Professor Neal Ashkanasy has been accorded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the 2017 Australia Day Honours List, in recognition of his services to higher education, psychology and the community.

The award came as a surprise to Prof Ashkanasy, who did not even know that he was nominated. Prof Ashkanasy, a professor at the University of Queensland Business School in St Lucia, was nominated by his PhD student Carolyn Windsor.

The professor has published numerous papers and served on several editorial boards. Prof Ashkanasy is known for his pioneering work in the study of emotion in organisations.

Prof Ashkanasy considers the award as one of his proudest moments and feels excited about the news.

Prof Ashkanasy will personally receive the award at a formal ceremony to be held at Government House in Canberra. The Australia Day Honours ceremony will happen in April 2017.

For a complete list of the awardees in the Australia Day Honours List, go to the Governor-General website.