Faculty honors & awards

Alumni Award for Excellence in International Research

Richard Wokutch

Richard Wokutch, management professor. An expert in international business ethics and corporate social responsibility, Wokutch has received many scholarly awards, including the college’s inaugural Award for Excellence in International Research, and a lifetime achievement award from the social issues in management division of the Academy of Management. He has published books and journal articles on sweatshop labor and the regulation and management of worker safety and health in the global auto industry. Wokutch plans to update and extend his work on the latter subject in fall 2011, when he will visit East Asia on research leave. He will examine how worker safety and health practices have changed in the Japanese auto industry in the 25 years since his study and explore safety and health practices in the Chinese and South Korean auto industries.

University Career Services Award for Excellence in Career Advising

Lorraine Borny

Lorraine Borny, career advisor for the management department. Borny provides career advice to students, coordinates the department’s internship program, and teaches a career development course. Alumni and students have expressed appreciation for Borny’s advising assistance, creativity, communication skills, concern for students, and enthusiasm.

Junior Faculty Award for Excellence in Research

Yong Chen

Yong Chen, assistant professor of finance. Chen’s research interests are in investments, particularly, hedge funds and mutual funds. His work has been published in the Journal of Financial Economics and Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis. In “Derivatives Use and Risk Taking: Evidence from the Hedge Fund Industry,” he counters the popular perception of derivatives as dangerous tools and investments by examining 5,000-plus hedge funds during 1994-2006. Another article, “Measuring the Timing Ability and Performance of Bond Mutual Funds,” is the first, he says, to “comprehensively address spurious inference about timing ability” of bond funds. His co-authored study, “Do Market Timing Hedge Funds Time the Market,” documents for the first time successful timing ability among hedge funds and proposes a new measure for timing market returns and volatility jointly.

Excellence in Diversity

Nichole Phillips

Nichole Phillips, assistant professor of management. Phillips, whose teaching and research interests are in workplace diversity, teaches three courses in the business diversity minor that consider diversity from the individual, organizational, and ethical perspectives. Her classes have been well received by students. Phillips has served as co-advisor to the Pamplin Multicultural Diversity Council and currently serves on the college’s diversity committee and the university’s diversity chairpersons committee. Through campus presentations and committee participation, she has helped educate and encourage students and administrators to take an active role in promoting diversity on campus.

Outstanding Faculty in Doctoral Education

Devi Gnyawali

Devi Gnyawali, associate professor of management. Gnyawali has served on 13 dissertation committees, chairing or co-chairing eight. “Devi is passionate about helping Ph.D. students develop their research skills … He has provided valuable help to numerous students in many concrete ways, such as independent studies, supervision of summer research projects, engaging them in his on-going research projects, and working with them in their research projects,” notes department head Anju Seth. He continues to mentor them after graduation. He has co-authored 15 journal articles and made 29 conference presentations with current and/or former doctoral students. His research with students has received seven awards — six from outside the university.

Excellence in International Programs

Muzaffer (Muzzo) Uysal

Muzaffer (Muzzo) Uysal, professor of hospitality and tourism management. Uysal has led five study-abroad programs to Switzerland, Italy, and Austria. His current international research projects include studies on the American outbound travel market to China, tourist experiences and service innovations in Norway, and a multilateral university consortium to strengthen tourism education, research, and industry outreach. Uysal has also published extensively on international topics in international journals in research collaborations with scholars from other countries.

Excellence in Outreach Award

Linda Tegarden

Linda Tegarden, management associate professor. Tegarden’s specific skills in strategic management and business as well as her leadership capabilities have enhanced many local community programs, particularly the Sojourn Center, which serves terminally ill patients and their caregivers. Tegarden helped design a research project for the center and managed student teams conducting the research. She has helped draft a business plan and a capital campaign plan to raise funds for the center. She also co-chaired annual tennis events to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.

College Certificates of Teaching Excellence and Warren L. Holtzman Outstanding Educators

  • Mitchell Oler, assistant professor, accounting and information systems
  • Barbara Hoopes, associate professor, business and information technology
  • Carl Ullrich, assistant professor, finance
  • Vince Magnini, assistant professor, hospitality and tourism management
  • Terry Cobb, associate professor, management
  • Tom Reilly, instructor, marketing

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