Huntsman Post

Huntsman professor is one of four to win prestigious award

Alison Cook
Photo by Sterling Morris

By Connor Child

Alison Cook has a message for students in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business.

“Keep doing your work because people are noticing,” Dr. Cook said. “An increasing number of people are starting to see the quality of students that are coming out of the Huntsman School.”

Students from the Huntsman School of Business aren’t the only ones getting attention, though. The Western Academy of Management recently selected Dr. Cook, an associate professor in the Department of Management, as a winner of the Ascendant Scholar Award.

Dr. Cook is one of only four academics to receive the award this year. It is given annually to researchers who show potential early in their research career. Recipients of the award cannot be any more than seven years out of their Ph.D. programs. Past winners of the award have come from universities such as Stanford, Cambridge and UCLA.

Although Dr. Cook is a professor of management, much of her research focuses on gender and diversity studies. Her research on management, sociology, gender and racial issues has been published in cross-disciplinary journals.

“I’ve done some good solid work out there but it is not in traditional outlets,” she said. “I’m glad the Western Academy of Management recognized quality work when they saw it.”

She also said she benefits from strong support from her colleagues and other leaders at the Huntsman School of Business. They haven’t questioned her research or where she has published, she said, and they have made sure she has the resources to do what she needs to do.

“At the Huntsman School of Business, they are supportive as long as you are doing quality work,” she said.