MSU-College of Business Faculty and Staff Recognized


Each spring MSU recognizes top faculty members in research, teaching, outreach and creative projects. This year, three College of Business faculty members were presented with prestigious and highly competitive campus-wide awards. The College of Business Code of Excellence award is also presented each spring to the person who most exemplifies the core values of the College.

Linda Ward, assistant to the Director of the Bracken Center, is a familiar face around Reid Hall. She was voted by her peers to be worthy of the 2007 Code of Excellence Award. Susan Dana, the Director of the Bracken Center, proudly stated, "Linda has become the heart of the student experience at the College, and her winning this award amounts to well-deserved recognition by the entire College of Linda's enormous positive effect on the lives of all members of the College community."

Dan Moshavi, associate professor of management, received the 2007 Cox Family Award for Creative Scholarship and Teaching. Moshavi teaches courses across the business curriculum and has been an enormous asset to the College of Business for the past seven years. He earned a Ph.D. in management and organizational studies from the University of Oregon and both a master's and bachelor's degree from George Washington University in Washington DC. His research focuses on professional services management, social power in the classroom and leadership education and development. In the classroom, Moshavi utilizes the tools of improvisation, wit, and positive regard to facilitate team building, learning and creativity among his students. Students appreciate the enthusiasm he demonstrates and his ability to teach to all learning styles, indicated by the consistently high scores he receives on student evaluations.

Christie Johnson, associate professor of accounting, won the Anna K. Fridley Distinguished Teaching Award presented by the Phi Kappa Phi honorary. She earned a MBA from the University of Wyoming. Johnson is a licensed CPA and has been with the College of Business faculty since 1980. In her years at MSU, Christie Johnson has accumulated over 15 MSU Excellence Awards, the MSCPA outstanding accounting educator award, and has published pedagogical materials with top selling textbooks as well as presented teaching innovations at national conferences. She plays an integral part of the accounting faculty as the chair of the Meet the Accounting Recruiters event. In addition to instructing students, she also takes an active role in the College as the advisor to the Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) chapter, which has achieved the highest national ranking for more than ten years in a row. Students are her top priority; she agrees with her early mentor that it is "a privilege to be a teacher."

Agnieszka Bielinska-Kwapisz, visiting assistant professor, was presented with a 2007 President's Excellence in Teaching Award. She earned a Ph.D. in economics from Georgia State University and her M.S. in mathematics from Gdansk University in Poland. Kwapisz began teaching in the College of Business in 2004. She has the unique ability to integrate business concepts with statistics in an easily understood manner. Students and administrators alike describe her as an enthusiastic and innovative instructor who is dedicated to her students' successes.