Speicher Honored with Teaching Excellence Award

staff_spiecher (3) (1)Christopher Speicher, Ph.D., of Dunmore,  associate professor and director of entrepreneurship in the School of Business and Global Innovation (SBGI) at Marywood University, has received the 2020 Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) International Teaching Excellence Award.

The announcement was made during the ACBSP Annual Business Meeting that was held virtually on June 25, 2020. As the Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree Teaching Excellence Award Recipient for ACBSP Region 2, Dr. Speicher was honored with other regional recipients, each of whom received a crystal medallion and a monetary award. From that group, two International Teaching Excellence Award recipients were announced, one from a baccalaureate/graduate degree-granting institution, and one from an associate degree-granting institution. Dr. Speicher received the International Award, representing baccalaureate/graduate degree institutions, and was presented with an additional crystal medallion and monetary award to recognize this achievement.

“The Teaching Excellence Award is always a highlight for the entire ACBSP membership,” said Deborah Gaspard, Teaching Excellence Committee chair. “From the innovators, to the experts, to those special leaders going above and beyond, the Teaching Excellence Award allows us to collectively recognize and honor those faculty members making a difference on our campuses and in the lives of our students.”

Arthur Comstrock, Ph.D., executive director and chairman of the SBGI at Marywood University, said, “Dr. Speicher’s particular area of professional success is entrepreneurship—to which his achievements are second to none. He regularly mentors and prepares students for our regional Business Plan Competition at which the 14 colleges and universities within Northeastern Pennsylvania participate. His success with students in this competition is unprecedented—having mentored three of the last six competition winners, including a recent first-place, second-place, and third-place finish, all in the same year.” 

ACBSP recognizes the significance of the classroom teacher to the mission of degree-granting institutions. It is for this reason that the Associate Degree Commission of ACBSP established the International Teaching Excellence Award in 1995 to recognize outstanding classroom teachers. In 2002, the Baccalaureate Degree Commission created a similar award to recognize excellence in teaching at the baccalaureate degree level. ACBSP is the only specialized accrediting body for business schools that presents an award recognizing excellence in teaching. 

Marywood University’s SBGI is committed to improving the world by enabling students to acquire and develop their leadership competencies to meet the dynamic challenges of a knowledge-based global society. Marywood’s SBGI nurtures values conducive to ethical and socially responsible behavior. The undergraduate and graduate business programs promote academic excellence and scholarship through applied, experiential learning that emphasizes entrepreneurial solutions to business problems. That education focus fosters strong leadership qualities of integrity, accountability, and disciplined work ethic in service to others.

For additional information about Marywood University’s School of Business and Global Innovation, please visit www.marywood.edu/business, or call the Office of Admissions, at (570) 348-6234. For more information about the International Teaching Excellence Award, or ACBSP, please visit acbsp.org.

Dunmore Native Honored for His Excellence in the Classroom

staff_spiecher (3)Professor Christopher Speicher, Ph.D., associate professor and director of entrepreneurship in Marywood University’s School of Business and Global Innovation, has been named a regional recipient of the 2020 ACBSP Teaching Excellence Award.

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) recognizes individuals each year who exemplify teaching excellence in the classroom.

Dr. Speicher will be honored, along with other regional recipients, at the ACBSP Virtual Conference 2020, June 22-24. He will receive a crystal medallion and a $250 check. Two International Teaching Excellence Award recipients will be announced at the virtual conference, one from a baccalaureate/graduate degree-granting institution and one from an associate degree-granting institution. As a regional recipient, Dr. Speicher is now a candidate for the international award.

Arthur Comstock, Ph.D., executive director and chairman of the School of Business & Global Innovation at Marywood University, said, “I have witnessed a faculty member who is totally devoted to positively effecting the outcomes of student trajectories, either through proactive experiential classroom outcomes or just a freshman who is homesick. His engagement with students in starting, volunteering, and helping to operate start-up entities is unparalleled by any faculty anywhere. His commitment to continuous learning and fostering global entrepreneurship is awe-inspiring.” 

The ACBSP Associate Degree Commission established the International Teaching Excellence Award in 1995 to recognize outstanding classroom teachers. In 2002, the Baccalaureate Degree Commission created a similar award to recognize excellence in teaching at the baccalaureate/graduate degree level. ACBSP is the only specialized body for business schools that presents an award recognizing excellence in teaching, open to application by the entire membership.

“It is more important than ever for business programs to produce graduates who are ready to enter the global marketplace,” said Jeffrey Alderman, ACBSP President and CEO. “ACBSP has a mission to develop, promote, and recognize best practices that contribute to the continuous improvement of business education. Recognition of teaching excellence is one way we achieve this goal,” he stated.

Marywood University’s School of Business and Global Innovation (SOBGI) offers undergraduate and graduate programs that promote academic excellence and scholarship through applied, experiential learning, which emphasizes entrepreneurial solutions to business problems. Marywood’s SOBGI is committed to improving the world by enabling its students to acquire and develop their leadership competencies to meet the dynamic challenges of a knowledge-based global society and by nurturing values conducive to ethical and socially responsible behavior.

For additional information about Marywood University’s School of Business and Global Innovation, please visit marywood.edu/business/, or call the Office of Admissions, at (570) 348-6234.