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Outstanding Faculty and Staff Recognition

March 27, 2017, Chelsea Kujawa

${image-alt} Pictured from left: Cheryl Burke Jarvis, Wanli Zhao, Gregory DeYong, Timothy Marlo and Kimberly Little

Each year, the College of Business recognizes outstanding faculty and staff members who go above and beyond what is expected of them. All of these individuals are deserving of their awards, and they help make the College of Business unique in providing our students with the building blocks they need to be successful.

Cheryl Burke Jarvis is the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Graduate Teacher of the Year Award. Jarvis is a professor of marketing for the College of Business. She came to the college in the fall of 2009 from Arizona State University, where she was a faculty member for nine years. She served as chair of the Department of Marketing from 2012 to 2014 and served as associate dean from 2014 to 2016.

“I’m very honored to have been recognized, especially given the strength of our graduate faculty and graduate programs in the College of Business,” Jarvis said. “In my case, the award is based on my work with many of our business doctoral students over the last several years. Mentoring doctoral students is the most rewarding aspect of my teaching career, as well as the most challenging and time-consuming. I value the chance to work individually with these students over a period of several years to help prepare them to be successful college professors once they graduated. Doing so reminds me on a daily basis just how lucky I am to have this terrific career!”

Gregory DeYong is the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Researcher of the Year Award. DeYong is an assistant professor of operations management. In addition to his more than 15 years of industrial experience in purchasing, scheduling, ERP systems and factory management, DeYong holds a degree in chemistry, as well as an MBA, a master’s degree and a doctorate in operations management.

“I’m naturally very proud to be selected as the outstanding researcher for the College of Business,” DeYong said. “All of us in academia understand that research is one of the main functions of any university, and that is particularly true for a highly active research community such as SIU. I’m happy to be able to contribute to the strong tradition of research that has been established here in Carbondale, and I truly appreciate this recognition.”

Kimberly Little is the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Service Award. Little began her involvement with the College of Business online undergraduate programs in fall 2014. In addition to her work with students, she is a member of the Academic Advisory Council, Core Curriculum Redesign and Implementation Task Force, Saluki Cares, EAB Student Success Collaborative and the Degree Works Implementation committee.

“Receiving the College of Business Outstanding Service Award is humbling and inspiring,” Little said. “It is an honor to be nominated and acknowledged, and to work alongside colleagues who continually inspire all with their commitment, dedication, diligence and passion for helping our students, college and institution.”

Timothy Marlo is the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Term Faculty Award. Marlo, a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Finance, is the faculty advisor to the Saluki Student Investment Fund (SSIF), where he oversees students who are getting hands-on experience in portfolio management and investment research.

“I’m so grateful to receive the award,” Marlo said. “We have outstanding faculty at the College of Business, and to simply be able to work with them on a daily basis is an honor all on its own.”

Wanli Zhao is the recipient of the 2017 Cherry-Hill Business Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award. Zhao joined the college in fall 2012, and his research focuses on corporate governance issues, such as boards of directors, financial reporting quality, executive compensation and informal trading.

“It’s absolutely a great honor to receive this award,” Zhao said. “Undergraduate teaching is the core activity at SIU – and, for a faculty member, the award recognizes my efforts in undergraduate teaching performance and incentivizes me to explore further about improving the learning experience for the students.”

Paige Logan, a student worker in the marketing department, is the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Student Worker Award. Logan will be honored at Honors Day on April 8 at 3 p.m. in Morris Library.

Congratulations to all of the recipients of the faculty and staff awards. All of you help make the College of Business unique, and you supply our students with a foundation that will make them successful in the real world.