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Faculty/Staff Spotlight

July 8, 2014

Blackford honored with International Teaching Excellence Award

Dr. Ben Blackford

Dr. Ben Blackford

Dr. Ben Blackford, assistant professor of management at Northwest Missouri State University, is the recipient of the 2014 Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs International Teaching Excellence Award. The honor was announced June 29 at the ACBSP annual conference in Chicago. 

Blackford became eligible to receive the award after he was named the winner of 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. Each of the regional winners were honored at the conference, where they were presented with a medallion and a $100 check.

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.

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.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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