Schools of Business Faculty Receive Teaching, Research and Service Honors

5.1.2012 Article, General, School News

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – Wake Forest University Schools of Business faculty were honored for outstanding achievements during the annual Faculty Awards Recognition Ceremony held April 27 at the Paul J. Ciener Botanical Gardens in Kernersville.

Vice Dean Charles Iacovou welcomed attendees saying, “You are a very dedicated team of faculty members. Our students are fortunate to have people like you helping them become the best they can be.”

Iacovou began the program by announcing the awarding of tenure to faculty members Kenny Herbst and Sean Hannah. Herbst is a marketing professor whose research examines the effects of branding and trust on consumers. His history with Wake Forest dates back to his student days when he played basketball on back-to-back ACC Championship teams in 1995 and 1996. Hannah is a leadership scholar and retired U.S. Army colonel. He was formerly the director of the Center for the Army Profession and Ethic (CAPE) at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Hannah will serve as a professor of management and the J. Tylee Wilson Chair in Business Ethics at Wake Forest Schools of Business.

Marketing professor Sheri Bridges announced the establishment of the Bob Fly Business and Enterprise Management Marketing Scholarship. Bob Fly is a veteran advertising executive and has served as a marketing instructor at Wake Forest for 29 years.

Colleagues took time to celebrate the contributions of one of the longest serving faculty members of Wake Forest Schools of Business, Dr. Arun Dewasthali. Deswasthali, who was described as “universally loved and adored by alumni,” is retiring after 37 years of service to the University.

The full list of faculty awards was as follows:

Teaching Awards:

Ajay Patel received the Full-time Master of Business Administration (MBA) Teaching Award which recognizes a member of the faculty for outstanding contribution to the education and personal development of Full-time MBA students and is based on a ballot of the graduating Full-time MBA students.

George Aldhizer received the Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) Graduate Class Teaching Award which recognizes a member of the faculty for outstanding contribution to the education of our Master of Science in Accountancy students and is based on a ballot of the graduating MSA students.

Kenny Herbst received the Master of Arts in Management (MA) Program Teaching Award which recognizes a member of the faculty for outstanding contribution to the education and personal development of our MA students and is based on a ballot of the graduating MA students.

Bren Varner received the Senior Class Teaching Award which recognizes a member of the faculty for outstanding contribution to the education and personal development of our undergraduate students and is based on a ballot of all graduating seniors across our undergraduate degree programs.

Julie Wayne received the T.B. Rose Fellowship in Business Award which recognizes a notable innovation or initiative related to instruction in undergraduate or graduate programs. This honor is chosen by a committee of past year’s winners and senior associate dean of faculty. This award is funded by David Cameron Rose.

Arun Dewasthali received the Horace Kelly Alumni Teaching Award which recognizes faculty for outstanding contribution to the education and personal development of our undergraduate / Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) students who graduated 10 years ago and is based on nominations from alumni from the tenth anniversary class.

Sherry Moss and Jon Pinder received the Kienzle Alumni Teaching Award for outstanding contribution to the education and personal development of our MBA / MA students which is based on a vote of alumni three years after graduation.

Dan Fogel, Chuck Kennedy and Ram Baliga were acknowledged for receiving Working Professional Program Teaching Awards earlier in the year. The honor recognizes outstanding contributions to the education and personal development of students in our Winston-Salem and Charlotte Working Professional MBA programs and is based on ballots from the graduating students of the fall 2011 and winter 2012 classes.

Adjunct Teaching Awards went to Jennifer Barksdale (graduate) and Bob Fly (undergraduate).

Research Awards:

Anna Cianci received the Cowan Faculty Research Award which recognizes faculty members who represent the highest standards of scholarship. This honor is chosen by the Schools of Business Research Committee.

George Aldhizer received the High Impact Scholarship Award which recognizes a faculty member for his/her significant influence on business practice or pedagogy. This honor is chosen by the Schools of Business Research Committee.

Service Awards:

Umit Akinc received the Service MVP Award which recognizes outstanding service to the school, above and beyond administrative duties. This honor is based on nominations from the Schools of Business faculty and chosen by the executive team.

Pat Dickson and Ron Thompson received the Spirit Award which recognizes a faculty member who displays good citizenship and positive attitude, and inspires other faculty to strive for high achievement. This honor is chosen by a ballot of the Schools of Business faculty.

Dean of Business Steve Reinemund congratulated all of the award recipients and thanked faculty for their dedication to students.