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CCU's Wall College announces 2019 professorships  

The E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration at Coastal Carolina University has awarded professorships to three faculty members who exemplify excellence in teaching, research and service for 2019-2020: The Vereen Teaching Impact Award to Jacob Voegel; the Baxley Applied Impact Award to Jennifer Calhoun; and the Blanton Distinguished Research Impact Award to Mitchell Church.

These professorships were created in 2015 to annually recognize professors who have a positive impact on the University community and surrounding areas. The criteria for these awards are service to the students, school and profession; enhancement of the Wall College reputation; substantial contributions to the application of sound business practice; the ability to relate real-world experiences into the classroom; dedication; character; quality of teaching; quality and number of scholarly works; and appropriate professional and personal conduct.

Jacob Voegel, assistant professor in the Department of Management and Decision Sciences, has been recognized as a champion for students by his colleagues. He is the coordinator for the CBAD 120 Introduction to the Global Culture of Business course, chairman of the First-Year Experience Taskforce and faculty adviser for the Wall Street Living Learning Community, a residential community geared toward incoming freshmen business students.

Voegel is described as a professor who is dedicated to teaching and serves as a mentor to his students. He believes “teaching does not only happen in the classroom, but it happens in every interaction we have with one another.”

The Vereen Teaching Impact Award was named for the late Col. Lindsey H. Vereen, who was a member of the Coastal business faculty from 1966 to 1977. Vereen was a decorated World War II veteran who earned a master’s degree in industrial management from the University of Pittsburgh.

Jennifer Calhoun, assistant professor in the Department of Marketing and Hospitality, Resort and Tourism Management, began her career at CCU in Fall 2015 after more than 25 years of working in the hospitality and tourism industry. Calhoun is an advocate for teaching students about real-world experiences by connecting them with industry stakeholders through experiential learning activities such as field trips and inviting industry leaders to her classroom to speak with students about their experiences, which she is able to do due to her strong network of business professionals in the hospitality industry.

She also works closely with the Myrtle Beach Area Hospitality Association and their partners on various community initiatives and events, and regularly attends Wall College and University events.

The Baxley Applied Impact Award was named for the late Col. William Baxley Jr., a longtime CCU business professor and administrator.

Mitchell Church, assistant professor in the Department of Management and Decision Sciences, achieved significant research success in 2018. Church was also the recipient of the Vereen Teaching Impact Award in 2018.

His paper, titled “Etsy and the Long Tail: How Microenterprises Use Hyper-Differentiation in Online Handicraft Marketplaces,” was published in Electronic Commerce Research, an A-ranked publication by the Australian Business Dean’s Council.

His second paper, titled “Investigating Healthcare Brand Communities: The Impact of Online Hospital Reviews,” which he published with Subhajit Chakraborty, was published in Health Marketing Quarterly, a B-level publication. Church has served on various committees such as the Academic Affairs Committee, Faculty Senate, University Calendar Committee, College Curriculum Committee and the MBA Advisory Committee.

The Blanton Distinguished Impact Award was named in honor of the late James P. Blanton, a local businessman, conservationist, legislator, and champion of education and founder of CCU.