Smeal Update: April 15, 2022

Smeal announces new Executive DBA Program

Smeal announced recently the addition of a new flexible doctorate program designed primarily for senior-level executives around the globe. The college will begin accepting applications this summer for fall 2023 enrollment in the new Executive Doctorate of Business Administration. Read the story.

Cameron honored with 2022 Hendrick Award

Brian Cameron, associate dean of professional graduate programs and executive education, has been honored with the 2022 Shirley Hendrick Award, presented by the Penn State Commission for Adult Learners for service to adult learners. Read the story.

Marketing Department, faculty ranked by AMA for research productivity

The Penn State Smeal College of Business Department of Marketing and two of its faculty, Karen Winterich and Gary Lilien, are included on two lists of author research productivity recently published by the American Marketing Association. Read the story

Sapphire team places 2nd in international competition

Four Penn State Smeal undergraduate students, all members of the Sapphire Leadership Academic Program, partnered to place second in the 2022 International Executive Challenge at Utah State University in Logan, Utah. Read the story.

Nominate someone for a Smeal Teaching Award

We need your help! Please take five minutes to help us recognize and reward the very best of the teaching that took place over the past year at Smeal. Nominations will be accepted until May 6, and recipients will be selected by the Smeal Teaching Awards Committee over the summer. Award winners will be announced and celebrated in September. Please visit and nominate someone today.  

Nominate a graduate student for a RISE Above Award

The RISE Above Graduate Student Award formally recognizes a graduate student for their commitment to advancing Smeal’s goals of promoting honor and integrity. The commitment can be demonstrated through any combination of behaviors demonstrated in the classroom, research, professional work, or student leadership. Won’t you please consider nominating one of your students using this online form by no later than April 22?

CGBS to offer funding for student research assistants

The Center for Global Business Studies funds several students each semester to work with Smeal faculty conducting international business research. Students receive $750 for completing 50 hours of research. The work assigned to students can include research support for publications or conference papers you are working on, or to develop global content in courses you teach. The one-page application form requesting a research assistant can be found online. Return it to Terrence Guay ( by April 22 for fall 2020 semester funding. 

Save the date: Smeal Diversity Drop-In Event

Are you interested in being an ally for diversity, equity, and inclusion? We would love to talk to you. Drop by Happy Valley Brewing Company from 4-6 p.m. on April 26 to meet and chat with members of the Smeal Diversity Task Force. Appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. RSVP to the email sent March 30 by the end of the day April 22 or email Emily Baxter at to ensure an accurate count for ordering appetizers. Can’t make it but still want to talk about diversity? Email Emily or Stacey Dorang Peeler at to schedule another time to talk.

Smeal in the News

Jenkins writes ‘taxdemic’ article for WalletHub

Ed Jenkins, professor of practice in accounting, wrote an Ask the Experts article for the Tax Day by the Numbers 2022 section of WalletHub’s website. Read the story.

Next week at Smeal

Jean Oelwang book signing: noon – 2 p.m. April 22

Smeal Board of Visitors member Jean Oelwang, a 1987 Smeal marketing alumna, will be at the Penn State Bookstore in the HUB-Robeson Center from noon to 2 p.m. April 22 to sign copies of her book “Partnering: Forge the Deep Connections That Make Great Things Happen.” Oelwang is the founding CEO and president of Virgin Unite. She has worked with partners to lead the incubation and start-up of several global initiatives, including The Elders, The B Team, The Carbon War Room (successfully merged with RMI), Ocean Unite, The Caribbean Climate Smart Accelerator, 100% Human at Work, The Virgin Unite Constellation and the Branson Centres of Entrepreneurship.

Know someone who rocks? Nominate them!

Each month the Smeal Staff Advisory Committee names a You Rock! Award recipient. The YouRock! Award recipient for March is Graham Lockard, the IT infrastructure manager for the RIIT Group. Congratulations, Graham. You rock! You can nominate a co-worker for the You Rock! Award online.

The Smeal Community Weekly Poll

Click this link to participate in this week’s survey. Results will be shared during the next Smeal Community Zoom, which is scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday.