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Larry Michaelsen

Larry Michaelsen

Helping students to experience learning to a greater degree through programs like Innovative Business Experience (IBE), Larry Michaelsen not only prepared students for the business world but his efforts resulted in funds raised to benefit local charities and benefitted many organizations through his students’ community service. Michaelsen, who has retired as professor emeritus of management, joined UCM in August 2003. He worked with his colleagues in the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies to initiate the IBE program the following year.

The program gives students opportunities to form their own companies and actually secure and repay a bank loan of up to $5,000 for capital funds to produce and market a product. The program includes a community service component, and students donate profits to charities of their choice. The result of such efforts led to $501,000 in total gross revenues, $274,000 for charity, and nearly 19,000 community service hours since the program’s inception in 2004. While serving at UCM, Michaelsen earned an international reputation for his knowledge and research in areas such IBE as Team-Based Learning (TBL). He conducted faculty-development workshops on more than 250 campuses in 22 countries and at conferences of over 20 different disciplines. Michaelsen authored or co-authored four books and more than 30 articles and book chapters on TBL.

He is a lifetime member of the Team-Based Learning Collaborative Executive Board, and has service as editor of the “Journal of Management Education.” Michaelsen earned many honors during his higher education career. This includes being named a Carnegie Scholar and a Fulbright Senior Scholar three times, leading to work at Bandung Institute of Technology-Indonesia, Seoul University School of Medicine-Korea, and Sydney University-Australia. He also was a Visiting Senior Scholar to Thai Ministry of Education. Michaelsen’s education includes a bachelor’s degree from Utah State University and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.