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Clifford Fisher

Clifford Fisher

Clinical Professor of Management
Business Law Area Head
Law, Communication, and Ethics


S.J.D., Indiana University, 2003
L.L.M., Indiana University, 1993
J.D., Gonzaga University, 1980
M.B.A., Eastern Washington University, 1980
B.A., Business Administration, Eastern Washington


Professor Fisher joined the Krannert faculty in 2005 and has served as the Assistant Dean for Online Programs & Instructional Excellence, Assistant Dean for GISMA, Assistant Dean and Academic Director for Undergraduate programs, and Area Head for Law, Communications and Ethics. He also has taught at GISMA Business School in Hannover, Germany. He previously served as a professor and chair in the Department of Economics and Business at Hanover (Indiana) College. He also has been an adjunct faculty member at National University in Fresno, California, California State University-Fresno, the California School of Professional Psychology, the University of San Francisco, Western Washington University, and Eastern Washington University. He was an assistant city attorney in Bellingham, Washington, and a risk manager for the city of Fresno, California.

Professor Fisher was honored as an inductee into Purdue University's Book of Great Teachers. He received Purdue University's (Murphy) Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher Award, and he has been inducted as a Fellow of the Teaching Academy at Purdue.  

Professor Fisher was voted Krannert's Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher four times. He received the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award from Krannert twice. He has also received Undergraduate Distinguished Teacher awards most every semester he teaches.  He has twice received the Outstanding Professor in Krannert Executive Education Programs Award, and three times, he received the Excellence in Teaching in Krannert Executive Education Programs Award. Four different years, he received the Outstanding & Distinguished Teacher teaching award for the Weekend MBA program. He received Krannert Weekend MBA Excellence Teaching Awards in two times. Most every semester he taught MBA courses, he received the MBA Core Teaching Award. He has received in excess of 35 graduate Distinguished Teacher Awards and Outstanding and Distinguished Teacher Awards.

Professor Fisher has received the Innovative Teaching Awards from both the Master's and Undergraduate programs. He has received the Teaching for Tomorrow Award from Purdue University, a PRT International Travel Grant, SAIL Grant, and CIBER Grant for Study Abroad. He has been awarded a grant for Study Abroad & International Learning and a Purdue CIBER Curriculum Development Award. Professor Fisher received the Mortar Board Outstanding Professor award and the Baynham Award for Outstanding Teacher, when he taught at Hanover College. He had received the National University Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award.

He was twice elected for three year terms to the University Senate to represent Krannert as a Senator. Professor Fisher has been an academic advisor for Delta Sigma Pi and Beta Gamma Sigma for undergraduates. He has taught MBA courses in Germany for seven summers in the GISMA program, and has taught study abroad in Italy during the summer.  He is or has been a peer reviewer for the American Business Law Journal, McGraw-Hill/Irwin, South-Western/Cengage Learning, and on the editorial boards for the Review of Integrative Business & Economics Research Journal, Horizon Research Publishing's Advances in Economics & Business Journal, International Journal of Business Insights & Transformation, and Research in Social Change Journal.

Professor Fisher has 40 published articles. His research interests are employment law, environmental law, contract law and constitutional law.

  • student holding microscope in library

    Business Law course introduces undergrads to academic research

    Once considered the domain of faculty and graduate students, academic research is quickly becoming a staple of Krannert’s undergraduate curriculum. From participation in conferences and competitions through the Purdue Office of Undergraduate Research to school-specific experiential learning initiatives and individual courses, management students have numerous opportunities to apply knowledge in their chosen career field or related areas of learning.

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    Uncommon Knowledge: Business Law course introduces undergrads to academic research
    Once considered the domain of faculty and graduate students, academic research is quickly becoming a staple of Krannert’s undergraduate curriculum. An example is the Contracts for Managers (MGMT 59000) course taught by Cliff Fisher, a clinical professor of management and head of the Krannert School’s business law area. One of the key components is a research study and paper that students can submit for consideration as a conference presentation and/or journal publication.
  • Krannert's Cliff Fisher among 45 professors inducted into Purdue's Book of Great Teachers
    Krannert faculty member Cliff Fisher was among 45 Purdue professors who were honored Dec. 11 when they were inducted into the University's Book of Great Teachers, which honors outstanding teaching faculty who have demonstrated sustained excellence in the classroom. Held every five years, the induction ceremony took place in Purdue Memorial Union's South Ballroom. President Mitch Daniels and Provost Jay Akridge spoke at the event.

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