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Kevin H. Michels

Professor, Department of Marketing & Interdisciplinary Business
Director, School of Business Center for Innovation and Ethics

Phone: (609) 771- 2922


Office: Business Building 315

Office Hours: Tuesday & Friday 1:15-2:45pm

JD Rutgers Law School, Newark


Kevin Michels is the founding director of the School of Business Center for Innovation and Ethics. He is a Professor in the Department of Marketing and Interdisciplinary Business at The College of New Jersey. He created the course in Innovation, which he teaches in the MBA program in Strategy, Innovation and Leadership and in the undergraduate program. He also teaches Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility and the Legal and Regulatory Environment of Business.  His current research lies at the intersection of innovation, values and ethics, and how the innovation process can be understood as a discipline.

His teaching has been recognized in the School of Business, the College, and nationally. In 2012, he was awarded the Beta Gamma Sigma Faculty Award for Passion for Business ~ Most Inspirational. In 2016, he was elected by the TCNJ graduating class to serve as College Faculty Commencement Speaker.  In 2017, he was named by Poets & Quants as one of the “Top 40 Undergraduate Business Professors” in the nation.

Professor Michels is the author of articles in the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, the Seton Hall Law Review (winner of the 2010 New Jersey Policy Research Organization Foundation and the Stillman School of Business Bright Idea Award), the Case Western Reserve Law Review, the Rutgers Law Review, and the University of Louisville Law Review as well as the treatise, New Jersey Attorney Ethics (Gann Law Books), which has been cited frequently in opinions of the New Jersey Supreme, the New Jersey Superior Court, and New Jersey ethics committees and boards.

Prior to joining TCNJ, he was a member of the law firm Michels & Hockenjos, L.L.C., where he advised entrepreneurs and innovators who built companies and counseled law firms and served as an expert on ethical issues. Professor Michels received his B.A. with honors from Rutgers College, where he was a Henry Rutgers Scholar and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his J.D. from Rutgers Law School-Newark, where he was Research Editor of the Rutgers Law Review. He held the Curran Chair at Gonzaga Law School, where he was awarded tenure before returning to TCNJ to lead the Center for Innovation and Ethics. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America and is an elected member of the American Law Institute.

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