Warrington honors five educators with teaching/advising awards

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Warrington College of Business Administration has recognized five of its brilliant and talented educators with its 2011-12 Teaching/Advising Awards.

William R. Hough Faculty Fellow Dr. Subhajyoti Bandyopadhyay and Associate Professor Dr. Jane Douglas were named Teachers of the Year in the graduate/professional division. In the undergraduate division, jcpenney Professor Dr. Richard Lutz and Lecturer Dr. Michelle Darnell were named Teachers of the Year. Erica Byrnes, the Associate Director for Academic Advising & Career Coaching at the School of Business, was named Advisor of the Year.

“There were a number of excellent nominees in all categories so choosing the winners was challenging,” said Senior Associate Dean & Director of the Hough Graduate School of Business Dr. S. Selcuk Erenguc. “The College is fortunate to have such a pervasive level of excellence in its teaching and advising activity.”

Dr. Subhajyoti (Shubho) Bandyopadhyay


Dr. Subhajyoti Bandyopadhyay: Dr. Bandyopadhyay joined the Warrington faculty in 2002 as an assistant professor in the Department of Information Systems and Operations Management and became an Associate Professor in 2010. A research paper he co-authored, “The Debate on Net Neutrality—A Policy Perspective,” is one of the most popular academic works on the topic of net neutrality, and was cited by Google as part of its filing to the Federal Communications Commission in support of net neutrality. He has received numerous research grants from Warrington and the University of Florida, and was the recipient of Warrington’s Judy Fisher Teaching with Technology Award recognizing the professor whose teaching best exemplified the use of technology over the past year. Dr. Bandyopadhyay teaches courses in Business Database Design & Development and Advanced Business Design. He earned a Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (Kanpur, India) in 1991, an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (Bangalore, India) in 1993 and a Doctor of Philosophy from the Krannert Graduate School of Management at Purdue University.

Jane Douglas


Dr. Jane Douglas: Dr. Douglas has spent the past eight years as an Associate Professor at Warrington, and has been at the University of Florida since 1996 previously working in the Department of English as an Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Associate Director of the University Writing Program and Director of the Dial Center for Written and Oral Communication. Dr. Douglas, who received the Outstanding Faculty Award—MBA (2001) and MSE (2010), has published numerous books and journal articles on the topics of media studies, communication and writing. She teaches courses in Professional Writing and Professional Communication. Dr. Douglas earned a Bachelor of Arts (1982) and Master of Arts (1983) in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in English Education from NYU in 1992.

Richard Lutz


Dr. Richard Lutz: Dr. Lutz, who has been recognized as the College’s Teacher of the Year for the sixth time, has served as a Professor in Warrington’s Department of Marketing since 1982. During his tenure at Warrington, he has held the positions of Acting Chairman of the Marketing Department, Director of Graduate Studies for the Warrington College of Business Administration, jcpenney-Florida Professor in Retail Consumer Behavior, Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Students Affairs and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Student Affairs. Among his most recent honors, Dr. Lutz was named the 2010 American Marketing Association Irwin/McGraw-Hill Distinguished Marketing Educator—the highest honor conferred by the AMA for distinguished service and outstanding contributions in marketing education— the University of Florida Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Professor (2007-09), the Sherwin-Williams Distinguished Teacher (Society for Marketing Advances, 2008) and as one of the top undergraduate business professors in the nation by Businessweek (2006). Dr. Lutz, who teaches the course Principles of Marketing, has authored five books and more than 80 journal articles analyzing consumer behavior, and marketing communications. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing (1969), a Master of Science in Marketing (1972) and a Ph.D. in Marketing (1973) all from the University of Illinois.

Michelle Darnell


Dr. Michelle Darnell: Dr. Darnell has been a Lecturer in Warrington’s Department of Management since 2010. Dr. Darnell has written numerous articles and made frequent presentations on the topics of ethics, business ethics and existentialism. Among her duties at Warrington, Dr. Darnell serves as a faculty advisor to the Undergraduate Ethics Ambassadors and Undergraduate Business Ethics Case Competition Team. She teaches the course Ethics in Global Business. Dr. Darnell earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Philosophy from the University of San Diego (1998), a Master of Arts in Philosophy from Purdue University (2001) and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Purdue University in 2004. She also received AACSB Academic Qualification after completing the Post-Doctoral Bridge to Business Program (Management and Marketing track) at UF’s Hough Graduate School of Business.

Erica Byrnes


Ms. Erica Byrnes: Ms. Byrnes is the Associate Director for Academic Advising & Career Coaching at the School of Business. She is tasked with ensuring the academic advising at the School of Business is highly effective, efficient and meets the needs of students. She supervises seven academic advisors and a program assistant counseling the School of Business’ 2,500 undergraduate students on academic and professional development issues. She is also an instructor for Warrington Welcome, a course for incoming freshmen, and is a mentor for Warrington Welcome Peer Leaders. Ms. Byrnes has been recognized by NACADA (National Academic Advising Association) with its Region 4 Excellence in Advising Administration award (2012) and as an Emerging Leader (2007-09). At the School of Business, Ms. Byrnes has held the positions of Graduate Assistant and Academic Advisor before becoming the Associate Director for Academic Advising & Career Coaching in 2006. She earned a BS in Psychology and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Florida in 2002, and a Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.) and Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degrees from UF in 2005.