2013 Honorees

Teaching Excellence –Linda Orr

Linda Orr, Ph.D. Dr. Linda Orr, associate professor of marketing, who joined the CBA in August 2005, is recognized as an outstanding and extremely innovative teacher, particularly in the CBA’s sales management program.  This is supported by her consistently excellent teaching evaluations, the high job placement rate (nearly 100%) of CBA sales students, and the many awards the sales students have won in national competitions.

Orr is very highly regarded by her students and has played an important mentoring role in shaping many student lives and their future career successes.  Students have commented on how much knowledge they have gained from her, not only about the sales field but about business in general.  Past students have noted that the skills and sales techniques they have learnt from Orr have been invaluable in their current jobs and will also be of use throughout their sales careers.

In selecting Orr for the award, the selection committee noted that she embodies all the characteristics of an excellent teacher, namely passion, expertise, rigor, going beyond the call of duty, and understanding and adapting to today’s challenges.

Research Excellence – Li Wang

Li Wang, Ph.D. Dr. Li Wang, associate professor of accounting, has attained an outstanding record of research and publications since joining the CBA in 2007.  She regularly publishes in top journals including Review of Accounting Studies, considered an A+ journal; Journal of Information Systems, the top ranking premier journal in the AIS field; International Journal of Accounting Information Systems, a prestigious journal of high quality; and Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, which is ranked among the top journals in the accounting and finance disciplines.  Wang has presented her research at many professional meetings and conferences, and her papers have been cited by other scholars.  She currently has working papers that have high potential for publication in top quality journals.

In 2012, Wang was awarded the Dean’s Research Quality Award and was also nominated for the Dean’s Research Excellence Award.  In 2009, she came in second for the Andrews Best Paper Award at the American Accounting Association Ohio Region Conference.

Even as a doctoral student, Wang gained recognition for research excellence, receiving the Best Doctoral Student Manuscript Award in 2004 and again in 2005 at the American Accounting Association Ohio Region Conference.

Service Excellence Award –Frederik Beuk

Frederik Beuk, Ph.D. Although he has only just completed his second year at The University of Akron, Dr. Frederik Beuk, assistant professor of marketing, has already gained a reputation for outstanding service to his students, the college and the university.

Beuk’s accomplishments have made a significant contribution to raising the stature of the CBA’s sales management program and the Fisher Institute for Professional Selling.  In 2011-12, he coached ten UA students who participated in the World Collegiate Sales Open.  After three qualifying rounds, two of the CBA students were among 20 students, out of an original group of 200 from 21 different schools, who advanced to the finals.  CBA student, Joshua Woolls, eventually took first place.  In 2012-13, Beuk again coached a winner, Brittany Nagy, who took second place in the World Collegiate Sales Open and in the National Collegiate Sales Competition.

In addition to serving as coach for the sales competitions, Beuk also serves as adviser for the college’s chapter of Pi Sigma Epsilon, the national professional organization for sales, marketing and management.  He has played a significant role in re-invigorating the chapter and in, Spring 2013, they placed 2nd in the Top Chapter competition at the organization’s national convention.  Beuk also helped the group organize the “Run the Roo 5k” and other events held on the UA campus during the 2012-13 school year.

Staff Excellence Award –Danica Houle

Danica Houle,  M.A. Danica Houle, senior administrative assistant, who joined the CBA in 2006, is known for her excellent interpersonal skills and cheerful, upbeat demeanor.  These attributes not only help to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere in the CBA Dean’s Office, but also enhance the image of the CBA among the many stakeholders with whom she interacts both on and off campus.

Houle is often commended for her outstanding professionalism, competence and commitment to the CBA and the University.   She is recognized as a team-player who can be counted on to do whatever is needed to get the job done, and often takes a leading role in planning and organizing college events and activities.

During the past year, Houle was instrumental in pulling together the CBA’s formal AACSB Maintenance of Accreditation report, coordinating the visit of the AACSB team, and facilitating the many behind-the-scenes activities related to the visit, while continuing to efficiently manage all her other tasks and responsibilities.