Emeritus Recognition 2020

About Emeritus/Emerita Status

The awarding of emerita/emeritus status is a significant honor, typically given at the end of one’s formal institutional career, in recognition of a sustained and distinguished career of teaching, scholarship, and service within the academic community.  The awarding of emerita/emeritus status is not an automatic entitlement, but rather represents the recommendation of one’s department, college, and campus.

Chancellor Susan Koch invites you to join her in congratulating the five colleagues listed below, who have been awarded or recommended for emeritus status since last year’s recognition event.

Rassule Hadidi

head-and-shoulders photo of Rassule Hadidi

Rassule Hadidi joined the UIS/SSU faculty as an assistant professor in the Mathematical Systems Program in 1981, after having earned his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He was promoted to associate professor in 1985, awarded tenure in 1987, and promoted to full professor in 1996.

Dr. Hadidi was instrumental in the development of UIS’ master’s degree in Management Information Systems (MIS) and served as convener from the program’s inception. He served most recently as head of the MIS Department from 2016 until his retirement. Professor Hadidi developed and offered one of UIS’ first fully online graduate courses in 1997, and he taught 14 different graduate and undergraduate courses. Dr. Hadidi’s research interests include healthcare informatics, quality of healthcare data, cloud computing, online and blended teaching and learning pedagogy, and curriculum development and quality assessment. He received the Hanson Professional Services Faculty Scholar Award in 2007 and the Faculty Excellence Award in 2016.

Professor Hadidi published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles and delivered more than 65 presentations at professional conferences. His external service includes responsibilities as President and At-Large Director of the Midwest United States Association for Information Systems, and founding and currently Managing Editor of the Journal of the Midwest Association for Information Systems. Dr. Hadidi is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Society for Advancement of Management.

Carol Jessup

head-and-shoulders photo of Carol JessupCarol M. Jessup earned her Ph.D. in Business Administration from Saint Louis University, with a major in Management and a minor in Public Policy Studies. She taught in the UIS Accountancy Department for 20 years.  Professor Jessup primarily taught and researched in the areas of auditing and governmental and nonprofit accounting; her research interests also include fraud and online learning topics. She has written and reviewed CPA Exam questions, and she is being honored in June with a leadership award from the Illinois CPA Society. Dr. Jessup is currently Editor-in-Chief of The North American Accounting Studies and chairs the Editorial Board for the Journal of Government Financial Management of the Association of Government Accountants. She has served UIS on various committees.

In addition to her academic experience, Dr. Jessup held several positions in state and local government.  She was a grant accountant, an internal auditor, served as a staff member of the team that implemented Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) in the State of Illinois, managed a municipal finance department, and provided expert witness testimony in utility regulatory proceedings. Dr. Jessup serves on the audit committee for the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln. She is a licensed CPA in Illinois and a Certified Fraud Examiner.

Laurel Newman

head-and-shoulders photo of Laurel NewmanLaurel Newman earned her Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and her M.B.A. from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. She joined the UIS/SSU faculty in 1993 as an assistant professor in the Department of Management, and she was awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor in the Department of Business Administration in 2000.

Most recently, Dr. Newman served as the Executive Director of the Center for Academic Success and as Campus Ombuds. Prior to these roles, her appointments included Director of Online Programs for the College of Business and Management, and Department Chair. Professor Newman serves the community through board service on several area non-profits. She currently serves as the Board Chair for the South Central Illinois Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Dr. Newman’s disciplinary area is Organizational Behavior, and she has pursued research related to online learning, management education, work-life integration, cross-cultural adaptation and adaptation to change in the workplace. In 2015, she was a co-recipient of an Online Effective Practice Award from the Online learning Consortium for her leadership with COPE-l, the UIS Community of Practice in E­ learning. In 2011, Professor Newman received the Burks Oakley II Distinguished Online Teaching Award.

Hazel Rozema

head-and-shoulders photo of Hazel RozemaHazel Rozema has been a member of the UIS faculty since 1997, when she joined the Department of Communication as an assistant professor. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas, and held prior academic appointments at Western Michigan University, the University of Arkansas, Millikin University, and Minnesota State University. Dr. Rozema was awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor in 2000.

Throughout her career in academia, Dr. Rozema has been recognized for accolades from top papers at regional and national conferences to teaching awards, such as our prestigious Pearson Award in 2001. She has presented at over 90 academic conferences and has 30+ publications. Professor Rozema has developed and taught graduate and undergraduate courses ranging from Interracial Communication to Public Relations.

Dr. Rozema has provided a wealth of service to her university communities, as well as the communities in which she has lived. Highlights of her UIS service include chairing 38 thesis/project committees and serving on over 50 more. She has also administered the department’s comprehensive exams, three times a year for the past 16 years.

Professor Rozema is known for her passion for civic involvement. She has spent many years and many hours canvasing and encouraging others to exercise their right to get their voices heard.

Robert Wright

head-and-shoulders photo of Robert WrightRobert Wright received the Ph.D. in Business Administration, with a major in Marketing, from Indiana University in 1991. He began teaching at UIS/SSU in fall 1991. Dr. Wright was tenured and promoted to associate professor in 1997 and promoted to full professor in 2004.

Professor Wright’s drive for excellence in scholarship led to 38 articles in well-regarded academic publications, and his scholarship contributed to the college’s efforts to obtain and maintain AACSB accreditation. Dr. Wright spent a significant amount of time mentoring new faculty in how to balance the demands of scholarship and teaching. His diverse teaching experience at UIS included courses across levels, times, locations, and delivery modes. Professor Wright’s successful scholarship and teaching activities were recognized by the University of Illinois in 2001, when he was named the UIS University Scholar.

Dr. Wright was highly engaged in service activities for department, college, and university over his 28 years at UIS/SSU. In addition to serving as a member of many committees, including the college’s Executive Committee, he undertook leadership responsibilities for Academic Freedom and Tenure, Campus Athletics and Recreation, and Campus Student Life Committees, as well as multiple Post Tenure Review Committees. Dr. Wright’s service includes work with the Springfield business community for many years in his role as Chair of the Business Education Advisory Committee.

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