Faculty News & Accomplishments
- Finance Department Lauded by the CFA Institute (November 2013)
NIU's Department of Finance has been welcomed into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program. NIU's Department of Finance curriculum and faculty met rigorous standards to receive this prestigious designation. CFA is a global association that sets the standards for the industry gold standard, the Certified Financial Analyst.
- Social Entrepreneurship Professor makes a Keynote Presentation at Microfinance Summit
(September 26, 2013) Dennis Barsema, NIU Business professor and alumnus, will give a keynote presentation at the Opportunity International Microfinance Summit to be held in Chicago. Attendees include entrepreneurs, business leaders, governors, and young ambassadors all of whom will participate in special sessions to develop ways to help people break out the cycle of poverty and into a cycle of sustainable success. Mr. Barsema created and champions the NIU College of Business Social Entrepreneurship program, which the Boston Globe listed along with Harvard and MIT in their article that featured college level programs in this field. more >>
- Accountancy Professors awarded the AICPA/Mark Chain/FSA Graduate Teaching Innovation Award (September 2013) A team of NIU Accountancy faculty earned the national 2013 Graduate Teaching Innovation award from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. NIU professors Jen Ellis, Mark Riley, and Rebecca Shortridge received the award for their work on incorporating soft skills into the graduate accounting curriculum. Their work was reviewed by a panel of judges at the American Accounting Association Annual Meeting in August. Their project was entitled "Expanding Soft Skills: Incorporating Feedback in an MAS Capstone Course."
- The Weick Research Fellows for 2013-2014 (July 2013)
OM&IS Presidential Teaching Professor Chuck Downing and Associate Professor of Accountancy Mark Riley, respectively, received a Weick Research Fellowship for the 2013-2014 academic year. Drs. Downing and Riley earned their fellowships in large measure due to their impressive and consistent research scholarship over the years along with their current research goals. The Weick Research Fellowship was developed with private donation from Dave and Joanne Weick, both alumni.
- Deloitte Professor of Accounting Receives Prestigious National Accounting Award (May 2013)
The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) named NIU Deloitte Professor of Accounting Dr. Donald Tidrick a recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award. Presented since 1985, the award recognizes full-time college accounting professors who excel as educators and who have achieved national prominence in the accounting profession. Tidrick is honored for his long-standing dedication to innovate in the classroom while remaining committed to the core values of the accounting profession. Within the profession, he is one of two accounting professors to serve since 2004 on the Comptroller General of the United States' Educators Advisory Panel. Tidrick has also served on the Illinois Society of CPAs Ethics Committee as well as the Editorial Board for the Texas Society of CPAs membership publication Today's CPA. more...
- University Recognizes Director of College of Business BELIEF Initiative (April 2013)
NIU's Unity in Diversity committee awards the college's BELIEF Director, Dr. Bill McCoy, the "Commitment to Diversity" designation for 2013. The committee exists to recognize and coordinate the university's diversity events and related programs. This award specifically recognizes groups or individuals who have shown an outstanding acknowledgment, education, and/or celebration relative to diversity at NIU during the 2012-13 academic year. To find out more about Dr. Bill McCoy and the BELIEF Initiative go to www.cob.niu.edu/belief/.
- Illinois CPA Society Recognize Outstanding Faculty (April 2013)
Tim West, Associate Professor of Accountancy for the NIU College of Business, received the Illinois CPA Society Outstanding Educator award for 2013. Each year, the Illinois CPA Society honors educators who make "...continuous and outstanding contributions to the education of accounting students." NIU's Department of Accountancy enjoys a strong history over the years of receiving this honor. Recent honorees from the college's Department of Accountancy include Jim Young (2012), Donald Tidrick (2010) and Pam Smith (2008).
