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Poole College Celebrates Faculty and Staff Accomplishments from February and March

Copper wolf with spring greenery at Wolf Plaza. Photo by Becky Kirkland.

The monthly accomplishments series celebrates the achievements of our faculty and staff in and outside of the Poole College of Management. 


  • Jennifer McLamb became a certified strengths coach through the Gallup organization in February. 
  • At the February 19 American Taxation Association (ATA) mid-year meeting, Roby Sawyers, professor of accounting, received the 2020 ATA Outstanding Service Award, an award that recognizes a career of distinguished service to the ATA.
  • Erin Powell, assistant professor of entrepreneurship, was a featured presenter at Advancement of Women event, Beginning to Pitch Perfect, an interactive workshop for people at any stage of the entrepreneurial process. 
  • Roger Mayer, professor of leadership, was appointed to the advisory board for the Center for Trust Studies at University of Arizona. Mayer was one of three plenary speakers for their grand opening meeting and discussed his research on trust in government as well as advocated for further research in that area. 


  • John Kuzenski, teaching assistant professor in entrepreneurship, has volunteered his time with Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society, by working with them pro bono as legal counsel over the past several months on the hiring of a new executive director throughout the transition from the old administration to a new one.
  • Rob Handfield, professor of operations and supply chain management, was appointed to the pro bono board for Project N95, a non-profit to distribute personal protective equipment. Handfield was also appointed to George Mason University’s affiliated faculty board for government contracting in March.
  • Michael Dixon, associate director of admissions and recruitment for Jenkins MBA, was admitted into NC State’s doctorate program in educational leadership, policy, and human development. He will start part-time in the fall 2021 semester and continue working full-time at Poole. 
  • Alissa Dodds, academic advisor, and Jennifer McLamb, assistant director of academic advising, presented a three-hour presentation at the 2021 NACADA pre-conference workshop week in March entitled Utilizing Strengths-Based Practices in Advising, Teaching, and Team-Building. 
  • Steve Barr, professor of technology management, presented “NC State Covid-19 Response: Current and Future” to the 2021 annual conference of Venture Creation Programs, a group of universities worldwide with programs providing academic credit for new business startups. 
  • Bill Rand, associate professor of marketing, presented a keynote address to a workshop for the Social Simulation FesT 2021 on combining agent-based models with lab experiments.
  • On March 10, Scott Showalter, professor of practice in accounting; Frank Buckless, Stephen P. Zelnak Jr. Dean; and Roby Sawyers, professor of accounting, presented at a virtual Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) event their best practices in accounting. 
  • The Association of Computing Machinery appointed Fay Cobb Payton, professor of information technology and business analytics, as the education advisory board and chair for their Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. Payton was also elected full membership to Sigma Xi, the scientific research honors society, and was also appointed to the board of visitors for North Carolina A&T State University. During February and March, she presented at Penn State University and the National Academies of Sciences on artificial intelligence (AI) bias and implications. 
  • Noel Greis, research professor of operations and supply chain management, is part of a team that recently received funding from the National Science Foundation under their future manufacturing program. The group of thought leaders were funded to address the future competitiveness of the U.S. manufacturing and machine tool industry.