Each year, business 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 teaching, service to students and the School, and research published in top-rated journals. This year’s winners are:
- Distinguished Service/Advising Award – Dr. David Desplaces, assistant professor of entrepreneurship and global commerce
- Distinguished Teaching Award – Dr. Joshua Davis, assistant professor of decision sciences
- Distinguished Research Award – Dr. Steve Litvin, professor 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.
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. See video highlights of the Technology for Africa project and trip to Cameroon.
Joshua Davis, Ph.D., and assistant professor of decision sciences, 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.
Steve Litvin, Ph.D. and professor of hospitality and tourism management, won the prestigious research award for his prolific published works in top hospitality industry journals. Litvin is ranked the world’s 7th top researcher in hospitality research productivity by the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research. For these reasons, Litvin was given the School of Business Distinguished Research Award.
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 three professors for the annual awards.