AlLinkAccording to an email circulated by Dean McRae C. Banks, Al Link, member of the graduate faculty in the Economics Department, has been awarded the Virginia Batte Phillips Distinguished Professorship.

Dean Banks goes on to say:

It is my pleasure to announce that, based on recommendations from Jeremy Bray, the Provost, and me, Chancellor Brady has appointed Dr. Al Link as the next Virginia Batte Phillips Distinguished Professor. Since joining the Bryan School faculty in Economics in 1982, Al has held several administrative appointments, including department head and director of the MBA Program. Most impressive, however, have been his scholarly accomplishments in three areas, book publications, journal publications, and grants, as well as the recognition of his scholarship through editorships and editorial board services, as well as advisory assignments to major national and international policy and research organizations.

Al has been a prolific author. He has published 49 books, most of them scholarly books. Of those, 30 were authored or co-authored, and the balance were edited or co-edited. Seventeen have been published or accepted for publication since 2010. Of the 170 peer reviewed journal articles published in his career, 36 have been published or accepted for publication since 2010. His articles have appeared in such top journals as American Economic Review, Decision Sciences, Journal of Labor Research, Journal of Product Innovation Management, European Journal of Finance, and Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice. Additionally, he has been awarded approximately $2.2 million across 31 grants.

Much of Al’s work has focused almost exclusively on science, technology, and innovation topics, the latter being a new thrust for the School. He is recognized as one of the top thinkers in the world on economic policy as it relates to these topics. As a result he has served as an advisor to NASA, the National Academies, OECD, the White House, NSF, the National Governors Association, NIST, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, the World Bank, and the UN, among others, in addition to testifying before Congress.

Al also contributes to the profession through editorial work. For many years he has served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Technology Transfer and currently is on the editorial boards of Small Business Economics and Journal of the Knowledge Economy. Previously he served on the editorial boards of British Journal of Management, Technovation, and Review of Industrial Organization.

Friends of the Economics Department know Al better as “the professor who made me write.” His course, Applied Policy Methods, is frequently named as the favorite course of MA students and is mentioned by alumni as being the course they’ve used most in the workplace.

We congratulate Al on this much-deserved honor. Salute!

Al Link Appointed Distinguished Professor