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

Faculty_excellence_group_t.jpgBOONE—Four Appalachian State University faculty members in the Walker College of Business have received the college’s 2008 Award for Excellence.

Dr. Claudia Kelley received the Award for Excellence in Teaching; Dr. David Dickinson was honored for his research contributions; and the award for excellence in service was presented to Dr. Todd Cherry. Jan Woods was honored as the outstanding non-tenure track faculty member.

Jan Woods, Todd Cherry, Claudia Kelley, David Dickinson_t2.jpgJan Woods, left, Todd Cherry, Claudia Kelley and David Dickinson have been honored by the Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University. Woods was recognized for her contributions as a non-tenure track faculty member, Cherry was honored for his service contributions, Kelley was recognized for her teaching and Dickinson was honored for his research. (photo by university photographer Marie Freeman)

The awards are presented annually. Honorees 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.

Kelley is a professor in the Department of Accounting. She teaches courses in income taxation of corporations and individual taxation, as well as accounting regulation and partnerships.

She is a certified public accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. In addition, she serves as chairperson of the audit committee for AF Financial Group.

Kelley holds an M.S. degree from the University of Illinois and received a master of master of taxation degree (MTx) and Ph.D. from the University of Alabama. Kelley was an assistant professor at the University of Akron and a senior tax associate for Coopers & Lybrand before joining the faculty at Appalachian.

Dickinson received the college’s Award for Excellence in Research. He is an associate professor in the Department of Economics.

Dickinson’s main areas of research are experimental economics, bargaining and dispute resolution and labor economics. His work has been cited in prominent economics journals, such as the Journal of Socio-Economics, and the Experimental Economics.

Dickinson also serves as a reviewer for many well-known journals, including Southern Economic Journal and the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization.

Dickinson is a member of Appalachian’s Research Development group and is charged with facilitating and encouraging faculty external funding activities.

Dickinson received a master of arts degree in economics and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Arizona. He joined the faculty at Appalachian in 2004 after teaching at the Utah State University and Colgate University.

Cherry, an associate professor in the Department of Economics, was recognized for his service to the college.

Cherry has served on several Walker College of Business committees, including the Strategic Planning Committee and numerous search committees. He coordinates the Center for Economic Research and Policy Analysis and the Experimental Economics Laboratory.

Cherry has also been exceptionally active in the university community. Among other roles, he has served as a member of Appalachian’s Institute for Sustainability Taskforce and helped organize the Energy, Environment and Economics summit co-hosted in 2007 by Appalachian and the Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) based at N.C. State University.

Cherry received his Ph.D. in economics from University of Wyoming, a master of economics degree from UNC Greensboro and a B.S.B.A. in economics from Appalachian. He joined the faculty at Appalachian in 2001.

Cherry holds the college’s Harlan E. Boyles Partners in Excellence Professorship, serves as a research fellow for the Appalachian Energy Center, and is a faculty fellow for the Institute of Emerging Issues.

Woods has been an instructor in the Department of Accounting since 2001.

Before joining the Appalachian faculty, Woods was an instructor at Caldwell Community College and the owner of High Country Accounting.

Woods received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Appalachian. She is a certified public accountant.

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