SSU professor garners Goldstein Award for research
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Dr. Armand Gilinsky, professor in the School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University, has been recognized for his exceptional research and scholarship. Named one of two recipients of the Bernie and Estelle Goldstein Award for Excellence in Scholarship, Gilinsky accepted the award last Wednesday at a ceremony at SSU.

“I feel like I finally got the job,” Gilinsky shared after accepting the award. “Twenty years ago I asked Dr. Armiñana how to get a job here, and he said to win the support of the faculty. I told him today, ‘I got the job.’”

The Goldstein award honors faculty members who strive to remain a scholar while teaching. It recognizes the important connection between faculty professional development and enriched learning environments for students.

Recently, Gilinsky’s proposal for a new program certificate was chosen by the Green Music Center Board of Advisors. The program allocated $100,000 to fund projects that will build and showcase academic interaction with the GMC in novel ways. The Board received proposals from professors across campus, six of which were chosen to receive funding.

His idea is to create a certificate in Creative Arts and Digital Media Business to provide opportunities for a non-business degree-seeking student to be exposed to the interconnections between entrepreneurship and their chosen field of study. The program is designed to create corresponding learning and recognition opportunities for students seeking specific knowledge of how to apply their creative talents and innovation leadership skills.

“The certificate is a way to get students and faculty throughout campus to change the conversation from ‘we are living in an opportunity poor society’ to ‘we are living in an opportunity rich society,’” explained Gilinsky.

In addition to his work creating opportunities for students, Gilinsky maintains a strong enthusiasm for scholarship. Along with fellow professors Sandra Newton and Doug Jordan, he examined a systematic view of financial performance in the wine industry. Using confidential data provided by Silicon Valley Bank ─ making it a one of a kind analysis ─ the study explores the financial patterns of a group of wineries in one geographical area. It was conducted more than five years, a period in which many were affected by a national recession.

“No one was immune, yet some out-performed others,” Gilinsky said. “The question we asked was why.”

Throughout his career, Gilinsky has contributed to 10 refereed journal articles such as the Journal of Management Education and the New England Journal of Entrepreneurship and has had 22 refereed case studies published in journals; several of which he has won awards and honors for along the way.

In addition to being a professor of business at SSU, Gilinsky has served as Director of SSU's Entrepreneurship Center, Wine Business Program, and Small Business Institute. Since 2009, he has been involved with the Educational Policy Committee, serving as chair for the past two years. 

Gilinsky joined the SSU faculty in 1994. Before receiving his doctorate in business with an emphasis in policy from Brunel University of London, he received an MBA in finance from Golden Gate University and degrees in educational administration and policy analysis, as well as English from Stanford University.

From publishing journal articles and case studies to using those materials as teaching aids in the classroom, Gilinsky exemplifies a combination of scholarly research and excellence in teaching. His hard work and dedication has been happily recognized by the University with the prestigious Goldstein Award. 

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