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Outstanding Business Faculty Earn Palmer Professorships
For release: Aug. 24, 2006
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The University of Memphis has named nine faculty members as 2006 Suzanne Downs Palmer Professors. The awards honor outstanding achievement in research, teaching, scholarship, service, community outreach and fundraising.

They are presented to tenured or tenure-track faculty in the Fogelman College of Business & Economics. This is the fifth year for the awards, which are given in the amounts of $7,500 (assistant professor), $10,000 (associate professor) and $12,500 (professor).

Recipients in the teaching category are Dr. Nancy Mardis, associate professor of accountancy; Dr. Phillip Kolbe, associate professor of finance, insurance and real estate; and Dr. Ronald Wilkes, assistant professor of management information systems.

Honored in the research category are Dr. Emin Babakus, professor of marketing and supply chain management; Dr. Christine Jiang, professor of finance, insurance and real estate; Dr. Satish Mehra, professor of marketing and supply chain management; and Dr. Tom Stafford, associate professor of management information systems.

Recognized in the service category are Dr. Cyril Chang, professor of economics, and Dr. Craig Langstraat, professor of accountancy.

Mardis has also been nominated for the Thomas H. Briggs Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award and was a 2005 recipient of the Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award. She has been recognized for her work with the University's academic orientation course (ACAD).

Kolbe is a recipient of the Briggs Teaching Award, the Mortgage Bankers of America Teaching Award, and a two-time recipient of the Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award.

Wilkes is recognized as one of the top instructors in the MIS Department and for his use of technology for classroom innovation in teaching.

Babakus has published 14 articles since 2003 and has received $15,000 in internal research grants. He received a research award from Emerald Publishing.

Jiang has published six articles since 2003 and received a first place award in 2004 for Fogelman College Best Paper in the empirical category.

Mehra has published eight articles since 2003 and was nominated to be a fellow of the Decision Sciences Institute. He serves on the editorial review boards of several leading journals in decision sciences.

Stafford has published nine articles since 2003 and received the best paper award from the American Academy of Advertising.

Chang is director of the Methodist Le Bonheur Center for Health Care Economics and is principal investigator for numerous health care-related grants. He is an advisory committee member of the Child Health Care Data Consortium.

Langstraat has served as president of the U of M Faculty Senate and has served on numerous University committees.

The professorships were established by a $400,000 gift to the Fogelman College by U of M alumnus Dan Palmer in memory of his late wife and in appreciation for his education at the University of Memphis.

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