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NIU Business Faculty News & Accomplishments

  • NIU Business faculty complete SAS data analytics workshop (December 2016)
    NIU College of Business faculty from three academic departments (OM&IS, accountancy, and finance) participated in workshop training conducted by SAS Global Academic Program instructor George Habek. The training covered material for SAS Studio, SAS Enterprise Minor, and SAS Visual Analytics software. The training coincides with the work in the college’s Department of Operations Management & Information Systems, which has collaborated with the SAS Institution to offer a joint business analytics certification program for all NIU students beginning in the spring 2017 semester.
  • Accountancy Professor named the Gaylen and Joanne Larson Professor in Accountancy (September 2016)
    Brad Cripe, assistant chair and associate professor, has been named the Gaylen and Joanne Larson Professor in Accountancy. Cripe’s research interests includes practical tax issues facing individuals and corporations. Additionally, he has earned the department’s undergraduate and graduate teaching awards. Along with serving in a number of leadership roles on campus, Cripe currently leads the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program through which students prepare hundreds of tax returns for senior citizens, international students, and others needing assistance. Alumni Gaylen (B.S. Accountancy) and Joanne (B.S. Business Education) Larson created the professorship in support of the college’s outstanding accountancy program and faculty.
  • Accountancy Faculty receives award for Innovative Research in Accounting Education (July 2016)
    Aleksandra (“Ally”) B. Zimmerman joins the nationally-ranked accounting program at Northern Illinois University as an Assistant Professor starting in Fall 2016 after earning her PhD from Case Western Reserve University. Her dissertation received the Doctoral Dissertation Award for Innovation in Accounting Education. Zimmerman’s study examines the impact of audit partner Big 4 experience on audit pricing in the non-Big 4 firm audit market. Zimmerman earned her MSA from Kent State University and BSBA (Accountancy) from John Carroll University. Prior to entering academia, she worked in public accounting for a regional CPA firm in Cleveland, Ohio, working on audits, tax compliance, and business valuations.
  • Accountancy Professor named the William Doyle Endowed Professor in Accountancy (July 2016)
    Natalie Churyk, professor of accountancy, has been named the William Doyle Endowed Professor in Accountancy. Currently, Churyk is also the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Accounting Education and serves on a number of state and national committees relating to education and student initiatives within the accounting arena. Read more here.
  • Accountancy Professor named the Donald E. Kieso Endowed Chair of Accountancy (July 2016)
    Rebecca Shortridge, chair of NIU’s Department of Accountancy, will serve as the inaugural Donald E. Kieso Endowed Chair of Accountancy. Ten former students and his intermediate accounting co-author joined forces to raise over $1 million to create the endowed chair, in honor of retired academician and former NIU Accountancy chair Donald Kieso.
  • Management Faculty member named the Mike and Kristina McGrath Professor in Entrepreneurship (May 2016)
    Associate Management Professor Bart Sharp serves as the first Mike and Kristina McGrath Professor in Entrepreneurship. Sharp earned his Ph.D. after a successful career in aerospace and aeronautical engineering. His research focuses on organizational-level learning, innovation and entrepreneurship within established companies. Alumnus Mike (B.S. Management 1970) and his wife Kristina created the professorship to increase and enhance entrepreneurship initiatives at the NIU College of Business.
  • Social Entrepreneurship Program – a Finalist in the ICSB Global Award in Entrepreneurship Education Excellence (May 2016)
    The Department of Management’s innovative social entrepreneurship program has been named a finalist by the International Council for Small Business (ICSB). The ICSB Global Award in Entrepreneurship Education Excellence honors exemplary programs that reflect innovation, high quality, comprehensiveness, sustainability, transferability, depth of support, and impact. The winner will be announced during the 61st annual ICSB World Conference, the premier international networking event for academics, scholars, and professionals in the small business and entrepreneurship field. Founded in 1955, ICSB is a prestigious organization with membership currently exceeding 3,500 individuals in more than 70 different countries. Management’s social entrepreneurship program consistently receives national and global accolades, starting from its early beginnings when the Boston Globe included the program in a short list – along with Harvard – of innovative business programs that challenged students to think big and tackle global problems. Since that time, the program continues to grow and extend its impact, evolving from a course and expanding into a certificate area of study, a minor, and now a degree emphasis.
  • Three NIU Business Professors Named 2016 Cobb Fellows (April 2016)
    NIU’s International Affairs Office announced this year’s Cobb Fellows. NIU Business professors who were designated as a 2016 Cobb Fellow include: Management Professor Jon Briscoe; Jones, Diedrich, Mennie Professor in Finance Lei Zhou, and Kohl's Corporation Professor of Retail Marketing Mark Rosenbaum. The Cobb program is a competitive grant program designed to promote the active involvement of NIU faculty members in international travel that will enhance their on-campus programs. Briscoe's travels to Slovenia's University of Ljubljana will focus on developing a cross-culturally valid scale of career success meanings. Rosenbaum's travels to Israel will explore how Israeli Jews, Arabs, and Druze grapple with the issue of working together with "adversarial" service providers. Zhou's travels to China will include researching the Chinese bond market to test how investors view credit rating agencies based on their perceived reputation.
