For release: September 15, 2010
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843
The University of Memphis has named three faculty members as Suzanne Downs Palmer
Professors for academic year 2010-2011. Now in its eighth year, the awards program
recognizes individual faculty contributions to achieving the mission of the Fogelman
College of Business & Economics. Dr. Julia Heath, Dr. Robin Poston, and Dr. John Malloy
each received a recognition plaque and $10,000.
Dr. Heath, professor of economics, was honored in the teaching category. Students
often describe Heath as intelligent, passionate, organized, caring, and patient. She
has incorporated numerous imaginative and innovative teaching techniques into her
courses and has developed several new classes. Heath’s influence also extends beyond
the U of M campus. Through her workshops, she has trained more than 8,000 west Tennessee
K-12 teachers on how to integrate economic and financial literacy into their classes.
Dr. Poston, associate professor of management information systems, was recognized
in the research category. Her research focuses on management’s strategic use of information
systems. She has published two papers in A+ journals, one in an A-ranked journal and
six in B-ranked journals. Poston has produced 12 refereed papers and was a finalist
for MIS Quarterly Reviewer of the Year. She serves on the editorial review or advisory boards of three
leading journals: Decision Sciences Journal, Journal of Database Management, and Journal of Organizational and End User Computing.
Dr. Malloy, professor of accounting and taxation, received the award in the service
category. He has served as a judge for the Memphis Business JournalSmall Business Awards and as advisor for Beta Alpha Psi honor society. Malloy has
been acting director of the School of Accountancy and has served on numerous university,
Fogelman College and Accountancy committees. He developed the MBA specialty in entrepreneurship
and directed the U of M’s Small Business Center for thee years. Malloy was named Golden
Key Professor of the Year in 2008.
The professorships were established by a $400,000 gift to the Fogelman College by
U of M alumnus Dan Palmer in memory of his late wife and in appreciation for his education
at the University of Memphis.