Leanne Smith, assistant professor in management in the College of Business, has been named a regional recipient for the 2011 ACBSP Teaching Excellence Award. The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) recognizes individuals each year who exemplify teaching excellence in the classroom.
Smith will be honored, along with other regional recipients, at the 2011 ACBSP Annual Conference, June 24-27 in Indianapolis, where she will receive a medallion and a $100 check. 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,Smith is now a candidate for the international award.
“Upon my arrival here at Lipscomb three years ago, one of the first faculty members to stand out was Leanne Smith. I quickly noted her dedication, her willingness to take on any task, and her selfless and humble spirit,” said Turney Stevens, dean of the College of Business.
In addition to her faculty appointment, Smith coordinates the College of Business' mentor program. She holds a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts degree from Lipscomb University and a Master of Science degree from Middle Tennessee State University. She was received an Outstanding Teacher Award from Lipscomb University in 2010.
The Associate Degree Commission of ACBSP established the International Teaching Excellence Award in 1995 to recognize outstanding classroom teachers. In 2002, the Baccalaureate Degree Commission created a similar award to recognize excellence in teaching at the baccalaureate 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,” he stated.
ACBSP currently has more than 932 member campuses in 48 countries and nine regions.