Recognizing the contribution of faculty and staff

Southern Illinois University



Recognizing the contribution of faculty and staff

May 13, 2016, Svetlana Bondar


On May 2, the College of Business recognized the hard work of its faculty and staff. Seven individuals representing various functions and departments within the college were honored for their accomplishments and contributions over the past academic year.

Greg DeYong, assistant professor of operations management, was named the 2016 College of Business Outstanding Researcher of the Year. DeYong teaches undergraduate classes focusing on supply chain management, advanced operations management and operations strategy for global competition. He has published research articles in the European Journal of Operational Research and Production and Inventory Management Journal, and has also prepared educational materials for McGraw-Hill/Irwin. DeYong has conducted numerous research presentations at academic conferences and has been a member of APICS (The Association for Operations Management) for more than a decade. He also is a member of the Decision Sciences Institute and INFORMS (The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences).

Jim Nelson received the Cherry-Hill Business Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award. Nelson teaches several online and on-campus courses, including Computer Information Systems, Management of Information Systems and Advanced AIS. He has been part of the SIU College of Business for more than 10 years. His previous experiences include working at the San Jose, California, office of the IBM Santa Theresa Labs as a senior programmer, and teaching at Ohio State University, the University of Utah, the University of Kansas and the University of Colorado. When he is not teaching or researching, Nelson is a private pilot. He owns a small aircraft named "Juliet" that he uses to visit family and friends all across the Midwest.

Darla Karnes, a senior lecturer in accountancy, was recognized as the Outstanding Term Faculty. Karnes has been a faculty member in the College of Business since 2000. During that time she has taught more than 140 classes and 7,000 students in the areas of financial and managerial accounting, as well as taxation. Karnes earned her undergraduate degree at SIU in health care management in 1985 and worked in the health care industry for more than 15 years before becoming a faculty member in the College of Business. In 1997 Karnes passed the CPA exam in Illinois, and in 2000 she earned her Master of Accountancy with a specialization in taxation from SIU.

John Pearson, professor of management, was named the Outstanding Graduate Teacher of the Year. Pearson, a native of Minnesota, earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Minnesota's St. Cloud State University, and a doctorate in business administration from Mississippi State University. He has been a member of the College of Business faculty since 2001, and he possesses a unique passion for research. He is studying team building through technology, the positive and negative impact of internet technology, website design and organizational decision making as related to technology investment. Before joining the Saluki family, Pearson was the recipient of the Extraordinary Teaching Award from the College of Business Administration at Kansas State University from 1992 through 1994.

Several students working in the College of Business were recognized for their accomplishments as well. The Outstanding Graduate Assistant Teacher of the Year award was given to David Houghton, who recently graduated with a doctoral degree in marketing. Houghton, a two-degree alumnus from University of Central Missouri (UCM), helped to build KTBG-FM 90.9 "The Bridge," a Kansas City-area public radio station, which airs a music format called adult album alternative (AAA), as well as National Public Radio news programming. While at KTBG, Houghton led online marketing efforts, developed an e-commerce site for accepting online donations and managed on-site concert promotions. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music with a concentration in music technology, in addition to a master’s degree in business administration from UCM. Houghton taught various courses in audio production within UCM’s communication department.

The Outstanding Student Worker award was given to Madison Preece, an undergraduate student who works in the Department of Management. Preece joined the department in May 2014, two days after she graduated from Murphysboro High School. Preece is a member of the Organization of Paralegal Students, as well as the Criminal Justice Association. She plans to graduate with a degree in paralegal studies and a certificate in event planning and management. Her career plans include working in family law and having her own wedding planning company. Preece said she enjoys working for the College of Business because it provides her with office experience that will be valuable in her career. She also enjoys working with the faculty, staff, and students.

The award for exceptional contribution to service also was awarded May 2. Jeffery Reece, director of recruitment and admissions, was recognized for his service to the college. He received the Outstanding Service Contributor award. Reece has grown up around the culture of being a Saluki. After a short stint living in St. Louis, where he worked in human resources, he returned to school to further his education and expand his horizons. For him, SIU was an easy choice. Reece, who earned his bachelor’s degree in 2007 and master’s degree in 2008 from SIU, is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Workforce Education and Development. While taking business courses during his undergraduate program, he had the opportunity to participate in the College of Business’ study abroad program in France, which is offered by the college every spring. Reece began his SIU career in 2014. Since then, he has endeavored to develop online programs, teach business courses and enhance his human resource skills.

Congratulations to all of the College of Business award winners. Their hard work and dedication is greatly appreciated.