Faculty Awards and Recognition
Faculty Members Recognized at Annual Honors Awards Ceremony on May 4, 2013
Jim McKim - Wells Fargo Excellence in Teaching Award
Clarence Coleman and Steve Frankforter - Springs Industries Research Award
Emma Jane Riddle - Excellence in Service Award
LaRoche Graduate Faculty Award Presented to Dr. Jane Thomas
Dr. Jane Thomas, Professor of Marketing, was presented the 2013 LaRoche Graduate Faculty Award at last night's graduate commencement ceremonies held at the Winthrop Coliseum.
The LaRoche Graduate Faculty Award is given to a faculty member who holds the rank of associate or full professor, has a record of outstanding teaching at the graduate level, and has made a significant contribution to the quality of graduate education at the University.
Congratulations Dr. Thomas!
2013 Distinguished Professor
Congratulations to Dr. Marilyn Smith for being named the 2013 Distinguished Professor. During spring commencement ceremonies, Winthrop University confers awards on faculty members who have demonstrated exceptional service to the University and a dedication to students, and Dr. Smith certainly embodies the essence of the Distinguished Professor Award.
The Distinguished Professor Award is the highest honor Winthrop can bestow upon a faculty member. It is presented in recognition of exceptional skills in teaching, significant research or creative effort, high standing among professional colleagues, and service to the university and community.
Faculty Members Recognized at Annual Honors Awards Ceremony on May 5, 2012
Robert Stonebraker - Wells Fargo Excellence in Teaching Award
Melissa Carsten - Springs Industries Research Award
Peggy Hager - Excellence in Service Award
Dr. Gary L. Stone named the William H. Grier Professor of Business Administration
In June of 2011 Dr. Gary Stone, professor of economics, was selected to receive the Grier Professorship award for the College of Business Administration. The Grier Professorship is awarded every four years to an excellent classroom teacher who is highly imaginative, dependable, and in command of his or her discipline. Stone also held the title from 2002-2005, He has won almost every award the College and University given to faculty, and this year was no exception. He has had a stellar year as he was named the winner of a national service award given jointly by the National Association of Economic Education and Council for Economic Education. Stone, who has operated Winthrop's Center for Economic Education for 30 years, was praised for participating in or leading multiple delegations overseas for the United States Agency for International Development to train teachers overseas how to teach about market economics across the spectrum of public schools. As of 2011 his expertise has been shared in 11 countries, including Russia, Belarus, Croatia, Lithuania, and Egypt. Congratulations Dr. Stone!
Faculty Elected to Board of Directors of the South Carolina Association of CPAs
Dr. Clarence Coleman and Professor Charles Alvis were elected to the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Association of CPAs. The Association is an advocacy organization for over 3,700 CPAs in the state. The Association Board works very closely with the State licensing board as it prepares proposed regulations that are designed to protect the public interest in the area of public accounting.
Dr. Coleman’s role on the Board includes addressing continuing professional education issues as well as working with the staff and the committee on Accounting Careers and Academic Relations.
Professor Charles Alvis is a Past president of the Association.
SC Association of Accounting Educators President
In February 2010, Dr. Clarence Coleman was elected to be the president of the South Carolina Association of Accounting Educators. The Association is comprised of Accounting Educators from both two and four year schools across the state. In his capacity as president, Dr. Coleman is responsible for coordinating the 2011 annual meeting program which includes identifying key note speakers and addressing emerging issues in accounting. Winthrop Professor Charles Alvis serves as the treasurer of this organization.
Gale N. DiGiorgio Woman of Achievement Award
In April 2010, Peggy Hager, MBA Director, received the Gale N. DiGiorgio Woman of Achievement Award from the Multicultural Student Life Division. She won based on her leadership, commitment to diversity, service to students, and service to the community.
