Faculty/Staff Accomplishments and Departmental News 3/15/16

In this issue we celebrate the accomplishments of faculty and staff in the departments of business, education, English, human environmental sciences, nutrition, and political science. We also share departmental news from the Meredith MBA.

Associate Professor of Nutrition Susan Fisher was recently quoted in a story about the safety of foods after their expiration dates. 

School of Business Professor Mary Jane Lenard presented a paper on March 5, 2016 at the Forensic Accounting Research Conference, held in Charlotte, N.C. The paper, “Women Leaders and Fraud: Are Companies Led by Women Less Likely to be Subject to Litigation?,” is co-authored by School of Business Associate Professors Anne York and Bing Yu, and by Shengxiong Wu from Texas Wesleyan University. In the paper, they collected companies listed on the Stanford securities class action database for the time period 2007-13, classified them as fraud companies, and compared these to non-fraud companies. The researchers then examined the companies based on the presence of at least one women in an executive position, and on the presence of at least one woman on the board of directors. They found that each of these situations decreases the likelihood that the company will be involved in fraud litigation, supporting the literature which indicates that women have the tendency to be more risk averse and more committed to ethics policies.  In further testing, they found that the presence of at least one woman in an executive position is positively related to firm value. These findings add to the literature that investigates the impact of women leaders on corporate governance.

Instructor of English Jason Newport has been awarded a 2016–17 Fulbright to teach and conduct creative-writing research for one semester at the University of Pécs in southern Hungary.

Assistant Professor of Political Science Whitney Ross Manzo and Visiting Professor of Political Science David McLennan attended the North Carolina Political Science Association’s Annual Meeting on February 26. They presented a paper called “Does Their Difference Make a Difference? The Impact of Women on Counties in North Carolina,” which examines how female county commissioners impact the policy choices of county commissions. Specifically, McLennan and Manzo discovered that counties that had a majority female commission spent significantly more on education than counties with fewer (or no) female commissioners.

McLennan also spoke to the North Carolina Association of Government Information Officers on the meaning of the primary elections. In addition, he addressed the Peace and Justice Forum on the “Donald Trump Phenomenon” and he spoke at Fearrington Village on the topic “What Happened to Politics in 2016?.”

Professor of Education Toni Parker was quoted in The News & Observer's article about a teacher education/recruitment panel hosted by Cooperating Raleigh Colleges. 

Professor of Human Environmental Sciences Deborah Tippett presented a workshop for the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Emerging's Leaders Program on “Leading with Your Strengths,” on March 2, 2016.  

Departmental News

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