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Accolades for September 13, 2010

Addy Named Assistant Dean for Outreach

Dr. Sam Addy

Dr. Sam Addy has been named assistant dean for outreach at the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration.

He will continue his duties as director and research economist at the Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER).

“Dr. Addy will lead and coordinate the University and business school efforts in economic development and interaction with state agencies,” said Dr. J. Michael Hardin, senior associate dean of the business school. “Dr. Addy’s expertise is recognized at the highest levels of state government, and he is quickly becoming the state’s preeminent economist. He fully understands the ramifications of the nation’s volatile economy and the effects on Alabama.”

Addy joined CBER in 1998 and assumed the position of director in 2007. He regularly speaks to groups and organizations on topics including the Alabama economy, economic policy, economic development and workforce development.

Addy works with CBER’s economic research program and has directed and conducted economic impact studies for numerous public and private clients across the state. Other areas of emphasis include assessment and analysis of Alabama’s workforce; fiscal policy; socioeconomic analysis for transportation and other development projects; and environmental and climate change issues. Addy has published in academic journals and is often quoted in local, regional, national and international media.

He is a native of Ghana, where he obtained a bachelor of dcience in metallurgical engineering from the University of Science and Technology. He holds a master’s in mineral engineering from the University of Minnesota and a doctorate in mineral economics from The Pennsylvania State University.

Black Faculty and Staff Association Elects Officers

The 2010-12 Black Faculty and Staff Association officers include (l-r) Renetta Brown, Brenda Elliott, Dr. Joyce Stallworth, Cynthia Moore and Dr. James King. Not pictured: Dr. Priscilla Davis.

The UA Black Faculty and Staff Association has announced its executive board for 2010-12. The new officers are Dr. B. Joyce Stallworth, College of Education senior associate dean and professor of English education, president; Dr. James King, associate professor of management and marketing, vice president;Brenda F. Elliott, assistant director of Athletic Academic Programs, treasurer; Cynthia Moore, assistant director of the Rural Scholars Program, secretary; Dr. Priscilla N. Davis, professor of communicative disorders, past president; and Renetta G. Brown, Office of Information Technology database administrator, parliamentarian.

“As an alumna (class of 1988) of The University of Alabama and a faculty member since 1995, I am elated to have been selected by my peers to lead such a significant campus organization. The Black Faculty and Staff Association serves a critical role in advancing the University’s diversity goals,” Stallworth says. “I look forward to working with central administrators, faculty, staff, and students as well as our larger community constituents to ensure that the University is an inclusive and progressive institution of higher education.

“Specifically, our initiatives and events such as Community Conversations and the Black Scholars Day program are designed to promote dialogue and recognize academic excellence, which contribute to an inclusive and progressive campus,” she says.

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Nelson-Gardell Appointed to International Committee

Dr. Debra Nelson-Gardell

Dr. Debra Nelson-Gardell, associate professor in the School of Social Work, has been appointed to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) International Committee. The five-member committee is authorized by and accountable to the NASW Board of Directors. Nelson-Gardell will serve for a minimum of two years.

The committee is tasked with interpreting NASW policies and delegate assembly priorities in advancing leadership for programs in the areas of international social work education and practice, and in advocating for the protection of human rights in the global context.

Nelson-Gardell was elected president of the NASW Alabama Chapter in 2008 and recently was appointed coordinator of the School of Social Work Hong Kong Program. Since 1983, the School of Social Work, under contract with Hong Kong Shue Yan University, has enabled Hong Kong students to complete the first year of the master of social work (MSW) program in Hong Kong.

Dr. Nelson-Gardell is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. In April 2010, she received the Dean’s Faculty Award for Research, Teaching and Service. She was selected for UA’s third Leadership Academy cohort for 2007-08. In 2006, she was named Faculty Mentor of the Year by the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB).

Morgan Designated Associate Dean for Graduate Programs at Manderson Graduate School of Business

Dr. Rob Morgan

The burgeoning growth of UA’s Manderson Graduate School of Business has brought about a restructuring of the school’s administration.

Dr. Robert M. Morgan has been named associate dean for graduate programs. He will be responsible for all graduate business programs, both master’s and doctoral, as well as the MBA and EMBA programs.

“We want to enhance our services for master’s and doctoral students, and this restructuring is needed to enhance our capabilities for growth,” said Dr. J. Michael Hardin, senior associate dean of the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration.

“Dr. Morgan is well known across campus for working with other colleges on dual graduate programs, which is another area in which we are seeing considerable growth,” Hardin said.

Morgan was formerly head of the management and marketing department. He earned bachelor’s degrees from Wichita State University and the University of Kansas, an MBA from the University of Dallas, and his doctorate from Texas Tech University.

Morgan’s research has been published in the Journal of Marketing, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Advertising, Journal of Business Research and Marketing Management. He received the 1995 Harold H. Maynard Award for the best theory paper appearing in the Journal of Marketing.