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Dr. Elias Semaan

Elias SemaanPoets&Quants for Undergrads has named finance professor Elias Semaan in its listing of “Favorite Professors of the Class of 2017”.  In nominating Dr. Semaan for the honor, 2017 CoB graduate Michael Habib described the professor as a role model and mentor who “constantly challenges me and pushes me to my fullest potential.” Habib was especially grateful for Dr. Semaan’s guidance during his stint as a leader of the Madison Investment Fund. “By entrusting me with important responsibilities and mentoring me through them, Dr. Semaan has helped me become more confident in my own abilities and realize what I am capable of accomplishing,” Habib said. 

To read the full article, visit https://poetsandquantsforundergrads.com/2017/08/22/favorite-professors-class-2017/2/

Dr. Janna Parker

Janna ParkerMarketing professor Dr. Janna Parker was named a “Top Digital Marketing Professor” by HubSpot’s Education Partner Program. JMU is the only Virginia school represented in the listing by HubSpot, an online site that provides resources for faculty who teach marketing, sales, communications and entrepreneurship. The recognition exemplifies the Department of Marketing’s rise to national prominence in the field of digital marketing—an area where JMU professors strive to connect classroom learning and practical experiences.

Dr. Paul Copley

Paul Copley receiving the Distinguished Teacher Award - 2017Dr. Paul Copley, Professor of Accounting, was selected for the 2017 Provost’s Distinguished Teacher Award for the College of Business. Each year, a College of Business faculty member is selected for this award based on an established record of exemplary teaching.

Dr. Theresa Clarke

Theresa ClarkeDr. Theresa Clarke won the 2017 Business Classics Award for her Paid Search (PPC) using Google AdWords Assignment featured on Multimedia Educational Resource for Leaning and Online Teaching.

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Dr. Fariss-Terry Mousa

Fariss-Terry MousaDr. Fariss-Terry Mousa, Associate Professor of Management and Zane D. Showker Professor of Entrepreneurship, was selected for the 2016 Provost’s Distinguished Teacher Award for the College of Business. Each year, a College of Business faculty member is selected for this award based on an established record of exemplary teaching.

Dr. Mert Tokman

Mert TokmanDr. Mert Tokman was named the 2016 JMU Recipient of the Provost Award for Excellence in International Education for his significant contributions in the area of international education through research, study abroad, service-learning, curriculum design, work with international students and/or other relevant activities. Nominations were reviewed on the basis of commitment to international education, impact on the university community, and degree of collaboration within and outside the university.

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Dr. Paul Copley

Paul CopleyPaul Copley, the KPMG professor of accounting at James Madison University (JMU), has received the 2016 Educator Award from the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Association of Government Accountants. The award is given in recognition of Copley’s significant contributions to the education and training of government financial managers.

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Dr. Elias Semaan

Eric SemaanThe ‘Dolley’ Leadership awards are named after Dolley Madison, the wife of James Madison. This year, three outstanding members of the College of Business (CoB) were recognized: Dr. Elias Semaan and marketing students Joseph Straub and Mary Smilack

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Dr. Brad Roof

Brad RoofTeaching two unrelated academic disciplines is challenging. But for accounting and wine studies professor Brad Roof, the pleasure comes from working with students who are motivated and eager to learn.

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Dr. Diane Lending

Diane LendingDr. Diane Lending was recently awarded with Kenneth Bartee Teaching Innovation Award.

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