Hats Off to Our Outstanding Faculty
As instructors, they provide in-depth learning with personal and professional applications. As researchers, they lead the way with innovative business insight. Several Neeley faculty members recently have been honored by TCU, Neeley students and their peers.

Julie Baker headshotEmerald Research Citation of Excellence
Julie Baker
, Professor of Marketing, was honored with the 2011 Citation of Excellence for her research, “Can a Retail Website be Social?” Emerald Management Reviews is a database of 280,000+ article abstracts from the top 300 management publications worldwide. Only 50 articles are singled out for special praise and awarded a Citation of Excellence. With 15,000 article abstracts added to the Emerald Management Reviews database annually, receiving a Citation of Excellence is an extraordinary achievement and represents one of the highest accolades that an author can achieve.

Bob Vigeland headshotEric Yorkston headshotTCU Teaching Honors
Bob Vigeland
, Professor of Accounting, received the university-wide Dean’s Teaching Award at TCU Commencement in December. Vigeland was recognized for outstanding service to the University during Fall Commencement in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.  Eric Yorkston, Associate Professor of Marketing, was recognized as a nominee for the Dean’s Research and Creativity Award.

Rob Rhodes headshotDan ShortEMBA Teaching Honors
Each December, Neeley Executive MBA students graduate from their 16-month program. As part of their hooding ceremony and recognition breakfast, the students choose an outstanding faculty member. This year, they chose two: Rob Rhodes, Professor of Professional Practice in Management, Entrepreneurship and Leadership, and Dan Short, Professor of Accounting.

Finalists in TCU’s Big Idea
Three Neeley faculty members are among four team finalists for TCU’s Big Idea search, from a field of 10 proposals to the TCU Quality Enhancement Council. During the 2011-12 academic year, TCU is searching for a Big Idea that will help unite TCU’s future efforts. Through the Quality Enhancement Plan, the campus community was invited to present proposals that support the theme of Innovation and Inquiry. The teams will now be working on their full proposals due May 1. The entire campus community will be invited to hear presentations from the teams on May 4.

Ray Smilor headshot• Ray Smilor, Schumacher Executive Faculty Fellow in Innovation and Technology, is a member of the team proposing Creativity Across Disciplines and Cultures: Inquiry, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Dr. Smilor leads the Coleman Faculty Fellows program at TCU, which teaches entrepreneurship across disciplines.

Beata Jones headshot• Beata Jones, Associate Professor of Professional Practice in Information Systems, is a member of the team proposing Transforming Campus and Community Through Community Engaged Scholarship. Dr. Jones is director of the Neeley Fellows honors program, which includes an annual year-long community service project.

Joe Lipscomb headshot• Joe Lipscomb, Professor of Finance, is a member of the team proposing Disciplina est Facultas: The Transforming Power of Inquiry, Global Integrated Learning, and Innovation. Dr. Lipscomb is director of the Luther King Capital Management Center for Financial Studies and 2011-12 Alumni Professor of the Year.