International Recognition for Business Professors

Oct 29, 2015

by Salma Nawlo | Staff Writer

Proving that the Florida Southern business school’s AACSB accreditation is not just a title but a continuous standard set to meet the highest of academic expectations, professors Chuck DuVal, Ph.D. and Will Quilliam, Ph.D. won “Best Paper” awards for all four of the research papers they submitted over the summer.

Certificate in recognition of business professors' hard work.

Institutional accreditation determines a school’s quality and adherence to academic rigor.  When it comes to the field of commerce, entrepreneurship, and leadership, an accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) indicates that the curriculum is challenging and the faculty is highly skilled in the area.

“Per AACSB requirements, it is important that our business faculty produce impactful research,” said DuVal, professor of finance. “It is a testament to our administration as it encourages and supports us with the resources to do so.”

Florida Southern was the only organization represented more than once, winning three of the nine award categories offered by the renowned World Business Institute: Banking and Finance, Global Review of Accounting and Finance, and the Global Economy of Finance Journal.

DuVal and Quilliam represented FSC yet again at a separate event, through the Indianapolis 2015 Conference hosted by the Academy of Business Research.

“Our students have also taken notice of our research, and it has added interest on their parts. We have made many connections, and this is leading to collaborative student research.”
~Dr. Quilliam

“I was frankly surprised at the conference when our papers received so much attention and our international colleagues were so interested in our streams of research,” said DuVal.

Bringing much attention to the high caliber of faculty members at Florida Southern, the awards serve as a benefit not only to our faculty, but to students as well.

“Our students have also taken notice of our research, and it has added interest on their parts,” said Quilliam, professor of accounting. “We have made many connections, and this is leading to collaborative student research. In fact, some of our students will present research at an academic conference in Boca Raton next month.”

The awards place the College in the international spotlight and further affirm Florida Southern’s thoroughness when it comes to inspiring advanced scholars — encouraging DuVal and Quilliam to continue on this journey.

“We are very pleased that our combination of finance and accounting perspectives has been so appreciated thus far. We have several more papers in mind that extend our results from these papers’ stream of research.”