Faculty Briefs (Summer 2013)

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Jeffrey L. Bennett, director, Automotive Technology Management, Michigan campus, recently contributed to the Automotive News Finance and Insurance Week webinar. Jeffrey is a graduate of Kenyon College and received his master’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Administration from Saginaw Valley State University. He has written two textbooks for Northwood University, Fixed Operations Management and Introduction to the Retail Automobile Business and is currently working on a textbook for Cengage Learning. Jeff enjoys photography and has had some of his photographs exhibited in different art shows, as well as illustrations in his textbooks.

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Dr. Jay Chandran, professor and chair, International Business Department, attended the 14th International Conference on Knowledge, Culture & Change in Organizations held June 13-15 at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. He presented a paper titled “The Ambiguity of Vision”. The paper will be published in the forthcoming issue of Management Education: An International Journal. Dr. Chandran has also been made an Associate Editor of the journal for the year 2013-14.

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Rebecca Chakraborty, associate professor, Economics, Michigan campus, made a poster presentation entitled “Use of WIKI through Blackboard” at Lily Conference, held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in October 2012. The Poster presentation focused on how Wiki can be used in Blackboard to encourage group projects both for face to face and online classes in economics. She also presented a paper, entitled “Human Capital and the state of the Indian BPO industry,” at the 20th annual conference of the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences held in Las Vegas in February 2013. The paper was written based on her experience working as a consultant for Tata Consultancy Services during the summer of 2012 in Mumbai, India.

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Stelian Grigoras and Alice Parsons, delivered a paper entitled “Streaming films in distance education: Copyright Law,” at the ETOM Fall Conference held on NU’s campus in Midland, Michigan in November 2012.

 

 

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Adam A. Guerrero, associate professor and lead faculty, DeVos Graduate School of Management, Michigan campus, co-authored the Michigan Chamber Foundation’s 2012 Michigan Economic Competitiveness Study. The study analyzed Michigan’s performance against the other 50 states on over 200 variables and also examined the significance of right-to-work legislation on state competitiveness. More recently, he has been involved in modeling persistence decisions for Northwood University’s full-time freshmen, transfer students at all levels, international students, and students enrolled in classes at the DeVos Graduate School of Management. Over 200,000 student-term decisions over the past 15 years are being examined relative to over 100 variables in an analysis of the factors that affect student enrollment, persistence, and graduation rates—models are being replicated for Northwood’s Michigan, Florida, and Texas campuses. Finally, after completing a certification education program at Rice University in financial planning, Adam expects to sit for the CFP examination this fall, after which he will tackle ASQ’s certification program in lean-six sigma continuous process improvement.

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Linda A. Mohr, adjunct professor, ADP Florida, was the Grand Marshal for Northwood University’s Florida commencement.

 

 

 

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Dr. Glenn Moots, chair and professor, Philosophy and Political Science, Michigan campus, completed a research fellowship at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, and published an essay on the American Revolution in an edited collection titled, “Revolutions Finished and Unfinished: From ‘Primal’ to ‘Final.’” and published review essays in American Historical Review and Journal of Religious History. He also attended conferences at the Huntington Library and Princeton University. As director of the Forum for Citizenship and Enterprise, he secured a grant to celebrate the legacy of Milton Friedman as part of a joint program with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Midland, MI.

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William Newman, adjunct professor, ADP Michigan, recently led an online workshop “Sustaining Networks” for the University of Oregon, Sustainability Leadership Program. The workshop focused on Triple Bottom-Line (TBL) business practices in the area of sustainable supply chain and value chain management. In addition, Mr. Newman also recently presented “Enterprise Risk Management: Align to Your Goals and Actions” at the SAP Inside Track and user group meeting in Toronto, Canada. Mr. Newman is a member of the business influencer program with SAP and volunteers as the local Michigan chapter communications chair (Northwood University is a member of the SAP University Alliance program).

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Lisa A. Prue, associate professor and chair, Accounting, Florida campus, has completed 120 hours of continuing education in auditing and global accounting topics during 2012-2013 as part of her requirements as a Licensed Certified Public Accountant.

 

 

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Martha Milan Rader, adjunct faculty, DeVos Graduate School of Management, Florida campus, retired from the financial services and banking industries with over 33 years experience (GMAC & SunTrust Bank) and is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program with The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Organizational Leadership and anticipates conducting her dissertation on the controversial Millennial Generation relating to organizational challenges and opportunities. She also received her ETOM certification for teaching online courses.

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Ed Rosebach, adjunct professor, ADP Michigan, worked with Wounded Warriors and its Michigan area leader, Don Heeringa, Chairman of Trendway Corporation, to promote “Wounded Warriors Come to Speed Week!” held in July. The special week-long event hosted by Speed Week at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah welcomes wounded veterans as its special guests. Attendees will participate in a variety of social events, a fashion show, and enjoy track-side time with people who come from all over in the never ending quest to be the fastest vehicle on the course and set a new land speed record.

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George Stamas, adjunct professor, Finance and Entrepreneurship, Florida campus, delivered a presentation about Northwood University, including its business programs and the Entrepreneurship Society, during a dinner meeting to the Angel Investor Forum of Florida (AIFFL). NU is the first collegiate member of this active group of investors and intermediaries. The goal of the program is to enhance the experience of NU students through interaction with professionals in a real life environment. The AIFFL dinners feature a guest speaker plus a minimum of two business plan presentations by active companies looking for additional capital or by start-up companies with well-conceived business plans. Starting in August 2013, two Northwood students will be invited to join Mr. Stamas at each dinner. Students do not have to be entrepreneurship majors to attend, but they must demonstrate a keen interest in the subject.

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Grace Shore, adjunct professor, ADP Michigan, has worked for the Macomb County Chamber of Commerce as the CEO for the past 34 years. The Chamber was named Outstanding Chamber of the Year in 2012 by the Michigan Association of Chamber Professionals and is a well- respected organization known for its impact on Macomb County. Grace earned her undergraduate degree at Northwood University and teaches classes in the entrepreneurship program. She has also been involved in two business start-ups.

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Weikang “Ken”  Wang, professor, Marketing, Michigan campus, was recently selected to the NCAA Olympic Sports Liaison Committee and will begin his term of service September 1, 2013. The purpose of the Olympic Sports Liaison Committee is to provide education, as well as facilitate communication and understanding between the NCAA, the USOC (United States Olympic Committee), and the national governing bodies regarding NCAA rules and regulations as they apply to world-class athletes.

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Shelley Wells, adjunct professor, ADP Michigan, is a proud Northwood University graduate who currently works at Michigan State University (MSU), as an Assistant Director in the Human Resources Department. She is Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) certified. Over the past four years she has played a key role in an initiative to successfully implement campus-wide human resource information system (HRIS) at MSU. Also, she is working on a project to improve the delivery of customer service utilizing new technologies in the department.