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Oct. 24, 2013 Volume 35, No. 10

Four MU faculty named as 2013-14 SEC fellows

Four MU faculty members will join 45 other faculty from Southeastern Conference (SEC) universities as 2013-14 SEC Academic Leadership Development Program fellows. 

The SEC Academic Leadership Development Program (ALDP) is a professional development program that seeks to identify, prepare and advance academic leaders for roles within SEC institutions and beyond. 

The SEC ALDP, established in 2008, fosters academic leadership among SEC faculty by allowing them opportunities to address the challenges of academic administration at major research universities. The four MU faculty who will collaborate with other SEC faculty are:

Stephen Ferris, senior associate dean for graduate studies and research, at the Trulaske College of Business.
In addition to his appointment as associate dean, Ferris is also the J. H. Rogers Chair of Money, Credit and Banking and a professor of finance at MU. Prior to his current appointment, he served as the chair of MU’s Department of Finance for 10 years. Ferris’ research focuses on the areas of corporate governance and international corporate finance, in which he has published more than 110 refereed articles. 

Jana Hawley, professor and department chair of the Department of Textile and Apparel Management, College of Human Environmental Sciences.
Prior to her MU appointment, Hawley was professor and department chair for Apparel Textiles and Interior Design at Kansas State University. She also is a Pathways to Leadership Fellow, a Fulbright Scholar, a Global Scholar and recipient of the Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching at MU. 

Sandy Rikoon, associate dean for research and graduate studies at the College of Human Environmental Sciences.
Rikoon also is a Curators Distinguished Professor of rural sociology in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at MU. In addition, he is the director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security at MU, the only university center in the U.S. that integrates education, research and outreach activities on domestic food security. His research focuses on diverse aspects of food, environmental problems and public policy issues in the Midwestern U.S. and Eastern Europe.  

Gregory Triplett, director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the College of Engineering.
In addition to serving as director of undergraduate studies, Triplett is also the associate director of the MU Honors College, where his role involves strategic planning and communications, honors research, pre-health advising, and curriculum development. His research involves the development of mid-infrared photonic structures and compound semiconductor device manufacturing.