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Faculty Bragging Rights: Hall of Famers, Fellowships, and Achievement Awards

As the fall semester nears an end, faculty at the McCombs School of Business continue to achieve prestigious accolades. In this installment of Bragging Rights, we are proud to feature faculty awarded for their research and contributions to business and education.

Michael Clement

Clement Named to PhD Project Hall of Fame

The PhD Project, an award-winning program to increase diversity in management, has inducted Michael Clement, KPMG Centennial Professor of Accounting, into the PhD Project Hall of Fame. Created in 2011, the PhD Project Hall of Fame recognizes inspirational people committed to the project who have impacted the project's network of minority business doctoral students and faculty. "My involvement in the PhD Project has been one of the more rewarding experiences of my career. I have seen people from around the country go from being interested in applying to a doctoral program; to applying to a program; to entering and finishing a program; to becoming a professor," Clement says. "I have enjoyed taking that journey with them."

Laura Starks

Starks Honored for Corporate Governance Research

Drexel University's LeBow College of Business Center for Corporate Governance has selected Dean Ad Interim Laura Starks as its 2016 Academic Conference honoree. At the ninth annual Academic Conference on Corporate Governance in April 2016, Starks will be the keynote speaker and receive the 2016 Corporate Governance Award for outstanding contribution to research in corporate governance.

Passovoy Wins Sustainability Course Development and PLUS Award

Dennis PassovoyThe Center for the Skills & Experience Flags, the Sanger Learning Center, and the Office of Sustainability have named Management Lecturer Dennis Passovoy as a winner of the 2014-2015 Sustainability Course Development and PLUS (Peer-Led Undergraduate Studying) Award. Passovoy's $2,500 PLUS Conversion award allows him to convert his MAN 366P: Management Practicum course to a PLUS model where class-specific, weekly study groups are offered to students enrolled in supported sections of the course. According to the list of 2014-2015 winners, Passovoy's course challenges students to design and develop socially responsible business models. "When I found out I had been awarded the PLUS Conversion Award, I was pretty excited. This award allowed me to have a previous student from my MAN 366P Social Entrepreneurship course act as a consultant to a select group of this semester's students," Passovoy says. "This has proved to be very valuable. This is an awesome course if you happen to be an undergrad looking for an outlet for your social enterprise or entrepreneurship passions."

Faculty Among Provost's Teaching Fellows

Sandy LeedsSandy Leeds, distinguished senior lecturer of finance, and Professor Robert Prentice, director of the Business Honors Program and department chair of Business, Government & Society, have been chosen to be a part of the 2015 class of Provost's Teaching Fellows within Texas Learning Sciences, a center at The University of Texas at Austin dedicated to creating transformative learning experiences with instructors and other academic entities. As one of 14 teaching fellows, Leeds will receive $25,000 worth of grants to pursue specific projects to improve teaching and learning in finance. As one of six senior teaching fellows, Prentice will take on a variety of leadership roles for two years, such as leading faculty learning communities, reviewing grants to support curricular and pedagogical innovation, and participating in operational governance for Learning Sciences. "As instructors, all we can really do for our students is to teach them the fundamental ideas, get them up to speed with the current thinking in the field, and train them how to educate themselves in the future." Leeds says on his faculty innovators page. "I think giving us the ability, time, and resources to work on a project like this — what a great gift. I hope to do something with it that gives us good returns."

Anitesh Barua

Barua Selected as Information Systems Society Distinguished Fellow

IROM Professor Anitesh Barua was selected as a distinguished fellow of the Information Systems Society. According to the society's website, "the primary aim of the ISS Distinguished Fellow Award is to recognize individuals who have made outstanding intellectual contributions to the information systems discipline." Barua joins the ranks of 22 fellows, including IROM Professor Andrew Whinston.

Prentice Earns Prestigious Career Achievement Award

Robert PrenticeAt the Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB) annual conference in August, Professor Robert Prentice was awarded the Distinguished Career Achievement Award. Prentice is only the third person to receive the award since 2008. "In 1984 I received the Distinguished Junior Faculty Award and I am pleased that I managed to stay alive during the 31 additional years that it took me to win the Distinguished Senior Faculty Award," said Prentice in a press release. "Although this is probably the Academy's way of telling me that I am old and it is time to retire, I am honored and grateful nonetheless. I thank McCombs and UT for allowing me to have such a long career." Prentice is also the faculty director and founder of Ethics Unwrapped, an online learning library that includes 48 videos and teaching notes used to promote ethics education at more than 500 colleges around the world.

Career Research Excellence Award

Andrew WhinstonIROM Professor Andrew Whinston has received the $10,000 Career Research Excellence Award from University Co-Op. The award recognizes Whinston for his pioneering research in information systems and development of a new academic discipline. According to the nomination guidelines, this award is given to "a faculty member or staff researcher who has maintained a superior research program across many years." "I am, of course, very honored by the award, but my research achievements reflect the many past and present faculty and Ph.D. students who collaborate in the Center for Research in Electronic Commerce," Whinston says. "Since technology is rapidly changing, the research approaches and tools have moved to the areas of machine learning and language processing of very large data bases found in marketing and finance. Relatively new companies such as Facebook, Google, and Amazon are changing the way we socialize and work, so the potential for research looks very bright for the future."


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