2014 Honorees

Teaching Excellence – Asoke Dey

Joining the College of Business Administration in 2008, Dr. Asoke Dey, assistant professor of management, believes teaching to be a reciprocal relationship between an instructor and students. Seeing himself as a mentor, Dey derives immense satisfaction from teaching relevant cutting-edge business topics and employing innovative techniques in teaching that links theory to practice and outcomes. He believes that irrespective of one’s major or career specialization, “business school students need a complete understanding of the supply chain and management issues in today’s business.” In his courses, Dey has helped students to develop a deeper understanding of the theoretical foundations that are essential for improving the practice of operations management. Students have commented that he is able to make concepts tie together in a way that made sense and brings relevance to the information with real world examples.

Research Excellence – John Goodell

Dr. John Goodell, assistant professor of finance, has demonstrated both breadth and quality in his research since joining the CBA in 2008. His research interests include cultural finance, gender issues in finance, financial impacts of social capital and trust, law, and finance, emerging markets, pensions, financial architecture, and cost of equity. Goodell consistently demonstrates excellence through the number and quality of his research publications in high quality journals, conference presentations, and involvements in professional organizations, while also serving the academic field of finance through his editorship. In the past two years, Goodell has co-authored ten published or accepted discipline-based articles, nine pedagogical articles, and two book reviews. Two of these articles have been published in the Journal of Banking and Finance, a premier journal in Finance. He is the assistant editor of the Journal of Teaching in International Business, associated editor of the Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Finance, and has served as a reviewer for various journals.

Service Excellence Award – Melinda Newman

Dr. Melinda Newman, associate professor of finance, joined the CBA faculty in 2000. Throughout her career, she has focused her service contributions to her students and to her department. Since 2004, Newman has served as an advisor to undergraduate honors students majoring in finance. Her leadership responsibilities and participation in various committees, such as the Undergraduate Student Experience Committee, University Honors Council, and University Honors Program Scholarship Recruitment, continue to make significant impacts to departmental, college, and university goals and initiatives. She has served as Director of the Building Bridges Program and continues to be instrumental in helping to place students as interns or in permanent jobs with area firms.

Staff Excellence Award – Mary Hardin

Joining the College of Business Administration’s professional staff in 2001 as director of technology, Mary Hardin is no stranger to adapting and developing new solutions to the ever-changing technological needs of the CBA, its students, and constituents. Always having the College’s best interests in mind and taking a proactive approach in her responsibilities, she manages the acquisition, installation, configuration and maintenance of all IT equipment within the CBA. In addition to her usual job duties this year, Hardin has been instrumental in overseeing the design and installation of the Business Analytics Lab as well as a significant Website upgrade.