Award honoring Paul Cronan created by the Cordes Teaching and Teacher Support Center

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Paul Cronan, Information Systems Department

A prize rewarding Paul Cronan, co-founder of the Cordes teaching and faculty support centre, was recently created. The award, The Paul Cronan Technology Teaching Excellence Award, will be presented in 2022 and the winner will be recognized at the Fall 2022 Annual Teaching Awards Reception.

Faculty, staff and students will be able to nominate faculty members who have excelled in using technology to enhance their teaching. A call for applications is forthcoming. Cronan, along with Wally Cordes and Ro DiBrezzo, founded the center in 1992 as an interactive resource for teachers striving to improve teaching and learning. He served the center twice as co-director in 1992-1994 and 2011-2014.

Carole Shook, Co-Director of TFSC, said, “Dr. Cronan has helped thousands of faculty shine in the University of Arkansas classroom, resulting in improved learning and student success. He mentors many students on campus and has often provided new faculty with recognition for their teaching. This award will recognize his current and future efforts by combining his love of teaching and technology.

Cronan is Professor and MD Matthews Chair in the Department of Information Systems at the Sam M. Walton College of Business. He is Director of Graduate Programs in Information Systems and Executive Director of Walton Enterprise Systems. In addition to founding the TFSC, he founded the Walton College Center for Teaching Effectiveness, the Blockchain Center of Excellence, and is a former Vice President of the Department of Information Systems.

He is an active member of the Association for Information Systems, the Decision Sciences Institute and the Association for Computing Machinery. He was recently recognized by the Decision Sciences Institute with the Lifetime Distinguished Educator Award. He served as Regional Vice President and Board Member of the Decision Sciences Institute and President of the Institute’s Southwest Region. In addition, he was associate editor for Quarterly GIS. He has won numerous college and university awards for teaching, research and service.

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