Lee's Thompson Receives 2013 ACBSP Teaching Excellence Award

Thursday, April 18, 2013
Dr. Dewayne Thompson
Dr. Dewayne Thompson

Dewayne Thompson, professor and chair of the Department of Business at Lee University, has been named the recipient for the Region 3 2013 ACBSP Teaching Excellence Award. The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs recognizes individuals annually from each of its 10 regions who exemplify teaching excellence in the classroom. 

Dr. Thompson will be honored, along with other regional recipients, at the 2013 ACBSP Annual Conference, June 21-24 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Two International Teaching Excellence Award recipients will be announced at a special Salute to Regions luncheon, one from a baccalaureate/graduate degree-granting institution and one from an associate degree-granting institution. As a regional recipient, Dr. Thompson is now a candidate for the international award.

“No one in a Thompson classroom has any doubt that they are getting high quality,” says J. Matthew Melton, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Lee. “His course evaluation numbers, which are among the best in the university, cannot accurately reflect the number of lives Dewayne has and continues to mentor personally…His impact continues past their time as students, and many alumni stay in touch with him for advice and counsel in their professional lives.”

Dr. Thompson has served as the chair of the Department of Business at Lee University since 2006. He has been listed in Who's Who Among America's Teachers and received Lee's Excellence in Teaching Award in 1987. He earned his DBA from Nova Southeastern University, his MBA from Middle Tennessee State University and his BS from Lee College.

The Associate Degree Commission of ACBSP established the International Teaching Excellence Award in 1995 to recognize outstanding classroom teachers. In 2002, the Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree Commission created a similar award to recognize excellence in teaching at the baccalaureate/graduate degree level. ACBSP is the only specialized accrediting body for business schools that presents an award recognizing excellence in teaching, open to application by the entire membership. 

“It is more important than ever for business programs to produce graduates who are ready to enter the global marketplace,” said Douglas Viehland, ACBSP executive director. “ACBSP has a mission to develop, promote and recognize best practices that contribute to continuous improvement of business education. Recognition of teaching excellence is one way we achieve this goal.”

The University of Indianapolis – Athens Campus is the financial sponsor for the 2013 award. ACBSP currently has more than 1,171 member campuses in 52 countries and 10 regions. For more information about the ACBSP or the award, visit www.acbsp.org.

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