FCBE faculty awards at annual Fall faculty and staff meeting

For release:  September 15, 2016

Fogelman College recently held the Fall faculty and staff meeting in preparation for the new school year. During the meeting, new faculty were introduced, promotions were announced, and awards were presented. The awards presented included the College Outstanding Paper Awards, the FCBE Research Mentoring Excellence Awards, and the Ph.D. Student Excellence in Teaching Awards.

The winners of the College Outstanding Paper Awards are as follows:

Dr. Joseph Zhang, assistant professor of Accountancy, won first place in the empirical category for his paper entitled, "Firms' Earnings Smoothing, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Valuation," which was published in the Journal of Corporate Finance.

Dean Rajiv Grover with Dr. Joseph Zhang
Dean Rajiv Grover with Dr. Joseph Zhang

Second place was awarded to Dr. Robin Poston, interim chair of the Department of Business Information & Technology, for her co-authored paper entitled, "The Effect of Online Social Value on Satisfaction and Continued Use of Social Media," which was published in the European Journal of Information Systems.

Dean Rajiv Grover with Dr. Robin Poston
Dean Rajiv Grover with Dr. Robin Poston

Winners of the College Outstanding Paper Awards in the Conceptual/Theoretical Category are as follows:

Dr. Mehdi Amini, George Johnson Professor of Marketing and Supply Chain Management, and Dr. Emin Babakus, professor of Marketing and Supply Chain Management, won first place for their paper entitled, "Success Factors in Product Seeding: The Role of Homophily," which was published in the Journal of Retailing.

Second Place was awarded to Dr. Bill Smith, chair of the Department of Economics, for his co-authored paper entitled, "Changes in Risk and Strategic Interaction," which was published in the Journal of Mathematical Economics.

Dean Rajiv Grover with Dr. Bill Smith
Dean Rajiv Grover with Dr. Bill Smith

The winners of the FCBE Research Mentoring Excellence Awards are as follows:

Dr. Mark Sunderman, Morris Fogelman Real Estate Chair of Excellence and professor of Finance, for his paper entitled, "REITs and Market Microstructure: A Comprehensive Analysis of Market Quality," which was published in the Journal of Real Estate Research. Dr. Sunderman co-authored this paper with two former finance Ph.D. students, Dr. Pawan Jain and K. Janean Westby-Gibson.

Dean Rajiv Grover with Dr. Mark Sunderman
Dean Rajiv Grover with Dr. Mark Sunderman

Dr. Albert A. Okunade, professor of Economics, won for his paper entitled "Determinants of U.S. Prescription Drug Utilization Using County Level Data," which was published in Health Economics. The paper was co-authored with Dr. Thierry Nianogo, a recent FCBE Economics doctoral graduate and current research economist at the United Nations, Dr. Weiwei Chen, former FCBE Ph.D. student, and Demba Fofana, current FCBE Ph.D. student.

Dean Rajiv Grover with Dr. Albert Okunade
Dean Rajiv Grover with Dr. Albert Okunade

Mr. Christian Calderon, fifth year doctoral student in Management, received the first place Ph.D. Student Excellence in Teaching Award.

Dean Rajiv Grover with Mr. Christian Calderon
Dean Rajiv Grover with Mr. Christian Calderon

Mr. Vivek Sharma received the second place award for Ph.D. Student Excellence in Teaching Award.

Dean Rajiv Grover with Mr. Vivek Sharma
Dean Rajiv Grover with Mr. Vivek Sharma

These awards are a testament to the exemplary faculty at Fogelman College. They represent countless hours devoted to ensuring that students receive the highest quality possible in their academic experience at the Fogelman College of Business & Economics.