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FSU’s Jim Moran Institute Announces Inaugural Fellows

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship at The Florida State University has announced the selection of its inaugural class of fellows. They are Florida State faculty members Susan S. Fiorito, Gary A. Knight and Joseph B. Schlenoff.

Working across a diverse spectrum of expertise, the inaugural class includes faculty members from the College of Business, College of Human Sciences and College of Arts and Sciences. Each was selected based on his or her teaching, research and service in entrepreneurship.

Named after automobile-industry legend Jim Moran, who established a legacy of entrepreneurial success that spanned more than seven decades, the Jim Moran Institute Faculty Fellows Program was recently established to stimulate scholarly activities that advance research, teaching and service in entrepreneurship. The program is intended to support research by gifted and ambitious entrepreneurship scholars at Florida State who, in turn, will share their knowledge and success with students in the university’s entrepreneurship program, as well as with academic scholars, aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners in the local community.

According to its criteria, Jim Moran Institute fellows are united by a set of values, as well as a shared commitment to student success and to programs that support applied research in entrepreneurship and the development of entrepreneurial leaders in the community.

“The Jim Moran Institute Fellows program sends a strong message about our commitment to support the expansion of entrepreneurship research and education at Florida State University,” said Tim R. Holcomb, executive director of the institute and the university’s Jim Moran Assistant Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship. “Fellows are pursuing research that is expanding the frontiers of knowledge about topics of great importance to entrepreneurs. Their cutting-edge research is enriching and informing classroom teaching and work with entrepreneurs and small businesses in the community, helping us to better achieve our mission to cultivate, train and inspire entrepreneurial leaders.”

The 2010 Jim Moran Institute fellows are as follows:

  • Susan S. Fiorito, a professor in the Department of Retail Merchandising and Product Development within the College of Human Sciences, teaches and has developed undergraduate and graduate classes in retail technologies, family-owned businesses, merchandise buying and inventory analysis. She also has developed and taught courses in Milan, Paris and London. Fiorito’s research areas include retail buying and technologies, small-business management, and brand and store loyalty.
  • Gary A. Knight is an associate professor in the Department of Marketing within the College of Business and is director of the Multinational Business Operations Program. He has been ranked one of the top 15 most prolific scholars in his field in the United States, and one of the top 30 worldwide, by the six leading international business journals. Knight teaches undergraduate and MBA courses and has spent numerous summers overseas as a visiting professor, research scholar and teacher in Florida State’s international programs. His research interests include international marketing strategy; international business strategy in “bottom of the pyramid” countries and emerging markets; international entrepreneurship; international strategy of the “born global” firm; international services marketing; marketing management and strategy; and entrepreneurship.
  • Joseph B. Schlenoff is chairman of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry within the College of Arts and Sciences. He is a Distinguished Research Professor and is the university’s Leo Mandelkern Professor of Polymer Science. He holds six U.S. patents, with several more pending, all related to ultra-thin films; this places him second among FSU faculty. Schlenoff has worked for more than eight years to develop ultra-thin films that repel water and other corrosive substances; one of his patents has already entered the marketplace. His laboratory is engaged in multidisciplinary research centered on the use of novel structures made from polyelectrolytes. Schlenoff’s research interests include polymers at surfaces, polyelectrolytes, and polyelectrolyte structures; analytical chemistry of macromolecules; and electrochemistry of materials.

For more information, contact Tim Holcomb at (850) 644- 7851 or

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