• UWA Professor Receives Teaching Excellence Award

    Posted: May 03, 2012

    Author: Lisa Yessick

     Dr. Wayne Bedford, professor of information systems at the University of West Alabama’s College of Business, recently received international recognition for excellence in classroom teaching.

    Bedford is one of 10 regional recipients of the 2012 Teaching Excellence Award from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Award recipients are selected based on their classroom teaching, professional development, and community and campus involvement.

    “Wayne maintains high standards in the classroom, goes the extra mile to help students and faculty alike, and is always available and willing to assist colleagues throughout the university—which he is frequently called upon to do,” said Dr. Ken Tucker, dean of the UWA College of Business. “His academic performance is strong and his character and integrity are beyond reproach.”

    In recommending him for the ACBSP honor, Tucker cited Bedford’s commitment to using technology, as well as his industry experience and current research, in the classroom. “Students like professors who, like Wayne, practice what they teach, who are interesting in the classroom and who use technology in a relevant way,” Tucker said. “His successes encourage our entire faculty to be more on the cutting edge of technology-enhanced teaching.”

    Bedford has also taken on the role of keeping the college’s technology current, Tucker said. “He’s much attuned to opportunities to innovate and improve our offerings and programs,” he said. “Visitors to the College of Business are always impressed with our state-of-the-art technology.”

    In addition to teaching, Bedford serves as associate dean of the College of Business and is the chair of the Department of Computer Information Systems and Technology. He earned his doctorate, master’s, M.B.A., and bachelor’s degrees at Mississippi State University and has taught at The University of West Alabama since 2003. His research interests include mobile commerce, and ethics and trust in information systems, and he maintains membership in the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the Association of Computing Machinery, the Decision Sciences Institute, and the Southern Management Association.

    Bedford and the other nine regional recipients will be honored at the ACBSP’s annual conference in Baltimore, Md., this June. As a regional recipient, Bedford is now a candidate for the 2012 ACBSP International Teaching Excellence Award, which will be announced at the conference.

    The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, founded in 1988, is an international accrediting association for business education. The organization currently has more than 1,051 member campuses in 50 countries and ten regions. For more information about the ACBSP, visit www.acbsp.org.

    Established in 1967, the University of West Alabama’s College of Business offers undergraduate programs in accounting, business administration, management, marketing, technology, computer information systems, industrial technology and industrial maintenance. For more information about the college, visit www.uwa.edu/cob, e-mail ktucker@uwa.edu or call (205) 652-3471.

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