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Business faculty at Appalachian honored for excellence in teaching, research and service

080614cob.jpgBOONE—Four Appalachian State University faculty members in the Walker College of Business have received the college’s 2006 Award for Excellence.

Dr. Steven Millsaps received the award for teaching; Dr. Charlie Chen was honored for his research contributions; and the award for excellence in service was presented to Dr. Albert Harris. Roderic Baker was honored as the outstanding non-tenured faculty member.

Millsaps is a professor in the Department of Economics and teaches core courses in statistics. He was honored for his exceptional ability to cultivate an environment where learning is synonymous with understanding. He is well known for insisting that students comprehend the underlying mathematic basics of his curriculum.

“Dr. Millsaps is not only an excellent teacher, but he has made valuable contributions to the department and university through his service and research efforts,” wrote a colleague. Millsaps received the college’s Award for Excellence in Service in 2002. Millsaps is the first faculty member in the college’s history to receive two Awards for Excellence.

Millsaps received his Ph.D. from N.C. State University in 1974 and began teaching economics at Appalachian that same year.

Research award recipient Charlie Chen is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Information Systems.

Chen’s main areas of research are management information systems (MIS), international supervisory experience management, and production and operations management. His work has been cited in prominent management and technology journals. Chen also serves as a reviewer for many well-known journals in his field, including MIS Quarterly and the Journal of Information Science and Technology.

Chen received a master of business administration in international management from the American Graduate School of International Management in 1997 and a Ph.D. in MIS from Claremont Graduate University in 2003. Chen joined the faculty at Appalachian in 2003.

Albert Harris, a professor in the Department of Computer Information Systems, was recognized for his service to the college.

Harris serves on several Walker College of Business committees, including the Graduate Curriculum committee and Post Tenure Appeals Review committee. Harris is also active in the university community, serving as a member of the Graduate Council since 1999 and the Greek System Advisory Council since 2000.

Harris has served as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Information Systems Education and was a 2006 Fulbright Scholar to Portugal.

Harris received his Ph.D. in business administration from Georgia State University. He joined the Department of Computer Information Systems in 1989, and was department chair from 1998 until 2001.

The recipient of the non-tenured faculty award, Rod Baker, is an instructor in the Department of Finance and acts as the Finance and Banking Career Services coordinator.

Baker earned his master of business administration from the Pennsylvania State University in 2001. He has several years of experience in the banking profession as an international funds transfer specialist. Baker began teaching at Appalachian in 2004.

The business school’s faculty excellence awards are presented annually. Winners receive a monetary prize and a bronze medallion of the university seal.

The awards are made possible by a contribution from G.A. Sywassink, CEO of Standard Holding Company of Charlotte.


Photo caption: Charlie Chen, left, Roderic Baker, Steve Millsaps and Al Harris have been honored by the Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University. Chen was recognized for his research, Baker was honored for his contributions as a non-tenured faculty member, Millsaps was recognized for his teaching and Harris was honored for his service to the college. (Appalachian photo by University Photographer Mike Rominger)