- OM&IS Professor receives the 2013 Deacon Davis Diversity Award (April 15, 2013)
Dr. Nancy Russo, Professor of Operations Management & Information Systems, has been named a recipient of the 2013 Deacon Davis Diversity Award. The award was created to recognize the significant contributions made to the improvement of the status of minorities on campus by members of the university community. In describing her contributions, Russo's nominator said she "demonstrates teaching excellence as she shows her students the types of diversity they may encounter after they graduate and begin their careers." more...
- Two NIU Marketing Professors win Overall Best Paper at National Sales Conference (April 6, 2013)
White Lodging Professor of Sales and Associate Professor of Marketing Robert Peterson and his co-author Assistant Professor of Marketing Mark Groza won the "Pearson Best Paper Award" given to the overall best paper submitted to the 2013 National Conference in Sales Management. Their award-winning paper is entitled, "Encouraging the Sales Force to Leverage Social Media." The National Conference in Sales Management is the nation's preeminent academic sales conference. NCSM brings together sales researchers and educators from around the world.
- NIU Business Dean wins the Prestigious 2013 Wilma Stricklin Award (March 2013)
Dean and Marketing Professor Denise Schoenbachler was selected in 2013 to win the university's prestigious Wilma Stricklin Award. The Wilma Stricklin Award is given to an NIU affiliated individual who has made lasting changes university-wide to improve the NIU campus and make it a better place for women. The Wilma Stricklin Award was named after Dr. Wilma Stricklin, who arrived at NIU in 1976 as the Chair of the Department of Management. During her NIU career, Dr. Stricklin held many leadership roles, including that of Associate Dean of the College of Business as well as Acting Vice President and Provost of the university, among others. Shortly after her arrival on campus, she was asked to chair a committee that was charged with reviewing the Title IX program in intercollegiate athletics. The committee's work culminated in the "Stricklin Report," which established the structure that eventually brought men's and women's athletics together at NIU. Later in her career, Dr. Stricklin chaired a task force that was instrumental in establishing NIU's Office of University Resources for Women (known today as NIU's Women's Resource Center). While serving as Acting Vice President and Provost, Dr. Stricklin oversaw the integration of the then newly-formed College of Law into the overall university. The Presidential Commission on the Status of Women was established in 1981 and elected Dr. Stricklin as its first chair. The impact of Dr. Stricklin's efforts continues to be felt to this very day, with women following the path she blazed to create genuine change and to improve the lives of all women university-wide. The selection of Dr. Stricklin as this award's namesake was the unanimous choice of the Commission members. Dr. Stricklin was described as a member of the pathfinder generation of women at the university. She took it as an obligation to make the way easier for those who follow. Receiving this award is a very high honor; recipients uphold the values and actions of fairness, equality, and support that Dr. Stricklin gave life to all those years ago.
- NIU Associate Professor of Marketing wins Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award (March 2013)
Associate Professor of Marketing Tim Aurand won the university's 2013 Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award. Recipients of this award are among the most outstanding scholars-teachers university-wide. The award honors excellent undergraduate teaching in the university, encourages the improvement of instruction and promotes discussion among university members on the subject of teaching. NIU's College of Business has a strong tradition of winners in this category. This year, congratulations go to Dr. Aurand on a well-deserved win! The Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award is given by the university's Committee on the Improvement of Undergraduate Education.
- OM&IS Chair Earns the 2012 Citation of Excellence, one of the Highest Accolades for Research (February 2013)
Chang Liu, chair of Operations Management & Information Systems, and his co-authors received the 2012 Citation of Excellence designation from Emerald. Their research paper was identified as one of the top 50 management, business, economics articles worldwide of 2008 by the Emerald Management Reviews Judging Panel. The research work is entitled "Determinants of accepting wireless mobile data services in China" and was published in Information & Management. Chang Liu's coauthors are June Lu, Chun-Sheng Yu and Kanliang Wang. Emerald Management Reviews is a vast database of 300,000+ article abstracts from the top 300 management publications worldwide. Receiving a Citation of Excellence is an extraordinary achievement and represents one of the highest accolades that an author can achieve.
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