University of Evansville Announces Berger Awards for 2018

Posted: Tuesday, August 14, 2018

University of Evansville professors Laura Dwyer and Robert Dion were honored recently with the 2018 Sydney and Sadelle Berger Awards for Scholarly Activity and Service. They were presented with the awards by Charlie Berger during UE’s Fall Conference.

UE associate professor of management Laura Dwyer was given the Berger Award for Scholarly Activity. Dwyer has significantly contributed to the research community. She is a prominent scholar and teacher specializing in the areas of organizational behavior, human resources, decision making, and leadership.

Dwyer has a strong interest in publishing in peer-reviewed pedagogical journals in the areas of business education and higher education. Of particular interest is Dwyer’s research titled “Leadership self-efficacy and managers' motivation for leading change.” This research has received 416 citations since its publication in 2002 in the Journal of Organizational Behavior

Dwyer continually shares her knowledge by delivering seminars and workshops at Harvard Business School, Northwestern University, and University of Colorado.

She has received UE’s Schroeder School of Business Dean’s Service Award, the Dean's Research Award, and the Dean's Teaching Award twice. Dwyer has also received a Teaching Fellows Grant from the Center for Teaching Excellence.

UE associate professor of political science and chair of law, politics, and society Robert Dion was the recipient of the Berger Award for Service. Dion is committed to serving UE and the community and to promoting diversity and equal rights for all people.

He has been chair of the Evansville-Vanderburgh County Human Relations Commission for several years. He has been a featured speaker at statewide meetings of all Indiana human rights agencies and a delegate to conventions of the International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies. Dion is a longtime member of the Evansville Diversity Distinguished Lecture Series board.

At UE, Dion has received the United Methodist Exemplary Teaching Award and serves on several committees and boards, including the Diversity Lecture Series board and the MLK Day Committee. He chairs UE’s Constitution Day committee and works with We the People, a national program dedicated to teaching secondary school students about the US. Constitution.

He is regularly interviewed by local, statewide, national, and international news outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Le Monde, the BBC World Service, The Guardian, and Radio Canada.

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