College of Business Recognizes Faculty Excellence

May 21, 2014  |  by Melissa Heidt

Business Awards

Dr. Jay Walker, Dr. Kris Principe, Dean Shawn Daly and Vince Agnello

The College of Business Administration recently celebrated the end of another academic year that was full of faculty research, successful teaching strategies and service to Niagara University and the community. In addition, three faculty members were recognized for excellence in research, service and teaching.

According to Dr. Shawn Daly, dean of the College of Business Administration, “This is a great opportunity to recognize this year’s annual faculty award recipients, Vince Agnello, Kristine Principe and Jay Walker, for their outstanding performance.”

The award for excellence in research was presented to Dr. Walker, assistant professor of economics, who joined the faculty in 2012. Dr. Walker has been very industrious, with four articles accepted for publication during the academic year.  Three of his recent publications with co-author Wesley Routon from Georgia Gwinnett College deal with extracurricular activity participation (including intercollegiate athletes, fraternity or sorority members, and participating in internships or taking a leave of absence from school) and their impact on collegiate outcomes. The Impact of Greek Membership Status on Collegiate Outcomes: Evidence from a National Survey was published in the Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics this year and Dr. Walker also discussed the subject on the radio program Airtalk on a Southern California public radio station.

Dr. Walker commented, “I was very excited to have been selected as the Researcher of the Year for the College of Business Administration. To even be in consideration, among the excellent faculty I am lucky enough to have a chance to work and interact with every day, is an honor.”

Dr. Principe, assistant professor of economics, received the award for excellence in service.  In presenting the award, Dean Daly emphasized that Dr. Principe is a well-deserving recipient of the College’s Outstanding Service Award for her valuable work on the master’s in health administration curriculum.  The MHA program was designed to reflect the changing nature of the healthcare industry with an increased use of analytics in order to focus on prevention rather than treatment of illness.  The program has three modules: a business core, an analytics core and a population health core.  The program involved collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Kling, chair of the department of management, who worked closely with Dr. Principe, added, “Under Kris’ year of nurturing development, the MHA went from a general concept to an innovative and detailed 15-course program which includes eight new courses.  The MHA is an important initiative at Niagara University and we all have tremendous respect for both the quantity and quality of the work Kris contributed to bring the MHA to fruition.”

Dr. Principe also serves as the ombudsman on the Academic Integrity Board, a member of the College Committee on Teaching and Learning (CCTL), and is a coordinator for the NUSTEP economics courses, for which she works with local high school economics teachers.

Professor of law and director of NU’s Family Business Center, Vince Agnello received the Excellence in Teaching Award. In addition to Business Law, Agnello has taught many different courses at Niagara in the past 30 years including Intro to Business, Principles of Economics, and Intro to Writing.  He successfully integrated law and ethics into the MGT 560 course in the MBA program and has done the same for his undergraduate courses in Business Law and Legal Environment of Business courses.  After exploring the meaning of ethics and the role it plays in society, he then assigns a term paper or project to reinforce business ethics in his students.

One assignment required students to interview 10 business managers and 10 people not in any managerial role on a scenario about a whether it is wrong to charge one customer more than another for the same product.  Another assignment dealt with segregation in society and the workplace prior to the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and exploring whether anything has changed since its adoption.

In addition to teaching on campus, Agnello has worked off campus through an entrepreneurship program he developed to help people explore business ideas and to develop a successful business plan.