Indian American Dr. Rajani Ganesh-Pillai of NDSU wins Peltier Award

Dr. Rajani Ganesh-Pillai, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Marketing - NDSU - Photo from NDSU Staff Faculty
Dr. Rajani Ganesh-Pillai, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Marketing - NDSU - Photo from NDSU Staff Faculty

The Indian Panorama News Release New York: Indian American Dr. Rajani Ganesh-Pillai, assistant professor of marketing, will be acknowledged with the Peltier Award; confirmed The North Dakota State University via its press release on the NDSU Website.

Indian American Dr. Rajani Ganesh-Pillai earned bachelor’s degree and Master of Business Administration from the University of Pune, India. She also earned a Master of Business Administration from Emporia State University, Kansas, and a doctorate from the University of Central Florida.

She will be recognized during the annual Celebration of Faculty Excellence scheduled for Wednesday, May 6, at the NDSU Harry D. McGovern Alumni Center. The NDSU Development Foundation sponsors the awards.

“NDSU has many amazing and dedicated faculty members,” said Provost Beth Ingram. “The four faculty being honored this spring have distinguished themselves as the best of the best. I am truly delighted to be able to recognize their accomplishments.

The Peltier Award was established by Joseph and Norma Peltier to honor innovation in teaching. Ganesh-Pillai will be recognized for her efforts to bring hands-on experience, theory-based understanding and an enhanced global perspective to her marketing students.

One of her innovative practices is a game called “Baffa Baffa,” where the goal is to have students understand culture’s role in business and how it can affect transactions and relationships.

“This is an eye-opening experience for a lot of students,” wrote Chanchai Tangpong, professor of management. “This makes them more aware of and more sensitive to cultural issue underlying marketing decisions.”

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