom.
“These students don’t ask for much and they don’t like to be singled out. They just want a hand of help in areas they need it,” Don said.
Students are grateful for support from faculty like Don.
“Professor Larsen has always gone above and beyond to help with my disability accommodations. He never gripes or moans, but instead offers any other help or assistance I may need,” a student said.
The student continued, “He goes out of his way to make sure I am comfortable by allowing me to take my exam in a separate quiet room ahead of class time, so I do not feel the pressure of noise and time constraints.”
Don has been at MSUB for 15 years and brings experiential learning to his courses in management, leadership, and human resource management.
His previous experience includes time serving as a senior auditor for the U.S. Department of Defense and as a consultant. He has published in journals such as SAM Advanced Management Journal and Journal of Business and Psychology.