Walton College to Honor Outstanding Alumni at Awards Banquet on April 23

Three outstanding Walton College alumni will be honored April 23 at the college’s 2020 awards banquet.

The banquet will recognize outstanding achievement by Walton College students for the 2019-20 school year and honor three alumni for success in business and service to the college and the community. Continue reading Walton College to Honor Outstanding Alumni at Awards Banquet on April 23

Delery Named Editor-in-Chief of Human Resource Management Review

John Delery

John E. Delery, head of the Department of Management at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, is the new editor-in-chief of Human Resource Management Review.

Delery, who holds the Raymond F. Orr Chair in Management, officially assumed the editor-in-chief role Jan. 1.

Human Resource Management Review is a quarterly academic journal devoted to the publication of scholarly conceptual/theoretical articles pertaining to human resource management and allied fields, including industrial/organizational psychology, human capital, labor relations, organizational behavior and others.

“It is the top outlet for conceptual/theoretical manuscripts devoted solely to human resource management,” Delery said.

Delery received his M.S. in psychology from Memphis State University and earned a Ph.D. in business administration, focusing on human resource management, from Texas A&M University. He teaches a variety of management courses, including Managing People and Organizations, Organizational Staffing, and Leadership and Managing Behavior in Organizations.

Delery has won a number of academic and professional awards, including the Scholarly Achievement Award from the HR Division of the Academy of Management, two Best Conference Paper Awards from the HR Division of the Academy of Management, the Walton College Faculty Research Award in 2001-02, the Walton College Faculty Service Award in 2009-10 and the Walton College Faculty Teaching Award in 2014-15.

His current research interests include the strategic management of human capital, the structure of human resource management systems and employee selection. Specifically, he is interested in how the management of human capital influences organizational performance and profitability.

He is widely cited in academic circles and has published numerous research articles in management journals including the Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Personnel Psychology, Industrial Relations, Human Resource Management Review, Human Resource Management Journal, Journal of Organizational Behavior and the Journal of Applied Social Psychology.  His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Transportation, among others.

Walton College Economics Graduate Student Awarded Humane Studies Fellowship

Nathaniel Burke, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Economics at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, has been awarded a Humane Studies Fellowship for the 2020-2021 academic year by the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University.

“This is such a prestigious award,” said Raja Kali, economics department chair. “I am proud of Nathaniel’s economic research regarding college mentoring and student behavior. This work has the potential to create successful college experiences for many.”

Nathaniel Burke, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Economics at Walton College.
Nathaniel Burke, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Economics at Walton College.

Burke will use the award to fund his field experiment which provides free college mentoring within Arkansas. The fellowship will also fund travel and conference attendance.

“The program targets minority, first-generation and underprivileged high school students and tests how information asymmetry and a student’s identity is impacted by different mentoring matches and information framing,” Burke said. “Simply put, I am running an experiment to see how students change their college investment (application) strategies and perceptions based on the identity of a perspective mentor and the relevance of the information to their own identity.”

He will present his findings at a conference presentation or in a peer-reviewed journal by August 31, 2021.

“I am excited that I will have more financial support to expand the college mentoring aspect of my field program and help more students across the state have access to higher education,” Burke said. “This opportunity helps validate that an unbiased third party sees the policy relevance and value in the work I am doing and reaffirms that I am doing desirable research in behavioral economics and the economics of education.”

Burke’s research focuses on behavioral economics and applied microeconomics using experimental methods. He teaches principles of microeconomics and serves as a graduate mentor and graduate assistant. He received a B.A. Economics from Manhattan College, a M.S. Resource and Applied Economics from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and is in progress to complete a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Arkansas.

The Institute for Humane Studies promotes the teaching and research of classical liberal ideas and advances higher education’s core purpose of intellectual discovery and human progress. It is affiliated with George Mason University.

Shepherd Selected as Walton College Employee of the Quarter

Ashlee Shepherd, administrative specialist III, Undergraduate Programs, has been named employee of the second quarter for 2019-2020 by the Sam M. Walton College of Business.

Anyone in the college may nominate colleagues for the award, which is given to employees who show superior customer service that enhances the image of the college above and beyond the scope of that employee’s job description.

Along with Shepherd, Drew Stephens, digital design and development manager, External Relations; Teryl Hampton Jebaraj, assistant director of graduate student services, Graduate School of Business; and Debbie Ritter, employer relations assistant, Career Services, were also nominated for their contributions to Walton College.

The winner receives a certificate of appreciation and a cash prize. Winners are chosen by Walton College Dean Matt Waller, the associate deans, the assistant deans and the Walton College Staff Council.

University of Arkansas Represented at AACSB International Diversity and Inclusion Summit

Barbara Lofton, director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion in the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, and Elecia Smith, executive director of the U of A’s IDEALS Institute, presented the workshop “In Too Deep: Managing Stress and Preventing Burnout” at the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International Diversity and Inclusion Summit on Nov. 13 in New Orleans.

The summit took place as part of the AACSB’s International Associate Deans Conference held Nov. 13-15. The AACSB is the international accrediting organization for collegiate business schools.

At a recent AACSB conference, Barbara Lofton (left) and Elecia Smith (right) presented a workshop on how to alleviate stress.
At a recent AACSB conference, Barbara Lofton (left) and Elecia Smith (right) presented a workshop on how to alleviate stress.

The presentation focused on the causes of stress for diversity professionals and resources and tactics available to lessen the stress.

“Stress and burnout are all too common for diversity professionals,” Lofton said. “I want to support other professionals by providing resources to them and advocating for them. I believe in paying it forward.”

Lofton also presented “To Have or Not to Have an Office of Diversity Within a College” to the Diversity and Inclusion Network Affinity Group meeting held at the conclusion of the summit. She discussed best practices, missions and strategies employed by collegiate diversity programs. Lofton served as the session moderator.

“Diversity helps teams think differently and create smarter products and programs,” Lofton said. “It is the right thing to do, but it is also a smart and profitable thing to implement in business or academia, whether referring to diverse hires, diverse thought, or products and programs that speak to diverse audiences. It all matters.”

Walton College boasts the oldest diversity and inclusion office at any Southeastern Conference business school. It celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2019. Lofton has served as its director for 24 years.