Fogelman Flash Interactive Newsletter
Fogelman College of Business & Economics, April 2010

In this Issue...

Dean Grover's Message

Professor Julia Heath Wins University Distinguished Teaching Award

Irvin Tankersley Wins Thomas Briggs Teaching Award

First Annual Fogelman Promise Day

The Fogelman Code of Professionalism

Harry Smith Announced as New FCBE Executive-in-Residence

Eric Brey Recognized by the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International

FCBE PhD Program Continues to Develop

The University of Memphis and the University of Vlora, Albania, Sign Agreement

Alumni Giving Q&A

News Briefs & Events

Fogelman College Faculty Publications

Fogelman College Faculty Presentations and Recognitions


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Dean Grover's Message

Rajiv Grover

I have been excited with the number of new ideas that we have been able to nurture and implement over the last 18 months; one of these is The Fogelman Promise Initiative. I briefly introduced this in the last issue of the Flash, then called Fogelman Pride, and now I would like to take a little more time to explain the philosophy behind the idea, and the developments in each of its program areas, several of which are new additions to the initiative. While I have been impressed in many ways with the quality of our students, I have always wanted to be able to give them as much chance as possible to maximize, and realize, their potential. When we think about student development, we are conditioned to think about advancing their technical understanding of different cognate subject areas. While this is of course vital, I also feel that we have a responsibility to facilitate their growth in other ways. To this end, I have been delighted to see a number of new programs develop that are intended to enhance the development of our students as we prepare them for careers in an increasingly complex and dynamic global environment. Furthermore, I am continually striving for ways in which we can further interconnectedness among our students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of our local communities. 'The Fogelman Promise Initiative', overseen by Dr. Margaret Schultz, is intended to further both of these objectives. There are ten main programs encompassed within the Fogelman Promise Initiative: The Etiquette Dining Program, Fogelman College Traditions, The Hall of Fame, Toastmasters, The Wellness Program, The 4Cs Program, The E-Learning Program, The Honors Program, The Code of Professionalism, and Fogelman Promise Day. As these programs continue to develop, so their impact will be felt across the College, and beyond.

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Professor Julia Heath Wins University Distinguished Teaching Award

Julie Heath

Professor Julia Heath, Professor of Economics, has been announced as a winner of the 2010 University of Memphis’ Distinguished Teaching Award. While a prestigious award in its own right, this is only one of a long line of teaching awards that Dr. Heath has won:
  • 1993 University’s Honors Program 'Teacher of the Year'
  • Awarded a Teaching Excellence Fellowship by the Fogelman College of Business and Economics in 1998, a three-year designation recognizing classroom excellence and innovation
  • University of Memphis Thomas W. Briggs Foundation Teaching Award (2000)
  • Named the Tennessee Educator of the Year by the Tennessee Bankers Association in 2006.
  • In 2008, named the Educator of the Year by the Institute for Financial Literacy, a national group promoting economic and financial literacy.
  • Awarded the 2008 Elzinga Award, a national award given by the Southern Economic Association, the economic discipline’s highest recognition of teaching excellence.
  • One of only five economics professors asked to serve on the National Assessment of Education Progress committee on economics. NAEP is the group that issues “report cards” on the state of knowledge in various subjects among high school students (history, geography, math and economics).
  • Serves on the Board of Directors of the National Council on Economic Education, an illustrious group that is chaired by the CEO of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

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Irvin Tankersley Wins Thomas Briggs Teaching Award

Irvin Tankersley

Professor Irvin Tankersley, Professor in the School of Accountancy, has won one of two Excellence in Teaching awards sponsored by the Thomas W. Briggs Foundation. This is a highly prestigious award, and is well-merited recognition for one of the College's most outstanding, and widely recognized, teachers. Dr. Tankersley is a former winner of several other teaching awards including the University's Distinguished Teaching Award and a FCBE Palmer Professorship. As School of Accountancy Chair, Professor Carolyn Callahan, pointed out, "Professor Tankersley has demonstrated exceptional teaching skills in legal studies at the undergraduate level on several levels. Over a sustained period of time, he has proven to be an excellent teacher and a wonderful asset to the School of Accountancy".  Irv demonstrates strong interpersonal skills inside and outside the classroom.  These attributes and skills make it easy for his students, and colleagues, to interact with him.

