Seven Appalachian State University professors have been appointed to professorships in the Walker College of Business.
Four additional professors have been reappointed to second terms of professorships they have held since 2018.
Each professorship recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding performance in instruction, scholarship and service.
The recipients receive a salary stipend to further advance their work.
The individuals retain the professorship for two years.
Professors Bonnie Guy, Lakshmi Iyer, Mark Lewis and John Whitehead have been awarded endowed professorships in the Walker College.
These professorships are named in honor of significant benefactors to the college.
Bonnie Guy, John W. Guffey Jr. Professorship
Dr. Bonnie Guy has been appointed as the John W. Guffey Jr. Professor.
Dr. Guy is a professor in the Department of Marketing & Supply Chain Management whose teaching interests include consumer behavior, international marketing and marketing strategy. She recently received the 2020 Sywassink Award for Excellence in teaching. Dr. Guy’s research interests include older consumers and cognitive processing and consumer ambivalence, among others. She earned a BBA in marketing and an MBA from Middle Tennessee State University and a PhD in marketing from the University of Nebraska.
The Guffey Professorship is named for John W. Guffey Jr., retired chairman and CEO of Coltec Industries Inc., which merged with BF Goodrich in 1999. It was established in 2000 and was funded by John and Monique Guffey.
Lakshmi Iyer, L.M. Baker Jr. Partners in Excellence Professor
Dr. Lakshmi Iyer has been appointed the L.M. Baker Jr. Partners in Excellence Professor.
Dr. Iyer, a professor in the Department of Computer Information Systems, joined the faculty at Appalachian in 2017 and has served as director of the college's Master of Science in Applied Data Analytics program since 2018. Dr. Iyer's research interests are in the area of emerging technologies and the impact on organizations and users and social inclusion in computing. Dr. Iyer holds a master's degree from the University of Alabama and a PhD from the University of Georgia.
The Baker Professorship is named for Retired Wachovia CEO L.M. "Bud" Baker, Jr.
Mark Lewis, Duane D. Daggett Professor in Management
Dr. Mark Lewis has been appointed the Duane D. Daggett Professor in Management.
Dr. Lewis is an assistant professor in the Department of Management, where he teaches strategic management, creativity and innovation and decision making. Dr. Lewis' research interests include strategic use of information technology, technology and innovation management, design thinking and individual creativity. He earned an MS, an MBA and his PhD from Georgia State University.
The professorship is named for Duane Daggett, who served as an executive in residence in the Walker College of Business from 1986 until 2000. The Daggett professorship was established by M. Lee Barnes Jr. and his wife, Christy L. Barnes.
John Whitehead, Beroth Oil – 4 Brothers Food Stores Professor
Dr. John Whitehead has been appointed the Beroth Oil – 4 Brothers Food Stores Professor.
A professor in the Department of Economics, Dr. Whitehead research interests include environmental economics and natural resource economics. Dr. Whitehead earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Kentucky.
The Beroth Oil – 4 Brothers Food Stores professorship was established in 1999 by Winston-Salem-based Beroth Oil and 4 Brothers Food Stores.
Tracy Reed, Honorable Harlan E. Boyles Professor
Accounting Professor Tracy Reed has been reappointed to the Honorable Harlan E. Boyles Professorship for a second term. She has held the professorship since 2018.
An endowment to fund the Boyles professorship was established in 1991 to honor the late N.C. Treasurer Harlan Boyles, who was a member of the state government for more than 49 years. The endowment is funded by contributions from Boyles' family, friends and colleagues.
Dean's Club Professorships
The Walker College of Business Dean's Club is an annual giving society designed to benefit our faculty and students. Dean's Club support helps fund additional professorships in the Walker College.
Drs. Pia Albinsson, Joseph Cazier and Rachel Shinnar have been named Dean's Club Professors.
Pia Albinsson, Dean's Club Professor
Dr. Pia Albinsson has been appointed a Dean's Club Professor.
Dr. Albinsson is a professor in the Department of Marketing whose teaching interests include collaborative consumption, consumer activism, corporate social responsibility and advertising effectiveness. Dr. Albinsson earned the Walker College's 2018 Sywassink Award for Excellence in Research and received the 2016 China Studies Institute Zhi-Xing China Academic Leaders Fellowship. Before joining the faculty at Appalachian in 2009, Dr. Albinsson worked in the tourism industry in Greece as well as banking and finance in her native Stockholm, Sweden. Dr. Albinsson earned her MBA and her Ph.D. in business administration and marketing from New Mexico State University.
Joseph Cazier, Dean's Club Professor
Dr. Joseph Cazier has been appointed a Dean's Club Professor.
Dr. Cazier is a professor in the Department of Computer Information Systems and director of Appalachian’s Center for Analytics Research and Education. Dr. Cazier, a past recipient of the Walker College’s Sywassink Award for Excellence in Research, is a leader in the field of analytics and has published and worked extensively on grant-funded projects using analytics to build a better world, especially in the areas of education and sustainability. Dr. Cazier earned an MBA from Brigham Young University and a PhD in information systems from Arizona State University.
Rachel Shinnar, Dean's Club Professor
Dr. Rachel Shinnar is a professor and the assistant chair in the Department of Management.
Dr. Shinnar’s research focuses on upward mobility for Hispanic immigrants in their respective careers and entrepreneurship education for minorities and females. Dr. Shinnar is a two-time recipient of Sywassink Awards, having earned the excellence research award in 2013 and the excellence in teaching award in 2018.
Dr. Shinnar holds an M.S. and a Ph.D from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and earned a B.A. from Tel Aviv University in Israel.
Heather Dixon, Tammy Kowalczyk and Ash Morgan, Dean’s Club Professors
Management Professor Heather Dixon, Accounting Professor Tammy Kowalczyk and Economics Professor Ash Morgan have been reappointed to second terms of Dean’s Club Professorships. They have held the professorships since 2018.