Faculty use their research and professional projects to inform innovative teaching materials and co-curricular programming which further student learning. Remaining active with industry organizations and employers also gives them insight into the skills currently needed in the job market. Read about some outstanding teachers:
Richard Tate

Richard TateLecturer in the Dept. of Marketing and Director of the Center for Professional Sales, Richard Tate, was voted as this year's winner of the Dr. Otto C. Brenner Award for Outstanding Teaching.

The award is conferred annually by vote of the junior and senior students in the College of Business and honors the life and legacy of the late Otto C. Brenner, who during his long career at JMU was named "Outstanding Undergraduate Professor" more often than any other member of the College of Business faculty.

James Irving

James IrvingAssociate Professor in the School of Accounting, James "Jim" Irving, was recognized as this year's Distinguished Teacher at the annual Provost Awards.

This recognition cites the uniformly excellent job Jim has done teaching several different accounting classes. His work in the classroom previously led to his being voted by students in 2022 to receive the Otto Brenner Teaching Award. Last year he also served as the faculty speaker for the College of Business' commencement exercises.

Paul Copley

paul_copley_200x200.jpgProfessor in the School of Accounting, Paul Copley, has been selected as the new Journal of Accounting Education Professor in the School of Accounting. This appointment carries with it the concurrent title of Commonwealth of Virginia Eminent Scholar, signifying that the holder has made important contributions in the areas of teaching, research and service over an extended period.

Luis Novoa

Luis NovoaLuis Novoa, assistant professor of computer information systems and data analytics, is the recipient of this year's Distinguished Teacher Award. Dr. Novoa teaches challenging data analytics courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, employing innovative instructional tools to motivate and inspire his students. In addition to his classroom duties, he has been a major contributor to the development of a supply-chain analytics certificate.


Sergiy Dmytriyev

Sergiy Dmytriyev - 2021Assistant Professor of Business Management, Sergiy Dmytriyev, is co-editor of Humanizing Business: What Humanities Can Say to Business. The new book is part of the highly regarded Issues in Business Ethics series published by Springer and includes contributions from leading business scholars from around the world. The book explores how creative pursuits ranging from philosophy to filmmaking can help make business more humane.

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