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Outstanding Business Faculty Earn Palmer Professorships
For release: Sept. 19, 2005
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The University of Memphis has named five faculty members as 2005 Suzanne Downs Palmer Professors. The cash awards honor outstanding achievement in research, teaching, scholarship, service, community outreach, and fundraising. They are presented to tenured or tenure-track faculty in the Fogelman College of Business & Economics.

Recipients in the research category are Dr. David Allen, associate professor of Management; Dr. Pankaj Jain, associate professor of Finance, Insurance and Real Estate; and Dr. Marla Stafford, professor of Marketing and Supply Chain Management. Recognized in the service category were Dr. Ernest Nichols, associate professor of Marketing and Supply Chain Management, and Dr. Dan Sherrell, professor of Marketing and Supply Chain Management.

Allen earned his Ph.D. from the Beebe Institute of Personnel and Employment Relations at Georgia State University. In addition to teaching, he is director of the Management Ph.D. program. Allen does organizational research and consulting on topics such as recruitment, retention, and organizational effectiveness, and has worked with organizations such as the Red Cross, Campbell Clinic, Georgia Department of Family and Children Services, Pfizer Inc., Union Planters, and the U.S. Navy.

Jain received his master's and Ph.D. degrees from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. He previously worked for SBI Capital Markets Limited and RPG Enterprises. In leading journals, Jain has published research on investments, market-microstructure, financial market design, and international finance.

Stafford, chair of Marketing and Supply Chain Management, received her Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. Before joining the U of M in 2001, she was an associate professor of marketing at the University of North Texas. Stafford also has held positions with Tupperware Worldwide, Cardinal Industries, and Philip Crosby Associates.

In addition to teaching, Nichols is director of the Center for Supply Chain Management at the U of M's FedEx Institute of Technology. He has conducted supply chain management consulting and educational programs for several Fortune 500 corporations and governmental agencies. Nichols earned his Ph.D. from Michigan State University.

Sherrell received his Ph.D from the University of South Carolina and taught at Louisiana State University before joining the U of M. He has served a chair of the Marketing Department and associate dean for administration. His teaching areas of interest include consumer behavior, marketing theory, structural equation modeling, and e-business.

The professorships were established by a $400,000 gift to the Fogelman College by U of M alumnus Dan Palmer, in appreciation for his U of M education and in memory of his wife of 38 years who died in 1999.

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