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Faculty/Staff Spotlight

April 16, 2014

Blackford to be honored with ACBSP Teaching Excellence Award

Dr. Ben Blackford

Dr. Ben Blackford

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) has announced Dr. Ben Blackford, assistant professor of management at Northwest Missouri State University, will receive the 2014 Teaching Excellence Award for the Midwestern Council for Business Schools and Programs in ACBSP’s Region 5.

ACBSP recognizes individuals annually from each of its 10 regions who exemplify teaching excellence in the classroom. As a regional recipient, Blackford is now a candidate for the 2014 ACBSP International Teaching Excellence Award to be announced in June.

Blackford will be honored, along with other regional recipients, at the 2014 ACBSP Annual Conference, June 27-30, in Chicago, where he will receive a medallion and a $100 check.

“Ben continually incorporates experiential learning activities in the classroom and is engaged in significant research that informs his teaching,” said Dr. Steve Ludwig, chair and assistant professor of Northwest’s Department of Business.

Ludwig noted Blackford received the Dean’s Award for Teaching last fall in Northwest’s Melvin D. and Valorie G. Booth College of Business and Professional Studies. He also worked as the principal investigator on a USDA grant to study the possibility of connecting local consumers with local meat producers, and he coordinates the annual New Venture Pitch Competition at Northwest.

The Associate Degree Commission of ACBSP established the International Teaching Excellence Award in 1995 to recognize outstanding classroom teachers. ACBSP is the only specialized accrediting body for business schools that presents an award recognizing excellence in teaching.

Blackford is the second Northwest business faculty member in three years to be recognized with the ACBSP Teaching Excellence Award. Allison Hoffmann, instructor of management, was honored with the award in 2012.

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

ACBSP is the only global accrediting body to accredit business, accounting, and business-related programs at all degree levels. Its mission is to promote continuous improvement and recognize excellence in the accreditation of business education programs around the world. Recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as a specialized accreditation agency for business education, ACBSP has 11,000 individual members at 1,227 member campuses, 186 of which are located outside the U.S.


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Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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