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Business Faculty at Appalachian Recognized for Excellence

cob.jpgBOONE–Four Appalachian State University faculty members have received the 2002 Awards for Excellence in Teaching, Research and Service from the Walker College of Business.

Accounting associate professor Bill Baker was honored for his teaching. Finance professor Terry Keasler received the research award, and economics professor Steve Millsaps received the college’s service award.

The college started a new award this year honoring an outstanding non-tenured faculty member. It was presented to Sandy Vannoy, a lecturer in the Department of Information Technology and Operations Management.

“Dr. Baker demonstrates excellence as a teacher and demands excellence of his students,” according to accounting chair Randy Edwards. Teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses, Baker has earned a reputation as a caring teacher who places rigorous demands on his students.

In addition to teaching, Baker has been a faculty advisor for students in the business honors program, mentoring them in their thesis preparations. He also has been a long-time member of the University Research Council.

During the past 10 years, Baker has been active in the Catawba Valley Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants, teaching the Certified Management Accounting (CMA) review course, mentoring new CMAs, and speaking at numerous chapter technical meetings.

The organization nominated him for the Institute of Management Accountants National Educator of the Year Award for 2000-01.

Baker received B.S. and M.A. degrees in accounting from the University of Tennessee and a Ph.D. in business from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He taught for five years at The University of South Carolina before joining the Walker College faculty in 1991.

An active researcher and recipient of several research grants, Keasler’s work has been widely published in academic and trade journals. “Over the past three years, my published papers have involved basic research in finance as well as articles that relate to teaching,” said Keasler.

He has provided consultation services for the federal government, businesses and education administration. For nine years, he served as program area coordinator in investments and portfolio analysis for the Midsouth Academy of Economics and Finance, and has served as ad hoc editor for several professional journals.

For many years Keasler has been faculty advisor to the student Finance Club and has led several student trips to New York City. He serves on the Off Campus Residential Facilities Advisory Board and has directed activities at the Washington, D.C., Appalachian House several times.

He is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society.

Keasler came to Appalachian in 1987.

He received a B.S. in social science from Livingston University, and an M.A. in economics and a Ph.D. in finance from the University of Alabama.

He previously taught at Livingston University and worked for Universal Securities, Thomson McKinnon Securities and Dean Witter.

Early in his 30-year career at Appalachian, Millsaps served as director of interdisciplinary studies and associate dean of the General College. He transferred to the Department of Economics in 1977.

His numerous and varied service activities include Faculty Senate, the State of North Carolina Retirement System Advisory Council, newspaper columnist, acting chair of the Department

of Economics, conference presenter, journal article referee, chair of the Brashear Prize Writing Competition, and group leader for freshman orientation and the summer reading program.

Millsaps was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Yugoslavia and received the Board of Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Teaching.

According to Millsaps, the centerpiece of his service to Appalachian was co-organizing the 1987 Broyhill Forum on Economic Issues that brought Nobel Laureate James M. Buchanan, N.C.Senator Terry Sanford and well-known economist Robert J. Barro to campus.

Millsaps received a B.S. in chemical engineering and a Ph.D. from N.C. State University.

Her colleagues and students alike recognize Vannoy as an outstanding teacher. “She has the ability to communicate effectively with students, provide feedback and assistance when needed and is always well prepared for class,” according to Faye Sawyer, acting chair of the Department of Information Technology and Operations Management.

Vannoy has developed several new upper-level courses for the information technology curriculum. She is active on committees, serves as faculty advisor for Phi Beta Lambda professional business fraternity and as an honors thesis advisor.

Her research efforts have primarily been centered in the area of improving the quality of instruction.

Vannoy received B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from Appalachian and has taught in the Walker College since 1998. Prior to joining the faculty, she was a co-owner of Montage Data Systems.

The business school’s faculty excellence awards are presented annually. Winners receive a monetary prize and a bronze medallion with the university seal. The awards are made possible with a contribution from G.A. Sywassink, CEO of Standard Holding Company of Charlotte. A member and former chair of the college’s business advisory council, Sywassink, an honorary alumnus of Appalachian, also serves on the Appalachian State University Foundation Board.


Picture Caption: Four faculty members at Appalachian State University have received the awards for excellence in teaching, research and service from the Walker College of Business. They are Steve Millsaps, left, Sandy Vannoy, Bill Baker and Terry Keasler. Millsaps received the college’s service award. Vannoy received the outstanding non-tenured faculty award. Baker was honored for his teaching and Keasler received the research award. Appalachian photo by University Photographer Mike Rominger.