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Faculty Highlights

Steve Charlier on Joining the National Millennial Community at Georgia Southern University

Georgia Southern University Department of Management Associate Professor Steve Charlier talks about Georgia Southern joining the National Millennial Community to help engage in the conversation about millennials in the workplace and the future of workforce development.

Where Are The Retail Stores Going?

On Wednesday, May 10, John Brown, Ph.D., associate professor of economics, discusses the economy and the decline of retail stores on GPB’s “On Second Thought,” hosted by Celeste Headlee.

Georgia Southern faculty member’s research making an impact in education

Jeff Schiman, Ph.D.

Georgia Southern University College of Business Assistant Professor of economics, Jeff Schiman, Ph.D., was recently mentioned on the National Council on Teacher Quality website in a commentary by Hannah Putman for research he conducted with Ben Ost from the University of Illinois at Chicago on teacher absence rates.

His research focuses on teacher absence rates counting only sick and personal days, not professional development absences, and how these rates correspond to their workloads with consideration to class size and years of experience

The study, using data collected by the North Carolina Education Research Data Center from 1995 to 2007 on elementary teachers in grades PK-5, shows that when faced with higher workloads, teachers are good at showing up to school rather than staying home. The article, published in Economics of Education Review, volume 57, April 2017, highlights that teachers are less likely to be absent when teaching larger classes, teaching new grade assignments or having fewer years of experience.

Schiman and Ost also found when a teacher transferred from one school to another, their rate of absence gravitated toward the average for that school, which suggests that school-level factors are important when determining absence rates. The research also shows that teacher absences reduce student performance, suggesting policies reducing absenteeism can improve performance as well as directly cut costs due to lower substitute usage.

It is important to note that the research is based on data from North Carolina, where absence policy is set at the state level; however, the basic structure of North Carolina’s absence policy is very similar to that of absence policies in many districts outside of North Carolina.

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Georgia Southern College of Business Faculty Recognized

alan-mackelprang-1-2017-smAlan Mackelprang, Ph.D., associate professor of operations management and director of the Ph.D. program in Logistics and Supply Chain Management at Georgia Southern, was announced as the 2016 winner of the Carol J. Latta Memorial Decision Sciences Institute (DSI) Emerging Leadership Award for Outstanding Early Career Scholarship during the closing banquet of the 2016 DSI Annual Meeting.

DSI’s Annual Meeting draws about 1,500 participants involved in decision sciences, especially in application areas such as supply chains, operations and information systems. The Latta Award criteria include excellence in research, teaching and service to DSI.

Additionally, Mackelprang, and Jerry Burke, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, were recognized along with former Georgia Southern faculty members, Ed Bernardes (West Virginia) and Chris Welter (Xavier), for the Best Theory-Driven Empirical Research Paper. With more than 400 full-paper submissions to compete against, this was one of only four best paper awards given during the Meeting.

Lowell Mooney: The Mentor

The Georgia Society of CPAs recently recognized Lowell Mooney, Ph.D., for his service to the Society as Chair over the past year.