KUDOS: April 2024

By Comms Team | 04/30/2024


Sending on behalf of Roland Kidwell…

Dear Colleagues,‌

As the College of Business Carnegie Community Engagement Liaison, I am asking for your assistance as Florida Atlantic University pursues reclassification of its Community Engagement designation. For those faculty and staff working with the external community, this involves completion of a brief Community Partnerships Survey (Round 1) by May 1, 2024. Please follow the link to the survey and complete it by May 1 if you are participating in Community Engagement Activities defined below.

From the committee leadership:‌

Carnegie defines Community Engagement as, “Collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.”​ If you have programs that aren’t part of a Service Learning designation, the committee would like to collect information on those initiatives/programs/course projects. Due to the fact that the College of Business engages with multiple programs, courses and initiatives that illustrate FAU’s exceptional commitment to community engagement, we ask that you submit independent surveys for each of the partnerships that reflect our work to transform knowledge into meaningful action.

“The External Engagement initiative was designed to spark discussion to streamline and strategize Florida Atlantic’s engagement with the external community. We know many teams across Florida Atlantic have been doing great work in the external arena for some time, but since our initial call for information following the Dec. 2022 External Engagement meeting, we have seen incredible activity and measurement of such work! Since the Government Relations team began inputting data, there have been over 680 external interactions recorded. In the 12-month period from April 2022 to April 2023, our team collected details on 362 external interactions. However, in just a SIX month period, from May 2023 through Oct. 2023, we saw a 60% increase and measured 216 external interactions! A true testament to your consistent and dependable work in the community, and we are only getting started!”

I sincerely appreciate your help. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Thank you,

Roland E. Kidwell



Faculty/Staff Recognitions

Honors Convocation Recipients -

Neeraj Puro - Scholar of the Year Award at the Assistant Professor level

Michaela Smolka - 2024 Excellence and Innovation in Advising Award

Michaela SmolkaNeeraj Puro


2023-2024 OURI Mentors -

Eileen Acello, Anna Agapova, Pierre Alexandre, Monica Escaleras, Eric Levy, Judy Monestime, William Paczkowski

Faculty OURI Mentors

Service Awards -

42 College of Business and Executive Education employees were recognized at the recent University Service Awards totaling 555 years of combined work experience and dedication to the College! 


5 Years of Service:

Ivan Aguadelo, Douglas Cumming, Joao Faria, Sofia Johan, Chris Kuczynski, Evan Latoplski, Melanie Lorenz, William Luther, Jennifer Mullins, Joseph Patton, Matthew Pollifrone, Rajeev Sawant, Scott Seavey, Lacey Taylor, James Ward

10 Years of Service:

Anil Bilgihan, Joel Dicicco, Daniel Gropper, Gili Rabone, Craig Rinne, Stephanie Taylor, Alan Whiteman

15 Years of Service:

Kuntal Banerjee, Kimberly Ellis, Evan affee, Marques Johnson, Berlinda Juste, Lissa Terry

20 Years of Service:

Ping Cheng, Karen Dye, Suman Ghosh, Jahyun Goo, Belinda Millet, Chandra Mishra,

Robert Munoz, Rosa Nardone, Vegar Wiik, Ethlyn Williams

25 Years of Service:

Sunil Babbar, Ravi Behara

35 Years of Service: 

Donna Cooke, Jim Han

2024 Service Awards




Peer Reviewed Research

Milad Baghersad, Professor, ITOM & Ravi Behara, Professor, ITOM, with co-authors have had their paper titled, "Trade-offs between Equity and Efficiency in Prioritizing Critical Infrastructure Investments: a Case of Stormwater Management Systems", published in Production and Operations Management.

Milad Baghersad, Professor, ITOM & Ravi Behara, Professor, ITOM, Gulcin Gumus, Associate Professor, Health Administration, Management Programs, & Derrick Huang, Professor, ITOM, have had their article titled, "Regional Policy Coordination of Pandemic Responses Using an Iterative Mobility-driven Algorithm", published in Regional Studies, 58(2), 393–408. 

Anil Bilgihan, Associate Professor, Marketing, with co-authors, have had their manuscript titled, "Metaphorical effects of advertising in different types of hotels: Evidence from eye tracking" accepted for publication in International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management.

David Fang, Associate Professor, School of Accounting, with co-authors, have had their paper titled, “Generalist CEOs and Stock Price Crash Risk”, accepted for publication in Journal of Business Finance and Accounting (AJG 3 and ABDC A*).

Roland Kidwell, Associate Professor, Management Programs, has had his book titled "Dysfunction and deviance across family firms: Varying reflections of the dark side" published by Palgrave Studies in Family BUsiness Heterogeneity.

Gia Nardini, Assitant Professor, Marketing, with co-authors, have had their paper titled, “Bringing ethical consumption to the forefront in emerging markets: The role of product categorization,” accepted for publication by Journal of Business Ethics (AJG 3/FT50).


Public Scholarship Research

Steven Carnovale, Associate Professor, ITOM - Logistics Managers' Index

Douglas Cumming, Associate Professor, Finance, & Sofia Johan, Associate Professor, Finance - Equity Crowdfunding Tracker

Monica Escaleras, Chair, Economics - Hispanic Index of Consumer Sentiment

William Luther, Associate Professor, Economics - Monthly Inflation Report at Florida Atlantic University

Ken Johnson, Associate Dean - Price-To-Rent Ratios, Top 100 U.S. Housing Markets, Waller, Weeks And Johnson Rental Index