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Fogelman College Honors Three as Palmer Professors University News
For release: September 15, 2010

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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
Dr. Heath
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
Dr. Poston
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
Dr. Malloy
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.

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