2010 Graduate Faculty Award
During the May 2010 Graduate Commencement ceremony, Dr. Cara Peters, associate professor of marketing, received the 2010 Graduate Faculty Award. The Graduate Faculty Award is made to a graduate faculty member who holds the rank of associate or full professor, has a record of outstanding teaching at the graduate level, and has made a significant contribution to the quality of graduate education at the University.
In addition to teaching in the MBA program, Peters, who joined Winthrop in 2004, has been extremely active in graduate faculty service roles. She served on the Graduate Council from 2006 to 2009 and as chair of Graduate Council from 2007 to 2008. She is also faculty advisor for the student chapter of the American Marketing Association and sits on the University Budget Priorities Committee. Peters is recognized by students, faculty, and staff as an outstanding professor and prolific researcher, publishing articles in some of the top marketing journals. Peters also contributes to the local business community, assisting organizations with marketing plans and research.
Lincoln Institute Junior Scholar
The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in Cambridge, Mass., has chosen Assistant Professor of Economics Dr. Laura Ullrich as one of America’s promising state and local tax economists to participate in its new Junior Scholar Program. Ullrich joins six other top economists from the University of Michigan, University of Georgia, the University of Southern California, the Federal Reserve Board, Georgia State University and Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., in this Lincoln Institute program. As a Junior Scholar, she will travel to Cambridge in early May to meet with top senior economists in the field to discuss current issues, receive feedback on her research and build important mentoring relationships.
A native of Athens, Ga., she came to Winthrop in 2007. She earned her undergraduate degree in economics at the University of Georgia and her M.A. and Ph.D. in economics at the University of Tennessee. Ullrich’s research interests and specialties include school finance reform, local and state level tax and expenditure analyses, welfare policy and environmental economics. Ullrich says that she is excited to be part of this new program that honors the work of promising economists in an expansive, highly competitive field.
Thompson Scholar Award
The Thompson Scholar award, created by Winthrop Board of Trustee Bob Thompson and his wife, Norma, of Rock Hill, provides for reassigned time for a faculty member to work on projects that strengthen the academic, intellectual and co-curricular life of the university. This is the first year the award has been given to two professors.
Dr. David Bradbard and Dr. Barbara Fuller were selected to share the Thompson Scholar honors as they work to develop a two-course sequence in geographic information systems (GIS). Professor David Bradbard and Associate Professor Barbara Fuller said they will initially target applications with a business orientation, but they expect to branch out to engage students from many disciplines throughout the university. The emerging technology is a powerful and quick way to collect market data linked to maps.
As a result of their work, Drs. Fuller and Bradbard have been invited to present a 90 minute workshop on teaching GIS in business classes at the national meeting of the Decision Sciences Institute in San Diego, CA in November 2010.
2009 Kinard Award
Dr. Cara Peters, Associate Professor of Marketing, is the 2009 Winthrop University Kinard Award winner. Each fall, Winthrop University confers the James Pinckney Kinard and Lee Wicker Kinard Award on a faculty member who has demonstrated exceptional service to the University. The Kinard Award honors those singular qualities of teaching excellence that enable a professor to give subject matter meaning and relevance while motivating students to seek and utilize knowledge within the context of lifelong learning.
2009 Emerging Profession Award
Dr. Keith Benson, Associate Professor of Management, received the Emerging Profession Award from The Pennsylvania State University, Health Policy & Administration Alumni Affiliate Program Group at the annual Professionals in the Classroom event.
New Michelin Development Upstate Steering Committee Member
Michelin North America announced it has set aside $1 million for low-interest loans to help socially and economically disadvantaged businesses throughout the Upstate. Carolina First will work with the Michelin Development Upstate Steering Committee to review loan applications for the program. Once an application has been approved by the Steering Committee, it will go to Carolina First for their normal financial due diligence. Loans will be available at $10,000 and up.
In September 2009, Larry Stevens, regional director of the Small Business Development Center at Winthrop, was named to the Michelin Development Upstate Steering Committee for small business loans. Stevens is one of eight committee members.