Professor of Management Donald Baack received the 2014 Distinguished Educator by the Southwest Academy of Management (SWAM). He received the award in early March during the organization’s annual convention in Dallas.

“I am honored to receive this recognition,” Baack said. “It’s nice to have your work acknowledged by your peers from other universities.”

Baack has taught at Pitt State since 1988 and was recently re-appointed to the rank of University Professor, a title he will hold for seven years. Baack holds a bachelor of science degree from Dana College, an MBA from Southwest Missouri State University and a doctor of philosophy degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska.

The criteria used to select the winner of the Distinguished Educator Award include distinction in service to the profession, teaching, and scholarship, the three primary academic areas emphasized by SWAM.

Baack’s teaching has been recognized on several occasions, including nominations for Pittburg State’s Golden Apple Award. He received the Kelce College of Business Excellence in Teaching Award in 2006.

Baack has written or co-written 16 books, nine of which are textbooks in the areas of management, marketing, international business, healthcare, and business communication. These works have been translated into four additional languages and are available in more than 30 countries.

His academic efforts include more than 100 publications in journals and at various conferences. These writings have been cited by other professors in more than 150 academic journal articles.