March 2017 Editor's Note: This post was originally published in July 2016 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
Susan Hermanson and Thomas Janicki, professors in the UNCW Cameron School of Business, are the recipients of distinguished professorships.
Hermanson has been appointed to a five-year term as the Cameron Distinguished Professor of Accountancy. Janicki has been reappointed for another five-year term as the Duke Energy/Gordon C. Hurlbert Distinguished Professor of Information Systems.
“Endowed faculty professorships represent the gold standard for recruiting and retaining outstanding faculty,” said Rob Burrus, dean of CSB. “Thanks to gracious donors, these awards help us retain two excellent professors with a deep commitment to community and professional engagement.”
Hermanson has been awarded the professorship in recognition of her achievements in teaching, research and service. She is the past recipient of eight teaching awards, including the UNCW Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award. She has authored and co-authored numerous articles in leading international journals, as well as a managerial accounting textbook. Her research investigating audit market mergers was referenced by the United States General Accounting Office (GAO) in its 2003 report to the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs and the House Committee on Financial Services.
In addition, she serves as the faculty advisor to the Beta Alpha Psi Accounting Honorary Society and the Beta Gamma Sigma Honorary Society. Prior to joining UNCW in 2000, she held faculty positions at the University of Tampa and the University of Nevada Las Vegas. She holds a Ph.D. in accounting from Texas A&M University.
“UNCW is such a wonderful institution and it’s an honor to represent the university, the Cameron School of Business and the Department of Accountancy and Business Law in this way,” said Hermanson. “It’s my goal to remain at UNCW for the rest of my academic career and to do all I can to make a difference in the institution and the lives of students.”
A faculty member of the department of information systems in the Cameron School of Business since 1999, Janicki teaches more than 10 courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. He has published two academic journals and authored more than 35 peer-reviewed journal articles and conference proceedings.
He is also the coordinator of the university’s annual Wilmington Information Technology eXchange (WITX) conference. The conference was established to foster communications between the IT community and the university. The event continues to flourish with noted growth in the number of attendees, vendors and exhibitors each year.
“The professorship will enable the continued growth of our department’s community and employer outreach efforts,” said Janicki. “It will also support our efforts to best prepare our students for today’s workforce, as well as increase our management information systems internships and full-time job opportunities.”
He is past president of the international Information Systems Educators Special Interest Group for the Association of Information Technology Professionals and currently serves on the board of the Information Systems and Computing Academic Professionals.
Janicki holds a Ph.D. in information systems from Kent State University, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Carnegie-Mellon University.