News and Events


  • Dr. Linda Lerner, Professor of Management, retired after many years of dedicated service to the College of Business.  
  • The Department of Decision Sciences won the “Best Darn Major” Competition

Faculty research

  • Dr. Bonita Barger published in the Academy of Educational Leadership Journal
  • Drs. Bonita Barger, Rodley Pineda and Linda Lerner published in the Proceedings of the International Academy of Business and Public Administration Disciplines Conference.
  • Drs. Christine Miller and Stuart Wells published twice in the International Conference of Academic Business World.
  • Dr. Nat Natarajan published in the Proceedings of the National Annual Meeting of the Decision Sciences Institute (DSI)
  • Dr. Nat Natarajan published in the Proceedings of the Doing Business in India International Conference.  It was selected as one of the top ten papers by the conference committee and will be published by IFIM in the special issue.
  • Dr. Nat Natarajan published in the Proceedings of the Fourth conference of Indian Subcontinent Region of Decision Sciences Institute (ISDSI), Gurgaon, India, December 28-31, 2010
  • Dr. Tom Timmerman published in the Journal of Human Resources Education
  • Dr. Tom Timmerman in the Psychological Science.

Innovation resulting in savings, efficiency and/or improved outcomes

  • Dr. Brian Huguenard attended a workshop on  “Structural Equation Models and Latent Variables: An Introduction” at the Institute of Social Research, University of Michigan

Faculty, staff and student awards

  • Dr Tom Timmerman – COBBOT Overall Outstanding Award
  • Dr. Bonita Barger – COBBOT Excellence in Research Award
  • Dr. Bonita Barger – Co-winner of the AoL Award for Spring 20111

Community service activities

  • Dr. Miller was Program Chair for the Southwest Academy of Management at the recent 2011 conference of FBD in Houston
  • Dr. Bonita Barger coached a student group that participated in the NIBS Case Competition Coach, Denmark, Spring 2010
  • Dr. Bonita Barger was the Faculty Advisor and Coach for George Washington MBA International Case Competition
  • Dr. Stuart Wells continued his work in the Computer Forensics Initiative.
  • Dr. Curtis Armstrong worked on a web based application for the Tennessee Board of Regents.
  • Dr. Debbie Ballou is developing new course in Healthcare Information Systems.  She is also significantly revising content of DS 2810
  • Dr. Jack Matson served as Treasurer for the Upper Cumberland Broadcast Council (WCTE Public Television) and the Vice Chair of Leadership Putnam
  • Dr. Nat Natarajan continues to serve as the Assistant Dean for Assurance of Learning.
  • Dr. Tom Timmerman started his responsibilities as the Director of the TTU Quality Enhancement Plan
  • Drs. Nat Natarajan and Curtis Armstrong facilitated a grant processing exercise at TTU to help streamline the grant process and make it more attractive for faculty to be involved in grants.

Governor’s School for IT Leadership

  • 36 high school students from through the state participated
  • To apply they must be in the top 10% of their high school.
  • Received 95 applications
  • They received 6 hours of college credit and lived on campus for 5 weeks.
  • Students are assigned to groups of six students.  Each group develops a complete business plan for a proposed business.  At the end of the program, the groups present their plan to the other students and judges.  Awards are given to students for the first, second and third place best business plan.
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