Ryan D. Zimmerman, an assistant professor of management and director of the Master of Science in Human Resource Management program, was one of 20 Texas educators recognized by the annual Dean’s Roundtable.

Ryan Zimmerman

Through the annual program, the College of Education and Human Development provides a unique opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate Texas educators.

Since its inception 21 years ago, more than 400 educators have been recognized at the Dean’s Roundtable, which has the dual purpose of honoring educators and providing funding for the college. More than $400,000 has been raised for scholarships and various college priorities.

At the inaugural event in 1991, six honorees were recognized and more than 50 donors contributed gifts of $25 to $1,000 to fund sponsorships. Modeled after a similar event at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College, the Dean’s Roundtable was founded by Jane Stallings, Texas A&M University’s first female dean.

“The roundtable at Vanderbilt provided an opportunity for donors to recognize individuals who had influenced their life or the lives of others. It was a wonderful event that helped to raise funds to advance education,” Stallings said. “I wanted to bring something similar to the college when I became dean, with a specific focus on recognizing educators.”

She continued: “Over time, listening to people from all walks of life, I have learned that the best teachers are those who make students feel cared for and who provide opportunities for them to develop their potential. They love to teach and make it fun to learn. These are the educators who are celebrated each year.”

Zimmerman is a recipient, along with two co-authors, of the Academy of Management Human Resources Division’s 2006 Scholarly Achievement Award for the most significant paper in human resource management. The article (“Consequences of individuals’ fit at work: A meta-analysis of person-job, person-organization, person-group, and person-supervisor fit”) is the most frequently cited in the fields of human resource management and organizational behavior published since 2003.