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U of M's Outstanding Business Faculty Earn Palmer Professorships
For release: September 21, 2007
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The University of Memphis has named three faculty members as Suzanne Downs Palmer Professors for academic year 2007-08. The awards honor outstanding achievement in research, teaching, scholarship, service, community outreach, and fundraising.

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

Irvin Tankersley, associate professor of business law and legal environment in the School of Accountancy, was honored in the teaching category.  He was named Honors Program Professor of the Year and developed a new course for the University Honors Forum, “The Supreme Court of the United States: What It Is and What It Does.” Tankersley received outstanding commendations from Fogelman College alumni about the impact of his teaching.

Charles Pierce, associate professor of management, was recognized in the research category. He published one B level, three A level, and two A+ level journal articles over the past three years. His Journal of Applied Psychology article will be included in an upcoming book on research methodology. Pierce was elected to a five-year term on the executive committee of the Research Methods Division of the Academy of Management.

Mehdi Amini, professor of marketing and supply chain management, received the award in the service category. He is co-director of the Enterprise Simulation and Optimization Lab (eSOL) and has been principal investigator of grant proposals totaling $1.75 million. Amini has combined significant outreach efforts and sponsored projects to build a high-quality research and publication program. He also serves as associate director of the FedEx Center for Supply Chain Management.

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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