Litvin, Desplaces, Davis and Green Receive Distinguished School Awards

Steve Litvin, Ph.D. and professor of hospitality and tourism management, is ranked the world’s 7th top researcher in hospitality research productivity, according to the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research.  For this reason and others, Litvin was recently given the School of Business Distinguished Research Award.

Each year, professors are selected for their exemplary contributions in student learning, service leadership and intellectual advancements.  This year, the honors go to three accomplished faculty members who represent the highest standards for classroom teaching, service to students and the School, and research published in top-rated journals.

In addition, the School of Business just initiated the Outstanding Administrative Staff Award given each semester for his or her dedication to student achievement, service leadership and continuous improvements.

The winners are:

  • Distinguished Service/Advising Award – Dr. David Desplaces, assistant professor of entrepreneurship and global commerce
  • Distinguished Teaching Award – Dr. Josh Davis, assistant professor of decision sciences
  • Distinguished Research Award – Dr. Steve Litvin, professor of hospitality and tourism management (HTM)
  • Outstanding Administrative Staff Award – Barbara Green, administrative coordinator for the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management

Each award winner was given a $1,000 stipend and recognition plaque, paid for by the Dean’s Excellence Fund.

Dr. David Desplaces

Desplaces was selected for the service award because of his emphasis on experiential learning for students.  His unique service learning opportunities allow students to go well beyond the classroom – from elementary classrooms in the Lowcountry to preparatory schools and hospitals in Cameroon, Africa – into environments where students apply their skills in challenging ways.  Desplaces also leads the College’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team which reached the national competition for the last two years, and a study abroad trip to places such as Dubai and France.

Dr. Josh Davis

Davis was voted the best MBA professor by the class which put him ahead of his peers in the teaching award category.  In addition, Davis continually receives high evaluations, particularly for difficult courses, from undergraduate students.

Litvin won the prestigious research award for his prolific published works in top hospitality industry journals.

According to Doug Walker, Ph.D., associate professor of economics and chair of the faculty development committee, the competition was extremely close among all candidates, particularly in teaching and research.  A three-year track record for publishing in high-quality journals is considered for selecting the distinguished researcher while one-year timeframes are factored into choosing the distinguished teacher and service leader.

The School of Business’ faculty development committee nominates and selects the three professors for the annual awards.

The administrative staff development committee and three members of the School of Business Board of Governors selected Barbara Green for the Outstanding Administrative Staff Award winner.  According to Randall Goldman, the department’s advisory board chair and managing partner of Patrick Properties and Fish Restaurant, “For two decades, Barbara has held together this department with unflinching devotion.  She is the mortar that holds us together in the face of uncertainty and the center of celebration during these, the brightest of times.  We are indebted to her and stand together in honoring her remarkable service.”

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