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Bryan faculty members named to endowed professorships


Posted on Monday, January 26th, 2015 by UNCG Research.

Repost from UNCGNOW

Three faculty members in the UNCG Bryan School of Business and Economics have been named to endowed professorships.

Bryan School Dean McRae C. “Mac” Banks has been named to the Margaret & Harrell Hill Distinguished Professorship, a new award created to honor the leader of the Bryan School. Banks has helmed the Bryan School since 2011.

As the fourth dean of the Bryan School, Banks has worked with the faculty and staff to develop a new aspirational mission, revamp the required curricula for the undergraduate business program and MBA, and raise the quality and quantity of research while maintaining the traditional high quality of instruction and close student-faculty connections.  These changes have resulted in outstanding national rankings in four of the Bryan School’s programs, as well as significant national and international accolades and awards for faculty members and students.

Dr. Al Link, a prolific economic researcher, has been named to the Virginia Batte Phillips Distinguished Professorship. Link joined the Bryan School faculty in 1982 and has held several administrative appointments, including a tenure as head of the Department of Economics and director of the MBA Program.

An internationally renowned scholar in economic policy as it relates to science, technology and innovation, Link has published 49 books, had 170 peer-reviewed journal articles and been awarded approximately $2.2 million in grant funding over his career. His work has been published in top academic journals, including American Economic Review, Journal of Labor Research and Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, he has testified before Congress and he has served as an adviser to NASA, the White House, National Science Foundation, the World Bank and the United Nations, among others. For many years he has served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Technology Transfer and currently is on the editorial boards of Small Business Economics and Journal of the Knowledge Economy.

Dr. Nancy Nelson Hodges has been named to the Burlington Industries Excellence Professorship.

Hodges, head of the Department of Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies since 2014, joined the UNCG faculty in 1998. Her work has been honored with six best paper awards and five awards for outstanding teaching, mentoring or advising, including the 2010 Board of Governors Teaching Award.

A noted researcher, Hodges has received more than $1 million in research grants and serves as the associate editor of Clothing and Textiles Research Journal. Hodges is also well known for her academic mentorship, having served as advisor and dissertation chair for 21 students, as advisor to 18 MS students and served on 34 other doctoral or master’s level committees.

Endowed professorships are awarded to scholars who are well known in the field as reflected by their service to research, teaching, professional activities or other forms of creative scholarship.