  • NIU Finance Professor Diane Docking’s co-authored work named Best Paper (April 2016)
    The Academy for Economics and Economic Education selected NIU Finance professor Diane Docking’s co-authored paper “The Impact of Age Differences and Race on the Social Security Early Retirement Decision for Married Same Sex Couples” as its Best Paper award winner. Docking and her co-authors received the award during the Allied Academies Spring International Conference in New Orleans at the end of March 2016. Their paper will also be published in the “Journal of Economics and Economic Education” in 2016.
  • NIU Management professor receives grant for new program development (September 2015)
    Christine Mooney, the Bill and Paula LeRoy Professor of Social Entrepreneurship in Management, received a grant from VentureWell to support the development of an I-Lab Accelerator Program at NIU. The NIU I-Lab stands for the Idea, Innovation, and Impact Lab, which is a 16 week program for students who are interested in developing and launching a new product or service that has a social impact; or students who are interested in being part of a multi-disciplinary start-up team in order to make a positive change in the world. The I-Lab launches in Fall 2016 and will consist of workshops led by faculty and NIU alumni who are subject matter experts. At the end of the 16 weeks, student teams will present their final products/business ideas to potential investors for seed money to support the launch of their ventures. The NIU I-Lab Accelerator will be housed in the new incubator located in the NIU Founder’s Library.
  • Chris and Lorraine Millington create the Dr. Denise Schoenbachler Leadership Award (August 2015)
    The Dr. Denise Schoenbachler Leadership Award in MIS/SAP integration – created by 2010 honorary alumnus Chris Millington and his wife Lorraine – honors Schoenbachler’s exceptional leadership role in the College of Business and its Department of OM&IS. The Millington’s gift will award twenty (20) $1,000 scholarships, with a preference for female students. Among her many achievements, Schoenbachler has long championed the development and mentoring of women in business.
  • NIU Management faculty rank in top 50 for top-tier research productivity (June 2015)
    NIU’s Department of Management was ranked in the top 50 of all management departments for research productivity in 2014. The recently released 2014 Management Productivity Rankings developed the ranking by listing all management departments in the U.S. and Canada based on the number of published research in A-tier journals. NIU’s Department of Management tied for 46th place and outperformed six Illinois universities (including UIC and ISU). Additionally, NIU performed as well as Wisconsin-Madison and was only one publication behind Northwestern.
  • NIU Accountancy professor appointed editor-in-chief of the Journal of Accounting Education (April 2015)
    The Journal of Accounting Education named NIU's Caterpillar Professor of Accountancy Natalie Churyk to serve as the Journal's editor-in-chief. This three-year appointment represents a significant milestone in Churyk's academic career and is a strong affirmation of her talents and abilities, as well as wonderful recognition for NIU's Department of Accountancy.
  • NIU Business Dean earns the prestigious 2015 Outstanding Dean designation from Beta Alpha Psi (April 2015)
    The International Honors Society Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) named NIU Business Dean Denise Schoenbachler the 2015 Outstanding Dean. Schoenbachler's selection for this highly regarded honor recognizes her commitment to and longstanding support for the many student organizations -- Beta Alpha Psi, in particular -- in the NIU College of Business. Schoenbachler was nominated by NIU's Gamma Pi Chapter of BAP and then selected by the Board of Directors and leadership of the international honors society. Schoenbachler will be presented with the award during BAP's August 2015 annual meeting, which draws more than 1,500 students and faculty advisors from across the country and the world. Beta Alpha Psi is an honor organization for financial information students and professionals, with more than 300 chapters on college and university campuses and over 300,000 members initiated since BAP's formation in 1919.
  • Management faculty member receives the Beta Gamma Sigma Medallion for Entrepreneurship (April 2015)
    Management faculty member Dennis Barsema earned recognition from the international honor society for business students, Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS), and is included among this year's award recipients. BGS selected Barsema for their prestigious Beta Gamma Sigma Medallion for Entrepreneurship because of his success as an entrepreneur as well as positive impact to society and ethical business practices. Among his many significant contributions in business, academia, with students and with entrepreneurs in developing nations, Dennis Barsema is the visionary behind the creation of NIU's highly successful Social Entrepreneurship program, which is housed in the Department of Management in the College of Business. Mr. Barsema also teaches courses in the program.
  • Marketing Professor earns a new Named Professorship (January 2015)
    Tim Aurand, Professor of Marketing, has been named the James E. Thompson Professor of Marketing.  This professorship is named in honor of and funded by James E. (Jim) Thompson, an NIU marketing alumnus who established the professorship to ensure the NIU Department of Marketing continues to retain the best student-focused faculty who are accomplished scholars in the field of marketing.