Category Archives: Faculty Spotlight

Michigan Tech School of Business and Economics Faculty and Alums Receive the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce Spark Plug Award

Each year the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce presents awards in the following categories:

  • Community development,
  • Growth,
  • Customer Service/Quality/Teamwork,
  • Transformation/Innovation
  • Young Professional of the Year, and
  • Person/Project of the Year

The 2016 SparkPlug Award for Project of the Year was awarded to Leadership Keweenaw, with a mission to challenges participants to develop their leadership skills through networking, education, exciting and fun activities and community involvement. The vision: Leadership improves the quality of life for Keweenaw residents and guests via its graduates’ active, consistent practice of inclusive leadership.  To build our leadership talent to positively impact our economy, environment, and society.

This award is provided to a high impact project that is notable within the community and will provide lasting benefits to businesses and community member.  Leadership Keweenaw was one of eight nominations for the Project of the Year category.

Dana M. Johnson, Ph.D., SBE faculty and alum and chair of the steering committee for Leadership Keweenaw, along with Marilyn Clark, MTEC SmartZone CEO and SBE alum, were two of the nine team members to receive this award for their work in the design, development, and presentation of the leadership program.  The team has been working on the project since summer 2015, with the first class beginning in August 2016 with a planned graduation of 2017.

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SBE 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year

It is with great pleasure to announce the School of Business and Economics 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year has been awarded to Senior Lecturer, Roger Woods!  He is a second-time winner of this award, he was also selected as the 2013-2014 recipient!

Every spring fourth-year students from the School of Business and Economics nominate three faculty members they believe are deserving of this award.  The results from that survey are tallied, and the faculty members with the most nominations move on to the second round.  The second survey goes out to the entire SBE student body.  This time students are asked to select one faculty member they feel should be recognized as Teacher of the Year and also have the opportunity to share comments on why that individual is deserving.

Our students had wonderful things to say about Roger, it is clear he is making a difference inside and outside his classroom. Congratulations to Roger!

 

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Distinguished Teaching Award Finalists Announced

The William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning seeks input for its annual Distinguished Teaching Awards, which recognize outstanding contributions to the instructional mission of the University.

Based on more than 50,000 student ratings of instruction responses, ten finalists have been identified for the 2017 awards. The selection committee is soliciting comments from students, staff, faculty and alumni to aid in deliberation.

This year’s finalists are:

Associate Professor / Professor Category

  • Mari Buche (SBE), associate professor
  • Yu Cai (SoT), associate professor
  • Mary Carol Friedrich (VPA), professor
  • Ann Maclean (SFRES), professor
  • Scott Miers (MEEM), associate professor

Assistant Professor / Lecturer / Professor of Practice Category

  • Todd Arney (SoT), lecturer
  • Sheila Milligan (SBE), senior lecturer
  • Brigitte Morin (Bio Sci), lecturer
  • Elizabeth Reed (Math), senior lecturer
  • Jeffrey Wall (SBE), assistant professor

Comments on the nominees are due by Monday, March 20 and can be completed online.

The process for determining the Distinguished Teaching Award recipients from this list of finalists also involves the additional surveying of their spring classes. The selection committee makes the final determination of the award recipients. The 2017 Distinguished Teaching Awards will be formally announced in May.

For more information, contact Nancy Seely at 906-487-1896.

– William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning, Tech Today – January 23, 2017


Brown Bag Lunch Seminar

The School of Business and Economics will host its first brown bag lunch research seminar of the semester on Thursday, September 15 at 12:00pm in Academic Office Building 101.  Dr. Tom Merz and Professor Russ Louks will present their exciting new study.

Title: Scorecasting: A Laboratory Experiment of the Framing Effect on Risky and Safe Choices in a Strictly Competitive, Repeatedly Played 2X2 Game.

The experiment consists of two players (subjects) playing repeated rounds of a “simple” game involving binary choices for each player.  The game is one of pure conflict – constant sum, with each round having only one winner.  Players choose simultaneously – without knowledge of the choice of his or her opponent.  The stage game has a unique Nash equilibrium in mixed strategy (the minimax solution).  With two players each making one of two choices, each round has four possible choice combinations.  Once each player makes a choice, the winner of a round is determined by a random draw, with the odds of winning being dependent on the choice combination.

 

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Dr. Emanuel Xavier-Oliveira Featured Across the Web

Dr. Emanuel Xavier-Oliveira (SBE) and other professors of economics from universities such as Purdue and Yale were asked by the financial web site WalletHub to comment on growth strategies that state economies can adopt in order to improve or return to full capacity. It was part of a WalletHub report just released on the states with the best and worst economies. News of the report has been picked up by Forbes and CBS News, among others.

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