UAB Collat School of Business students recently honored four professors with the second annual CSOB Teaching Excellence Awards. The teaching awards honor one professor in each academic department and in the graduate program and are voted on by Collat students.

Award recipients: Ave Jack and Ben Meadows (top row), Xiaoni Zhang and Tom Vermeer (bottom row)

Through the award, students recognize the professors they believe are most impactful in the classroom.

This year’s award recipients were honored at an all-school meeting in May. Each receives a $1,500 cash award.

Congratulations to the following CSOB Teaching Excellence Award winners:

Ave Jack opens a new website

Accounting and Finance Department

Jack is an instructor in the Accounting and Finance Department. She teaches most sections of BUS 110 (Essentials of Financial Literacy) and has been involved with the school’s Freshman Success Series and the Collat Tutoring Lab. She earned two master’s degrees – one in computer science from Boston University and one in higher education administration from UAB – and a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Ben Meadows, Ph.D. opens a new website

Marketing, Industrial Distribution & Economics Department

Dr. Meadows is an assistant professor of economics whose research areas include environmental economics and the economics of education, particularly the intersection of immigration policy and classroom outcomes. He joined the faculty in 2019 and teaches EC 200 (Microeconomics), EC 211 (Macroeconomics), EC 314 (Natural Resource Economics), and EC 415 (Sports Economics).

Xiaoni Zhang, Ph.D. opens a new website

Management, Information Systems & Quantitative Methods Department

Dr. Zhang is a professor of information systems at Collat as well as a senior scientist in the Heersink School of Medicine’s Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education. Her recent research includes healthcare outcome evaluation, healthcare analytics, student retention and mobile apps for addiction recovery. She joined the faculty in 2022 and teaches IS 301 (Intro to Database Management Systems) and IS 652 (Data Visualization).

Tom Vermeer, Ph.D. opens a new website

Graduate School of Management

Dr. Vermeer is a professor of accounting in the Accounting and Finance Department. He has more than 20 years of experience with CPA review programs including owning his own CPA Review course and teaching for three national/regional CPA review courses. He joined the faculty in 2022 and teaches AC 590 (Advanced Topics in Accounting) and AC 580 (Advanced Accounting) in the graduate program.

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