Dr. Susan S. Fiorito

Faculty Senate President, Professor and Director
Dr. Susan Fiorito

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Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship

Dr. Susan S. Fiorito is the Director of the Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship, Jim Moran Professor of Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneur-in-Residence.  Dr. Fiorito has been a faculty member at FSU since 1990.  She was an owner of four apparel, leather goods and turquoise jewelry stores in Atlanta, GA and owner of a wholesale leather goods company until 1980. In addition to teaching at FSU she has also taught and conducted research at the University of Iowa, Florida International University and the University of Stirling in Scotland where she taught graduate level courses and developed a module for their Executive MBA program.   Dr. Fiorito’s research focuses on retailing, small business management and buying and has been featured in a variety of academic journals, including International Journal of Research and Distribution Management, the Journal of Retailing, and Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice. She has received research grants totaling nearly $170K. In addition, she taught summer study abroad courses in Milan, Paris and London for six years and spent one year on sabbatical at the University of Stirling in Scotland. She has received three University teaching awards, and was selected to be one of three inaugural Jim Moran Institute Faculty Fellows in 2010. She was the first female president from 1992-94 of the American Collegiate Retailing Association since the Association’s inception in 1949 and she is currently the treasurer, also a first for a woman, to hold this position for two consecutive terms.  She was appointed to the Board for the Florida Retail Federation in 2003 and has served faithfully since that time. Dr. Fiorito contributes to several university, college and department committees.