Robert M. Vance Professor of Business Administration
B.S., Presbyterian College
B.E., Vanderbilt University
Ph.D., Clemson University
Joined PC Faculty: 1987
- Management and Organizational Behavior
- Operations Management
- Computer Applications for Business
- Managerial Communication
- Doing Business in China (2009, 2012)
Presbyterian College Professor of the Year, 2001
Presbyterian College SGA Spirit of PC Award, 2001
Presbyterian College Outstanding Young Alumna Award, 1999
Professional and Service Activities
Southeast Decision Sciences Institute (SE DSI)
- Program Chair, 2016
- President Elect, 2017
- President, 2018
Decision Sciences Institute (DSI) member
Laurens County Health Care System Board member
Recent Presentations and Publications
“Understanding the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA+) as a Measure of Critical Thinking,” Presentation at Decision Sciences Institute annual conference, November 2015.
“The Effect of Required Student Presentations in Operations Management Class,” Proceedings of Southeast INFORMS, October 2015.
“A Review of the Higher Education Crisis Literature and Implications for Business Faculty Members,” Proceedings of Southeast INFORMS, October 2014.
“Outsourced: Romantic Comedy Meets World Economic Data and Cross Cultural Management Concepts in Heat Maps,” Proceedings of the Southeast Decision Sciences Institute, February 2014.
“Using Peer Evaluation to Support Class Participation Grading in the Managerial Communication course,” Proceedings of the Southeast Decision Sciences Institute, February 2013.
“Healthcare and Higher Education: Shared Lessons in Lean,” Proceedings of the Southeast Decision Sciences Institute, February 2012 (co-authored and co-presented with Sandra Thompson).
“Connections for Healthcare Quality – The Linkage Between the Introduction of Lean Principles in Higher Education and their Application in a Healthcare Setting,” Presentation to Decision Sciences Institute, November 2011 (co-presented with Sandra Thompson).
“A Comparison of Classroom Response Systems: Handheld Clickers vs. Cellphone Texting,” workshop presented at Southeast Decision Sciences Institute, February 2011.
“Client Satisfaction Surveys: A Process Improvement Tool for Law Firms,” Proceedings of the Southeast Decision Sciences Institute, February 2010 (co-authored and co-presented with Brenda L. Stewart).
“Faculty Assessment of Internships: Creating a Better System,” Proceedings of the Southeast Decision Sciences Institute, February 2009 (co-authored and co-presented with Linda Jameison.”
“Internships and Outcomes: Learning Through Collaboration,” presented at ACPA, March 2008 (co-presented with Linda Jameison).
Developed DVD highlighting students, faculty, and employers in the PC internship program with Linda Jameison, 2008.
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