The faculty of the Wake Forest University Schools of Business gathered at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on Wednesday, April 20th for its annual Faculty Awards Gala.
Charles Iacovou, senior associate dean for faculty, opened the evening and welcomed his colleagues to the gala which recognizes the outstanding achievements of Wake Forest Schools of Business professors. “I am honored to be here tonight to celebrate you and the work that you do to shape the minds and hearts of our students, in our pursuit to help them become leaders of tomorrow.”
Steve Reinemund, Wake Forest Dean of Business, noted the accomplishments of the Schools, including the undergraduate program’s #1 ranking in Academic Quality for three straight years in BusinessWeek, the World Championship title in the KPMG Global Case Competition brought home by our undergraduate student team earlier this month, and the significant increases in business program rankings, including being recognized among the top 5% in the nation for results in helping students secure jobs.
“None of these achievements would have been possible without your leadership and support,” Reinemund said as he addressed the faculty. “You are the key driver in the success of our school and in the education the students receive here. What I hear most in my interactions with students and alumni is how much the special relationships you have with them enrich their lives. Not only do you teach them in the classroom, but you serve as mentors as they navigate through their collegiate and life journey. I thank you for everything you do and am proud to work alongside you.”
Jill Tiefenthaler, Wake Forest University Provost shared the University’s strategy to build the best group of teacher scholars in the world with a mission to educate students and produce knowledge that will make a difference to our global society. “I celebrate this faculty who has accomplished so much, both individually and collectively. You have improved your game in both teaching and research and you continue to raise the bar by challenging our students, the administration and each other,” she said.
The full list of faculty awards was as follows:
Ajay Patel received the Full-time Master of Business Administration (MBA) Teaching Award which recognizes a member of the faculty for outstanding contribution to the education and personal development of our Full-time MBA students and is based on a ballot of the graduating Full-time MBA students.
George Aldhizer received the MSA Graduate Class Teaching Award which recognizes a member of the faculty for outstanding contribution to the education of our Master of Science in Accountancy students and is based on a ballot of the graduating MSA students.
Melenie Lankau received the Master of Arts in Management (MA) Program Teaching Award which recognizes a member of the faculty for outstanding contribution to the education and personal development of our MA students and is based on a ballot of the graduating fulltime MA students.
Arun Dewasthali received the Senior Class Teaching Award which recognizes a member of the faculty for outstanding contribution to the education and personal development of our undergraduate students and is based on a ballot of all graduating seniors across our undergraduate degree programs.
Pat Dickson received the T.B. Rose Fellowship in Business Award which recognizes a notable innovation or initiative related to instruction in undergraduate or graduate programs. This honor is chosen by a committee of past year’s winners and senior associate dean of faculty. This award is funded by David Cameron Rose.
Sheri Bridges and Clay Hipp received the Horace Kelly Alumni Teaching Award which recognizes faculty for outstanding contribution to the education and personal development of our undergraduate / Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) students who graduated 10 years ago and is based on nominations from alumni from the tenth anniversary class.
Jonathan Pinder received the Kienzle Alumni Teaching Award for outstanding contribution to the education and personal development of our MBA / MA students which is based on a vote of alumni three years after graduation.
Derrick Boone, Dan Fogel, Charles Iacovou, Patrick McMullen and Chet Miller were acknowledged for receiving Working Professional Program Teaching Awards earlier in the year. The honor recognizes outstanding contributions to the education and personal development of students in our Winston-Salem and Charlotte Working Professional MBA programs and is based on ballots from the graduating students of the fall 2010 and winter 2011 classes.
Holly Brower and Jack Meredith received the Cowan Faculty Research Award which recognizes faculty members who represent the highest standards of scholarship. This honor is chosen by the Schools of Business Research Committee.
Jim Narus received the High Impact Scholarship Award which recognizes a faculty member for his/her significant influence on business practice or pedagogy. This honor is chosen by the Schools of Business Research Committee.
Ken Middaugh received the Service MVP Award which recognizes outstanding service to the school, above and beyond administrative duties. This honor is based on nominations from the Schools of Business faculty and chosen by the executive team.
Sheri Bridges received the Spirit Award which recognizes a faculty member who displays good citizenship and positive attitude, and inspires other faculty to strive for high achievement. This honor is chosen by a ballot of the Schools of Business faculty.
In his closing remarks, Reinemund congratulated all the award recipients, noting the honor and privilege that comes from working with such a dedicated group of remarkable people, and recognized the entire group for its tremendous accomplishments in driving the positive momentum of the Schools of Business.