Haslam College of Business Honors Outstanding Faculty and Staff

June 10, 2022

The Haslam College of Business recently held its annual awards celebration to recognize outstanding faculty and staff accomplishments. Chad Autry, the college’s associate dean for research and faculty, emceed the ceremony at a reception in the West Club of Neyland Stadium.

Shannon McCloud from the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship received the Staff Award for Superior Customer Responsiveness. McCloud’s nominators praised her professional courtesy, leadership abilities and “can-do attitude.”

The Tim Williams Staff Award for Professionalism went to Cole Burns from the Department of Supply Chain Management. Burns was recognized for his reliability and expertise on a wide range of topics. “Cole knows how to get things done,” one nominator wrote.

Brenda Carlisle from the Department of Marketing and the Professional Sales Forum was honored with the Staff Award for Innovation and Creativity. Carlisle’s leadership has helped grow the Professional Sales Forum and transition the group from being a faculty-led organization to an entirely student-run organization. One student commended her for “helping reshape and restructure the way students find amazing partners for full-time opportunities and internships.”

The Bank of America Faculty Leadership Award was presented to Anita Hollander, assistant department head for the Department of Accounting and Information Management.

“I cannot think of an award more well deserved,” Autry said. “Anita has made many great contributions to the college over the years, and it’s exciting to see those contributions recognized with what has become one of our highest honors.”

Connor Kasten (finance) won the Outstanding Doctoral Student Teacher Award. He was lauded for his curriculum development skills and his ability to help students enjoy class material while understanding how it relates to a field and work experience.

Anne Dohmen (supply chain management) and Roman Welden (marketing) tied for the Outstanding Doctoral Student Researcher Award. Both were recognized for their publication records and thought leadership in their respective fields.

The Richard C. Reizenstein Outstanding Commitment to Students Award went to David Williams, associate professor in the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship. Students praised Williams for helping them find opportunities for experiential learning and professional development, as well as for his individualized approach to teaching.

Ashley King, lecturer in the Department of Accounting and Information Management, was honored with the Allen H. Keally Excellence in Teaching Award. Describing her teaching as passionate and innovative, her nominators praised her ability to teach challenging subjects.

The Rising Star Research Award went to Lance Saunders, assistant professor in the Department of Supply Chain Management. He was recognized for having work published frequently in top supply chain journals and for being active at national conferences and within the Advanced Supply Chain Collaborative.

Melissa Cardon, Haslam Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, received the Vallett Family Outstanding Researcher Award in recognition of her research productivity and enhancement of the college’s national and international reputation. Cardon’s work appears frequently in top entrepreneurship journals. She has published multiple books and book chapters, and she has a pipeline of research projects targeting premier outlets. During the last two years, her work has been cited approximately 1,800 times annually.

The Martin and Carol Robinson Excellence in Teaching, Research and Service Award, recognizing the college’s best all-around faculty member, went to Don Bruce, Douglas and Brenda Horne Professor of Business in the Department of Economics and associate director of the Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research. Bruce has published with numerous UT faculty and doctoral students about a wide range of topics. With a teaching load that often includes some of the college’s most challenging courses, his work in the classroom has been highly rated throughout his career. He has mentored many graduate students and served in a variety of service roles, most prominently serving as UT’s Faculty Athletics Representative to the NCAA and SEC since 2012.

Clarence Vaughn, director of Haslam’s Office of Diversity and Community Relations, announced that one additional honor, the Diversity Champion Award, will be presented at the college’s inaugural Diversity Summit in October 2022.


Stacy Estep, writer/publicist, sestep3@utk.edu