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First Annual Fogelman Promise Day

Fogelman Promise Day

Fogelman Promise Day is set for Thursday, April 15 in the FCBE courtyard. The event will take place from 11:00am – 2:00pm and 5:00pm – 7:00pm. Fogelman Promise day will bring together students, staff, faculty, alumni, administrators and community members in a celebration of the Fogelman Promise Initiative outlined by Dean Rajiv Grover elsewhere in the newsletter.

Fogelman Promise Day is part of the broader Fogelman Promise Initiative, so called because each person is encouraged to make a commitment to themselves: to do their best, to make positive contributions, and to strive to achieve their full potential in both their professional and personal lives. The purpose of the day is to provide an experience that promotes positive feelings about the Fogelman College of Business & Economics and intensifies the relationships among students, staff, faculty, and the College’s other various stakeholders.

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The Fogelman Code of Professionalism
Over recent months, a committee headed by Professor Ron Spahr with involvement from a wide range of College stakeholders has been creating a Code of Professionalism. The separate codes for students, faculty & graduate assistants, and staff, will be formerly unveiled at Fogelman Promise Day on April 15 and subsequently hung in the College. The three codes are presented below. Please do not hesitate to provide feedback about this initiative to Professor Ron Sphar (rspahr@memphis.edu) and /or Dean Rajiv Grover (rgrover@memphis.edu).

The Fogelman Code of Professionalism for Students
As a member of the Fogelman College of Business & Economics (FCBE), in addition to abiding by laws and University policy, I will:

  • Respect the rights and dignity of all people
  • Act with honesty and integrity
  • Take full responsibility for my actions
  • Maintain the highest standard of professional ethics
  • Be considerate of others’ feelings and needs
  • Conduct and present myself in a manner that is appropriate of a business professional

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Harry Smith Announced as New FCBE Executive-in-Residence

Harry Smith

Dean Rajiv Grover has announced that Harry Smith is to be the new Executive-in-Residence at the FCBE.  Smith will give guest lectures and talks to students and meet with students, faculty and staff on the subject, "Know Good-Do Good–Thrive." The essential message is that the most effective way to get ahead in life is through positive actions.  If one does the right thing and continues doing the right thing, one will be successful.  In the first instance, Smith's activities will be directed at communicating this message to graduating seniors through in-class addresses.

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Eric Brey Recognized by the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International

Eric Brey

Dr. Eric T. Brey, assistant professor in the Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management was recently recognized as one of the "Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales and Marketing" for his support and extensive work within the hospitality industry. Awarded by the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI), this award recognizes the 'best of the best' marketers in hospitality, travel and tourism. Dr. Brey was selected by a panel of senior industry executives for his recent work based upon the following criteria: creativity and innovation, cutting edge marketing campaigns, triumph in challenging situations, and efforts resulting in dramatic gains. "With recipients including major hotel and resort companies to CEOs of marketing organizations, this is the highest honor that I could receive as an educator for my work within hospitality marketing," said Brey. "As an industry award given by executives to industry professionals, this validates a firm focus on providing industry support through practitioner-directed research, an applied teaching focus, and service in support of industry".

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FCBE PhD Program Continues to Develop

Daniel Sherrell

The Ph.D. in Business Administration program in the Fogelman College of Business & Economics has been consistently recruiting, training and placing its graduates in academic and industry positions since its inception.  The College awarded its first Ph.D. in Business Administration degree in 1991.  Prior to that date, the College offered a D.B.A. degree.

The Ph.D. program currently offers six academic concentrations: accounting; economics; finance; management; management information systems; and marketing, with an active enrollment of 75-80 students each year.  The stated mission of the Ph.D. in Business Administration program is "to prepare individuals primarily for careers in teaching and research in institutions of higher education and secondarily for careers as consultants, researchers, and professional managers in other organizations."

