This article first appeared in the UConn Business magazine, Volume 1, Issue 1 (Summer 2009)
The Ackerman Scholar award recognizes significant and continuing all round academic productivity among the faculty of
the School. It is awarded to faculty who are not already supported by Chair or Professorship appointments.
The award is supported by the Ackerman Fund, the School and the departments. The purpose of the Ackerman Fund is to “grant a monetary reward to faculty members who have excelled in classroom teaching, curriculum development, research, outreach to business and state agencies.”
Appointed for the next two years (2000-10 and 2010-11):
Sudip Bhattacharjee, OPIM
John Knopf, Finance
Manuel Nunez, OPIM
Zeki Simsek, Management
Mike Willenborg, Accounting
Continuing in their second year:
Robert Bird, Business Law
Robert Day, OPIM
Lucy Gilson, Management
Girish Punj, Marketing
Annual Faculty Awards:
Sulin Ba, Jan Stallaert, Zhongju Zhang, “Online Price Dispersion: A Game Theoretic Perspective and Empirical Evidence,” Information Systems Research.
Best Paper Honorable Mentions:
Joseph Golec, Shantaram Hegde, “Pharmaceutical R&D Spending and Threats of Price Regulation, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis (John A.Vernon, co-author).
Manuel Nunez, Robert Garfinkel, “Efficient Short Term Allocation and Reallocation of Patients to Floors of a Hospital During Demand Surges, Operations Research (Steven Thompson and Matthew D. Dean, co-authors).
Michael Willenborg, “Does Auditor Reputation Matter? The Case of KPMG Germany and ComROAD AG, Journal of Accounting Research (Joseph Weber and Jieying Zhang, co-authors).
Dmitry Zhdanov, “Designing Intelligent Software Agents for Auctions with Limited Information Feedback,” Information Systems Research (Gediminas Adomavicius and Alok Gupta, co-authors).
Co-winners Jim Marsden and Jack Veiga
Tri-winners Mike Willenborg, Gene Salorio and Gary Powell
Co-winners Gene Salorio and Zeki Simsek
Co-winners Girish Punj and Mary Caravella
On May 5, Dr. Kathleen Dechant, Management Department, delivered a keynote address at the Female Entrepreneurship Program sponsored by the United Emirates Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Dr. Dechant’s participation in the program was the first initiative undertaken between the business schools of United Arab Emirates University and the University of Connecticut under its recently signed Memorandum of Understanding encouraging joint projects, research and teaching among faculty.
In an analysis of 26 core finance journals covering 17,601 authors and 28,158 papers published over 1959-2008, Shantaram Hegde, Professor of Finance and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, was ranked at #162 (with 24 appearances in those journals); the other two Finance colleagues ranked are: Tom O’Brien at #267 (19 appearances) and Chinmoy Ghosh at #628 (13 appearances). In another analysis of seven leading finance journals covering 8,975 authors and 13,305 papers published over 1959-2008, Shantaram Hegde was ranked at #375 (with 10 appearances in those journals); the other Finance Department colleague ranked is Tom O’Brien at #900 (6 appearances).
Kevin McEvoy, Instructor-in-Residence in the UConn School of Business Marketing Department, Stamford Campus, has been awarded the 2009- 2010 University of Connecticut Teaching Scholar Award. This is the first year that the Institute for Teaching and Learning has given a Teaching Scholar Award for exemplary teaching by an in-residence or non-tenured faculty member. Also, on Friday, December 12, 2008, Kevin McEvoy was awarded the Delta Pi Epsilon Best Conference Presentation for 2008. His paper, entitled “First-Year Workplace Learning Experiences of New MBA Marketing Graduates”, was presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, 2008. The paper considers experiential learning in the profession by Marketing MBAs. All award nominations were peer reviewed.
School of Business Dean P. Christopher Earley was recently elected as a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (APS). Fellow status is awarded to APS members who have made sustained outstanding contributions to the science of psychology in the areas of research, teaching, and/or application. Previously known as the American Psychological Society, the APS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of scientific psychology and its representation at the national and international level. The Association’s mission is to promote, protect, and advance the interests of scientifically oriented psychology in research, application, teaching, and the improvement of human welfare. APS has over 20,000 members and includes the nation’s leading psychological scientists and academics, clinicians, researchers, teachers, and administrators. APS membership includes all fields of Psychology as well as collateral fields such as Business, Sociology, and Communications. There are approximately 2,000 APS Fellows out of the total membership.
Dr. Katharine Pancak, Professor in Residence of Finance and Real Estate, and Dr. Richard Watnick, Associate Professor of Mathematics, will receive the the 2009 UConn Stamford Campus Faculty Recognition award. This faculty award
recognizes the “sustained outstanding achievements in teaching, research and/or services benefiting the Stamford Campus.” The 2009 UConn Stamford Campus Faculty Recognition Award, Staff Recognition Award and Town and Gown Award will be presented on Wednesday, August 26th, at the Town Hall Meeting, in the Gen Re Auditorium, at 11 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
Professor Wayne Bragg was selected as the 2009 Executive MBA Outstanding Professor by the Executive MBA Class of 2009. This annual award, voted by the graduating EMBA class, recognizes EMBA professors who have outstanding teaching skills and concern for students’ learning. This is the second year in a row, and fourth overall, that Wayne has been voted the Outstanding Professor by the EMBA students.
High school seniors were awarded merit scholarships recognizing academic excellence, contributions to school and community, and potential for continued achievement at the Day of Pride and Nutmeg Scholars Spring Banquet, held
on Tuesday, March 3. Seanice Austin, Director of the Office of Diversity Initiatives, and Dr. Richard Kochanek, Emeritus Professor in the Accounting Department, were recognized by the students as mentors.
Stanley F. Biggs, Professor of Accounting, received the Outstanding Educator Award in the Auditing section of the American Accounting Association. This award recognizes outstanding contributions to audit education in form of exemplary contributions in research or teaching over a sustained period of time.
Dr. Murphy Sewall, Professor of Marketing, has been elected to the University Senate for a three-year term beginning July 1, 2009.