France Belanger, R.B. Pamplin Professor of Accounting and Information Systems and Tom and Daisy Byrd Senior Faculty Fellow, received the university's 2015 Alumni Award for Excellence in Research.
Belanger’s research focuses on digital interactions between individuals, businesses, and government and on related security and privacy issues. As a result of her work, Belanger developed an interest in finding ways to help people better protect their digital privacy. Most recently, she co-developed a smartphone app called Privacy Helper for privacy education and training.
Lance Matheson associate professor of business information technology, received the university’s 2015 Alumni Award for Excellence in International Education.
Matheson led his first study-aboard program to Freiburg, Germany, in 2000. Since then, he has traveled on an additional 24 study-abroad programs, mostly as the faculty leader or co-leader. From 2007 to 2009, he was Pamplin's first director of international programs. In addition to leading study-abroad programs, Matheson taught in Virginia Tech’s master of information technology program at the S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research in India from 2005 to 2008. In 2008, he was part of a USAID/HED grant to select Haitian students to attend Virginia Tech, and he traveled to Haiti to facilitate this exchange.
Raman Kumar, the R.V. and A.F. Oliver Professor of Investment Management, received the university’s 2015 William E. Wine Award.
The William E. Wine Achievement Award was established in 1957 by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association in memory of William E. Wine, a former rector of the Board of Visitors and alumni association president, to recognize teaching excellence. Kumar teaches courses in investments, derivative securities, managerial economics, research methods, and international finance in the undergraduate, M.B.A., and Ph.D. programs.
Kumar’s consistently impressive evaluations and enthusiastic compliments from students demonstrate that he is “an exceptional teacher, an outstanding mentor, and a leader in making curricular contributions to our teaching mission,” wrote finance department head Vijay Singal.
M. Joseph Sirgy
M. Joseph Sirgy, professor of marketing, has been named as the Virginia Tech Real Estate Professor by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
Beginning in 1984, in an effort to promote teaching and scholarship in the field of real estate, several donors, led by alumnus John W. Bates Jr., donated to the Pamplin College of Business to establish what is now known as the Real Estate Professorship. The professorship recognizes teaching and research excellence. Sirgy, who joined Virginia Tech in 1979, has a distinguished record of research in the areas of quality-of-life studies and business ethics. He has published more than 200 articles, scholarly books and monographs, and book chapters. He has co-authored nine textbooks. Over the past 15 years, Sirgy has included the real estate business and its marketing and contribution to consumer quality of life in his research.
Greg Jenkins, professor of accounting and information systems, has been named the William S. Gay Senior Faculty Fellow by Virginia Tech President Timothy D. Sands and Senior Vice President and Provost Mark G. McNamee. The William S. Gay Senior Faculty Fellowship in Accounting and Information Systems was established by alumni and friends of William S. Gay, who was a faculty member in the Department of Accounting from 1929 until his retirement in 1969. The fellowship recognizes teaching and research excellence, and recipients retain the fellowship for a three-year period. Jenkins also holds the Curling Faculty Fellowship in Accounting and Information Systems.
His research focuses on various aspects of auditing, including auditor independence, use of forensics by audit teams, and the impact of fatigue on audit effectiveness. Jenkins is highly regarded for his teaching and has led research task forces of the American Accounting Association.
Weiguo “Patrick” Fan
Weiguo “Patrick” Fan, professor of accounting and information systems and director of the Center for Business Intelligence and Analytics, was recently named L. Mahlon Harrell Senior Faculty Fellow in Accounting and Information Systems by Virginia Tech President Timothy D. Sands and Senior Vice President and Provost Mark G. McNamee. The L. Mahlon Harrell Senior Faculty Fellowship in Accounting and Information Systems was established by alumni and friends to honor Harrell, who was a faculty member in the Department of Accounting from 1931 until his retirement in 1971. The fellowship recognizes teaching and research excellence and recipients retain the fellowship for a three-year period.
Fan focuses on the design and development of new information technologies to enhance business information management and decision making. These technologies include information retrieval, data mining, text and web mining, and business intelligence techniques. He has been co-principal investigator on eight research grants, including five from the National Science Foundation.
Sudip Bhattacharjee, associate professor of accounting and information systems, has been reappointed as the Konrad W. Kubin Junior Faculty by Virginia Tech President Timothy D. Sands and Senior Vice President and Provost Mark G. McNamee.
The Konrad W. Kubin Junior Faculty Fellowship in Accounting and Information Systems was established by alumni and friends of Konrad W. Kubin, a faculty member in the Department of Accounting and Information Systems from 1972 to 2003. Fellows retain the fellowship for a three-year period but can be reappointed. Bhattachajee has held this appointment since 2009. Bhattacharjee teaches in the National Capital Region and is active in his department's Ph.D. program. He has served on seven Ph.D. committees and has chaired four Ph.D. dissertations since 2010. He has published 14 journal articles, five of which are in the top academic accounting journals.
Rajesh Bagchi, associate professor of marketing, was recently named Richard E. Sorensen Junior Faculty Fellow by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
The Richard E. Sorensen Junior Faculty Fellowship was established in 2004, through a gift from Ferguson Enterprises, in recognition of Sorensen's many contributions as dean of the Pamplin College of Business and the long-standing relationship of the college with Ferguson Enterprises. The fellowship recognizes teaching and research excellence. Recipients retain the appointment for a three-year period. Bagchi joined the Virginia Tech faculty in 2008 and was promoted to associate professor in 2012. In just seven years, Bagchi has assembled a notable record of research on consumer processing of numerical information in decision making.
Bagchi has assembled a notable record of research on consumer processing of numerical information in decision making. He received a Young Scholar award from the Marketing Science Institute in 2013. His research has been covered in newspaper and magazine stories and on radio programs. He received a college Teaching Excellence Award in 2014.
David Townsend, assistant professor of management, has been named the Union Junior Faculty Fellow in Entrepreneurship.
The Union Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship was established in 2014 to expand Union’s relationship with Virginia Tech and to support the Pamplin College of Business and what is now the Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Townsend does research that builds on theories of human agency to explore the acquisition and use of resources and their impact on the survival and performance of technology-based and social ventures. He has taught courses in the entrepreneurship area and has been active in the Innovate living/learning program.