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Source: Yar Ebadi, 785-532-7227,
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News release prepared by: Melanie Horton, 785-532-7227,

Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009


MANHATTAN -- Two faculty members at Kansas State University's College of Business Administration have been recognized for their contributions to teaching and research.

Chwen Sheu, professor of management and the Paul Edgerley Distinguished Chair in Business Administration, is the fall 2009 recipient of the Kansas State Bank Teaching Excellence Award. Thomas Wright, professor of management and Jon Wefald Distinguished Chair in Business Leadership, is the fall 2009 recipient of the College of Business Administration Outstanding Contribution in Research Award.

Sheu and Wright were recognized at the college's commencement ceremony Dec. 12.

"It is very gratifying to know that we have faculty members who are so committed to excellence," said Yar Ebadi, dean of K-State's College of Business Administration. "Drs. Sheu and Wright are most deserving of these prestigious awards. Their accomplishments are outstanding examples of the very best in teaching achievement and quality research."

Sheu is rated highly by his students and promotes international teaching experiences through student-faculty exchange programs. He also mentors junior faculty and is always willing to share teaching material, knowledge and experience to help them improve their teaching skills. He has a doctorate from Ohio State University, a master's from Iowa State University and a bachelor's from National Chung-Hsing University, Taiwan.

From 2008 to 2009, Wright had nine peer-reviewed journal articles and four book chapters published. Seven of the nine journal articles were published in either the Journal of Organizational Behavior or the Journal of Management, two of the top-ranked publication outlets in the field of management. Wright's research provides practical guidelines for managers who want to have a positive impact on the workplace. Wright has a doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley, a master's from San Francisco State University and a bachelor's from Stonehill College.

The College of Business Administration's faculty recognition and awards committee selected the winners.