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  • The Bill and Paula LeRoy Professor of Social Entrepreneurship (December 2012)
    Christine Mooney, Assistant Professor in the Department of Management, has been named the Bill and Paula LeRoy Professor of Social Entrepreneurship. NIU College of Business alumnus Bill LeRoy and NIU College of Education alumnus Paula LeRoy support NIU's College of Business, its faculty, and social entrepreneurship program and have generously funded this term professorship in the Department of Management.

  • Assistant Finance Professor earns 2012 JMAR Best Paper Award (November 2012)
    Sukesh Patro, Assistant Professor of Finance, and his co-authors received the 2012 best paper award from the Journal of Management Accounting Research (JMAR). The JMAR Best Paper Award is presented annually to the JMAR paper deemed to have the greatest potential impact on management accounting research; papers published within the last three years are eligible. Patro's co-authored research was published in 2010 and is entitled "Nonfinancial Performance Measures and Physician Compensation."

  • Assistant Management Professor invited to keynote HR conferences in the Netherlands (November 2012)
    NIU Assistant Professor of Management Don Kluemper -- whose research on Facebook and future job success received worldwide media coverage in early 2012 -- was invited to Amsterdam to give two research talks to both academics and human resource practitioners. The first presentation focused on self- and other-rated personality in employment selection and served as the keynote presentation to academics at the Dutch-Flemish Network for Recruitment and Selection Research. The second presentation focused on social network screening and was the keynote presentation attended by both academics and practitioners at a seminar entitled "Modern Assessment 2012: Co-creation in the cloud?" hosted by the Dutch Foundation for Psychological Aptitude-Testing Apparatus.

  • 2012 Innovation in Education Designation (September 2012)
    Rob Peterson, Whitelodging Professor of Sales and Associate Professor in the Department of Marketing, won the 2012 Innovation in Education designation from the Mid American Innovation in Education Competition. His first-place project is entitled: "Building Student Networks with LinkedIn: The Potential for Alumni Connections, Internships, and Jobs."

  • Named Professorship (September 2012)
    Tim West, Associate Professor in the Department of Accountancy, has been named the Grant Thornton Professor of Accountancy. Grant Thornton partners teamed up to fund this professorship.

  • Department of Accountancy awards over $460,000 in merit-based scholarships (September 2012)
    At the beginning of the Fall 2012 semester, the college's Department of Accountancy held its 40th annual awards banquet for outstanding seniors and graduate students. Over 430 people attended the awards program -- the longest running of its kind on the NIU campus. This year, the Department awarded over $460,000 in merit-based financial support to almost 200 students. More than 80 firms, alumni, and friends of the Department participated as scholarship sponsors. The Department of Accountancy's scholarship initiative has seen tremendous growth in recent years, helping the Department towards its ultimate goal of awarding a scholarship to every exceptional NIU accountancy student. The Department of Accountancy and the NIU College of Business are grateful to all the sponsors and students for their commitment to academic excellence in NIU's accountancy program. For more information on how to assist the Department of Accountancy with these scholarships, please contact Accountancy Chair and Crowe Horwath Professor in Accountancy Jim Young at jyoung@niu.edu.

  • Deloitte Professor in Accounting named national outstanding faculty advisor (May 2012)
    NIU accountancy faculty member Don Tidrick was selected by Beta Alpha Psi as one of five national outstanding faculty advisors. Tidrick is the Deloitte Professor in Accounting within the college's Department of Accountancy. Beta Alpha Psi is a prestigious international honorary organization for financial information professionals with nearly 300 collegiate chapters.

  • NIU Business Dean elected to international honor society Board of Governors (May 2012)
    Denise Schoenbachler, Dean of the NIU College of Business, was elected to the Board of Governors for the international honor society Beta Gamma Sigma. Dean of the NIU College of Business since 2006, Schoenbachler's academic and professional affiliations also include the AACSB Initial Accreditation Committee, Women Administrators in Management Education, AASCU Affinity Group and the National Association of Professional Women. Her newly-appointed tenure on the Beta Gamma Sigma board begins July 1, 2012. Now in its Centennial year during 2012-2013, Beta Gamma Sigma continues to serve business programs accredited by AACSB International, has established over 500 collegiate chapters on six continents, and has inducted more than 690,000 outstanding students into membership.

  • Illinois CPA Society Outstanding Educator Designation (April 2012)
    Jim Young, chair of the Department of Accountancy and the Crowe Horwath Professor of Accountancy, received the prestigious 2012 Illinois CPA Society Outstanding Educator award. 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. Past honorees in this decade from the college's Department of Accountancy include Donald Tidrick (2010) and Pam Smith (2008).

  • Best paper designation awarded for research on cultural diversity in services marketing (April 2012)
    Assistant Professor of Marketing Mark Rosenbaum and NIU sociology graduate Ioana Moraru won the "2012 MEA Best Paper" award at the Marketing Educators' Association 2012 annual conference. Their paper -- "Bringing Cultural Diversity into a Service Marketing Course" -- provides service marketing and retailing educators with a cultural diversity exercise to help students understand the full set of implications surrounding not only the dynamics of the retailer-customer service exchange but as importantly how customer-to-customer perceptions impact service quality in a retail setting. Their work "...offers educators an easy-to-implement, active learning exercise that shows students how many consumers actually fail to obtain quality service in the marketplace." Their co-conducted research illustrates again the practice of NIU professors and students collaborating together on leading projects. Additionally, their research topic was inspired by Rosenbaum's role on the university's Multicultural Curriculum Transformation Committee.

