Announcing 2019 Innovation in Business Education Award Winners (updated 9/19/19)

There were many fine submissions this year.  Thank you to everyone who shared their innovative ideas.  After thoughtful reviews, feedback, and discussion, three submissions emerged as listed below. 

1st place:

“TIME is of the Essence: An Audit Escape Room Activity,” Michael Barnes, Truman State University, School of Business, and Kathy Enget, University at Albany-SUNY, School of Business. View Summary.  

2nd place:

“Near-Peer Student-Alumni Mentoring for Student Success,” Carl Vieregger, Drake University, College of Business and Public Administration. View Summary.  

3rd place:

“Internet and Social Media Marketing (ISMM) Course,” Andrew Gaudes, Brock University, Goodman School of Business. View Summary.  


2019 Innovation in Business Education Award: Call for Applications

This program seeks to encourage innovation in the pursuit of excellence in business education. This will be done by recognizing creative and unique strategies or programs that advance the quality of education and the management of resources in business schools of the MidAmerica Business Deans Association.  

The awards include cash prizes for the winners. There will normally be three award winners, and the cash awards will be $1,000, $750, and $500 respectively. In addition, honorable mention designations may be awarded by the MABDA Innovation Award Committee. The awards luncheon will be held on Monday, October 7 at the Omni Hotel in Chicago as part of the 2019 annual MABDA meeting that will run from October 6 - October 8, 2019.  

Submission Procedures
Programs within the business schools of MABDA are asked to apply through their Dean’s office. The application should be endorsed by the relevant Dean and contain the following components:

  1. Cover page with the name(s), address, email, telephone number, and school affiliation.
  2. Maximum of four double-spaced pages.
  3. A summary of the strategy or program. The specific points which should be addressed are:
    - Explain the innovative strategy or program.
    - How is it unique?
    - What are the benefits?
    - What is the transferability to other institutions?
    - Additional documentation, examples, or related materials may be included in an appendix.

The submission deadline is Friday, August 16, 2019.   Please direct any questions and submit applications to Dr. Daniel Connolly ( Dean of the College of Business and Public Administration at Drake University, and to Dr. Venky Venkatachalam ( Dean at the Beacom School of Business at the University of South Dakota.

Submissions will be evaluated by the MABDA Innovation Award Committee consisting of faculty and administrators from MABDA business schools. The criteria for judging the quality of submissions are creativity, content, and the potential for transferability.  All applicants will be notified regarding the status of their applications by September 9, 2019.

Note: The first-place winner(s), and the winning school’s Dean, are required to make a brief, formal joint presentation of their innovation program during the luncheon on Monday, October 7, 2019. The winning school is expected to cover the cost of the winner(s) attending the 2019 MABDA meeting.