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The University of Memphis and the University of Vlora, Albania, Sign Agreement

A Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation between the University of Memphis and the University of Vlora, Albania was signed by University of Memphis President, Dr. Shirley Raines, and University of Vlora Rector, Dr. Tanush Shaska on January 10, 2010.  This agreement establishes a promise of cooperation between the University of Memphis and the University of Vlora, Albania to mutual realization and cooperation of their teaching, research, and service programs, especially in their respective Masters in Business Administration (MBA) Programs.

The MOU is the result of work initiated by Dr. Ronald Spahr, Chair of the Department of Finance, Insurance and Real Estate during his invited visit to lecture at the University of Vlora in May, 2009.  Subsequently, Rector Shaska was invited to lead a delegation of faculty and administrators from the University of Vlora to visit at the University of Memphis in September 2009 and begin formulating a cooperation agreement with Provost Dr. Ralph Faudree and Dr. Rajiv Grover, Dean of the Fogelman College of Business & Economics.

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Alumni Giving FAQs

Q: Why is alumni giving so important?
A: First, alumni giving is one of the seven categories that U.S. News & World Report uses to determine its ranking for colleges and universities. Second, your gift makes a difference by enabling your college to maximize its potential by providing our future leaders more opportunities, more often.

Q: How does U.S. News & World Report ranking help the University of Memphis?
A: The U.S. News & World Report is looked at by many of our prospective students. As our ranking increases, so will the quantity and quality and quality of our students. Improving the ranking of the university will also add value to your degree.

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News Briefs & Events

David Spiceland

Prof. David Spiceland Captures Textbook Award

Dr. J. David Spiceland, professor of accountancy, received the Crystal Award for FIRST EDITION OF THE YEAR from his publisher McGraw-Hill.  The award is for the textbook – Spiceland, Thomas, and Herrmann, Financial Accounting

The distinction is particularly noteworthy since his other textbook – Spiceland, Sepe, and Tomassini, Intermediate Accounting has twice won the Crystal Award for OUTSTANDING REVISION OF THE YEAR, the only time the same textbook has won the award twice.

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Fogelman College Faculty Publications

Chuck Pierce

Chuck Pierce Publishes a Series of Human Resource and Research Methods Papers

Aguinis, H., Culpepper, S.A., & Pierce, C.A. (in press). Revival of test bias research in preemployment testing.  Journal of Applied Psychology.

We examined the accuracy of the predominant method in HR management for assessing test bias in employee selection.  Over 40 years of research using this traditional method suggests that test bias in HR selection devices doesn't exist.  Results from our study raise questions about the established conclusion that test bias doesn't exist in HR selection and point to the need to revive test bias research in the context of HR testing and selection.

Aguinis, H., Pierce, C.A., & Culpepper, S.A. (2009). Scale coarseness as a methodological artifact:  Correcting correlation coefficients attenuated from using coarse scales. Organizational Research Methods, 12, 623-652.

Researchers in the organizational sciences often use coarse measurement scales.  We assess the accuracy of a method for disattenuating correlation coefficients that are biased by scale coarseness in primary-level and meta-analytic studies.  We provide researchers with a free web-based computer program that performs the necessary computations to disattenuate the biased correlations.

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Fogelman College Faculty Presentations and Recognitions

Emin Babakus

Prof. Emin Babakus Invited to Sweden

Emin Babakus, First Tennessee Professor and professor of marketing, spent the last week of February 2010 as a guest professor at Lulea University of Technology, Lulea, Sweden.  He was invited to conduct a doctoral seminar in advanced research methods for the Ph.D. students in e-commerce and industrial marketing area.  This program attracts students from all over the world.  The current group of 16 students came from as far as Australia, South Africa, Hong Kong, Iran, Cyprus, Tunisia, Russia, and United States. The week-long seminar covered major topics in research design, measurement and analysis.

Lulea is a port city with 75,000 residents located in the northern part of the Baltic Sea.  While temperatures during late February ranged from -20◦F to -35◦F with more than three feet of snow on the ground and everything frozen (including the Baltic Sea!), all seemed to function in harmony with nature. 

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