Management, Marketing & Operations
Dr. Ranjan Karri has been recognized to participate in the President’s Executive Leadership Program, a unique professional development opportunity and experience for selected senior-level faculty and administrators across the University of Illinois System. Consisting of four seminars held during a 12-month period, the objective of the leadership program is to broaden understanding of higher education issues and to strengthen skill sets in leading and managing a public institution at the university or system level. The Board of Trustees supports the program as a mechanism for identifying and developing a diverse group of potential future university and system leaders. President Killeen is actively involved in all aspects of the program, attends the seminars, and interacts extensively with participants.
Barb Wilson, U of I System Executive Vice President and Vice President for Academic Affairs, recently announced the second cohort for the system-wide Public Voices Fellowship. Dr. Shipra Gupta, UIS Department of Business Administration, was awarded the honor for 20-21.
The national Public Voices Fellowship is a unique opportunity led by The OpEd Project and designed for tenure-system faculty. The program is part of a national initiative to help faculty amplify their expertise in ways that can contribute to public conversations about pressing issues. The 20 faculty in this second cohort will attend four sessions held during the 2020-21 academic year and will be paired with a journalism mentor that provides one-on-one editing and coaching, with the goal of publishing two op-ed pieces during the program. More than 40 nominations from across our three universities were received for the program and the selection process was very competitive. Diversity of background and experiences as well as university representation were factors in the selection process.
Dr. Sudeep Sharma, a faculty member in the Management, Marketing & Operations Department, was awarded the prestigious 2020 Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst German Academic Exchange Service Fellowship. Every year, ten or less U.S. researchers are chosen after a rigorous selection procedure across all areas of research. This award included generous financial support for his scholarly research.
UIS SAM Wins Big at International Collegiate Business Skills Championship
The UIS Society for the Advancement of Management (SAM) chapter took home eight awards from the International Collegiate Business Skills Championship 2020, including first place for Campus Chapter Performance in the small chapter division. Nineteen university chapters competed in the annual skills competition which was held remotely this year.
Awards won by UIS students were: first place Extemporaneous Speech, second place in Case Competition, second place Written Case, third place Overall Individual Award, and Outstanding student. UIS also won Overall Performance Award and Hasan Kartal was named Outstanding Adviser.
Dr. Atul Agarwal Recognized for Excellence in Teaching
The 2020 Pearson Faculty Award for outstanding teaching was presented to Atul Agarwal, professor of management information systems. The award recognizes a faculty member whose performance exemplifies UIS’ commitment to excellence in teaching and who stands among the very best teachers on campus. Such a teacher both informs and inspires students, giving them the knowledge and values with which they may become productive and enlightened citizens. The award was established by a gift from Emmet and Mary Pearson, longtime benefactors of the campus.
Agarwal joined UIS in 2009. Since then, he has taught many undergraduate and graduate courses in the operations management and management information systems areas. He has excellent teaching evaluation ratings that are above department, college and university percentages. Students describe Agarwal as being “very responsive” and “one of the best professors I’ve had…at UIS.” His teaching philosophy is well articulated and rests on five pillars of educational excellence to: create a learner-centered environment, encourage active learning, create “learned” vs. “high grade” individuals, encourage learning with fun and integrate new knowledge from scholarly work into student learning. He also applies great teaching innovation in his classes through his creation of class simulations that encourage experiential learning.
Dr. Shipra Gupta Teaches in Germany
Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt’s (THI) Business School in Germany recently invited Dr. Shipra Gupta to teach a seminar on consumer behavior in retailing. It is part of a larger module entitled: Market research and consumer behavior in retailing. She also recently published a paper with her research mentee, Dr. Merve Coskun, in the prestigious Journal of Consumer Behavior.