  • Management professor earns Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award (Spring 2012)
    Management professor Terry Bishop made the short list of university professors honored for scholarly and/or teaching excellence. Bishop was one of three NIU professors to receive the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award. Bishop's expertise and interest are in human resource management. He coordinates the HR academic area in the college's Department of Management and teaches courses in human resource planning and staffing, training and development course in the undergraduate program and corporate social responsibility and management in the evening and Executive MBA programs. As faculty advisor for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), he has led the NIU SHRM chapter to numerous awards over the last decade, and in 2000, he was recognized as the SHRM National Advisor of the Year. Additionally, Bishop played a key role in working with colleagues to develop a college-level academic initiative, the BELIEF initiative, which integrates ethics across the business curriculum and has ranked among the very best business ethics education in the country.

  • Finance professor named a 2012 Presidential Teaching Professor (Spring 2012)
    Finance professor James Johnson earned the 2012 Presidential Teaching Professor designation in recognition for his commitment to outstanding teaching. The Presidential Teaching Professor designation is an annual and highly prestigious award that recognizes university faculty who excel in the field of teaching. During his tenure at NIU, Johnson has taught at all levels in the college from the undergraduate level, the MBA level, to the Experiential Learning Center where he served as a faculty coach. In that capacity, Johnson guided student teams that worked to solve real business issues experienced in actual companies. Johnson's other awards for outstanding teaching include the Golden Apple Teaching Award for the Executive MBA and Professional MBA programs which he has received multiple times over the years.

  • Endowed scholarship created in name of current sales professor (Spring 2012)
    An anonymous donor created an endowed scholarship to embody the spirit and character of Rick Ridnour, Enterprise Rent-A-Car Professor of Sales. Among the requirements applicants must fulfill, scholarship candidates must portray two essential values: citizenship and service. Their behavior should demonstrate a caring and conscientious approach toward fellow students and faculty. Some examples include showing a deep regard and respect toward others, and demonstrating a high degree of professionalism, integrity, leadership, and ethical values.

  • NIU Marketing Associate Professor Earns White Lodging Professorship (Spring 2012)
    Robert Peterson, in the college's Department of Marketing, was named the White Lodging Professor of Professional Sales. Peterson is a multiple award-winning professor who has been recognized for his contributions to marketing and sales education. His awards include, among others: American Marketing Association (AMA) Innovative Teacher Award (2002); Innovative Sales Educator Award (2006) from the University Sales Center Alliance; Hormel Meritorious Teaching Award (2010) from the Marketing Management Association; and, Excellence in Teaching Award (2011) from the Sales Special Interest Group of the AMA. The White Lodging Professorship supports the advancement of research, teaching and program development in the field of professional sales. White Lodging is a fully integrated hotel ownership, development and operations company with a portfolio that consists of over 158 hotels in 20 states.

  • Associate marketing professor named editor-in-chief of the Journal of Research in Interactive Marketing (January 2012)
    In January 2012, the NIU College of Business associate professor of interactive marketing Debra Zahay took on the post of editor-in-chief of the Journal of Research in Interactive Marketing. Zahay holds a doctorate in marketing from the University of Illinois, a master of management from Northwestern University, a juris doctor from Loyola University and an undergraduate degree from Washington University. Zahay's research focus explores how firms can facilitate customer relationships, particularly using customer information. Some current and recent research topics include customer information management for competitive advantage, information use in new product development and particularly crowd-sourcing, data warehousing in CRM environments, email personalization and other aspects of interactive marketing. Some of the journals in which Zahay has been published include Journal of Product Innovation Management, Decision Sciences, Industrial Marketing Management, Journal of Advertising Research, Journal of Business and Industrial Marketing, Journal of Interactive Marketing, Interactive Marketing, Journal of Database Marketing, and in the working paper series for the Marketing Science Institute. Additionally, she has presented her work at many academic and practitioner conferences. Prior teaching experiences include positions at North Carolina State University and DePaul University, respectively. Since 1993, Zahay has been president of a database and relationship management consulting firm that she founded and where she gained extensive experience helping companies identify and develop customer relationships. Her prior business experience includes senior marketing management responsibilities at MCI Telecommunications and Dun & Bradstreet. Additionally, Zahay has also served as a vice president on the Executive Board of the Chicago American Marketing Association and currently serves on the Board of the Chicago Association of Direct Marketing.

  • Goodwill and NIU Business partnership to provide free tax services for local low-income residents (Spring 2012)
    Goodwill Industries announced a partnership with the NIU College of Business and the DeKalb County CA$H (Creating Assets, Savings and Hope) Coalition that will allow low-income residents to have their taxes prepared free of charge by more than 30 NIU College of Business accountancy students who have volunteered to participate. The free tax service will be available from noon to 8 p.m. Thursdays starting Jan. 26 at the Goodwill store located at 1037 S. Annie Glidden Road. DeKalb area residents earning less than $25,000 a year and families with an income less than $50,000 qualify for the service. "We have a situation where we have accounting students who want the experience with tax preparation to hone their skills, to develop good client service skills, to develop communication skills and their critical thinking skills," said Denise Schoenbachler, dean of the NIU College of Business. "And we have a community with need. It's a beautiful partnership for us."