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March 2014

MMIB Faculty Present at Appalachian Research in Business Symposium

l-r: Drs. Engle, Dust, Zhuang, Roberson, Carnes, Hood, Polin, and Robles

Faculty from the Department of Management, Marketing and International Business traveled to East Tennessee State University to present at the Appalachian Research in Business Symposium on March 21, 2014.

The purpose of the symposium was to provide an opportunity for business faculty of Appalachian State University, East Tennessee State University, Eastern Kentucky University, and Western Carolina University to share current research interests and outcomes. Peer-reviewed research was presented in the business areas of accounting, economics, management, and marketing.

Presentations for EKU were:

  • Drs. Beth Polin, Scott Dust and Karen Hood on The Major Decision of a Major: A Rational Value-Based Decision Model for Business Students
  • Dr. Karen Hood on Consumer Drugs in the Household: A Social Marketing Prescription
  • Dr. Scott Dust on Work Characteristics Congruence, Psychological Need Fulfillment, and Employee Motivation
  • Dr. Marcel Robles on Student Attitudes and Perceptions of Business Writing and the Impact Technology Has on Their Writing Skills
  • Drs. Beth Polin and Mike Roberson on The Path from Here to There: Understanding Business Students' Perceptions, Choices, and Pursuit of Success
  • Drs. Weiling Zhuang and Lana Carnes on Studying Abroad: Understanding the Relationships Between Beliefs, Perceived Value and Behavioral Intention
  • Dr. Scott Dust and Christian J. Resick on Ethical Mindfulness: A Scale Validation Study

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Xiao recognized as 2014 Critical Thinking Teacher of the Year

Dr. Janna Vice, Dr. Qian Xiao, and Dr. Lana Carnes

Congratulations to Dr. Qian Xiao for being recognized as a 2014 Critical Thinking Teacher of the Year Award recipient. This year 257 students nominated 177 different faculty to receive this award. All nominees and winners will be recognized by the University at an awards ceremony on May 1. 

According comments from students, "One assignment was to read a case study about a current corporation and create a presentation that explained their management methods; we then critiqued any problems we found with the methods and proposed solutions. She created an environment that required students to think critically and creatively about real-life situations."

EKU's Critical Thinking Teacher of the Year is an award to recognize outstanding faculty members who have had substantial positive effects on developing their students’ critical/creative thinking skills and  for their commitment to EKU’s mission to graduate informed critical and creative thinkers who communicate effectively.

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Process

Each fall semester a survey is placed on EKUDirect right before mid-term grades are posted and is open to all students currently enrolled. Students are asked to nominate a faculty member and give a brief explanation of why they think their nominee should be an EKU Critical Thinking Teacher of the Year.

The following MMIB faculty members were also nominated by students for the Critical Thinking Teacher of the Year Award.  Congratulations! 

  • Faridah Awang
  • Laura Barthel
  • Burke Christensen
  • Allen Engle
  • Michael Fore
  • Beth Polin
  • Qian Xiao
  • Zhe Zhang
  • Weiling Zhuang
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