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6/15/11 - 15 tapped for faculty leadership program

Fifteen Mississippi State faculty members are new selections for the competitive 2011-2012 David Carlisle Hull Faculty Leadership Program.

Sponsored by the university's Office of Research and Economic Development, the program works to develop the next generation of campus academic leaders, among other goals. It honors the memory of the land-grant institution's sixth president (1920-25) and Hull Residence Hall namesake.

"Our university has a strong tradition of effective leadership on campus and in the communities we serve," said David Shaw, vice president for research and economic development. "The faculty leadership program helps outstanding faculty members further develop the skills needed to lead Mississippi State forward in its mission of teaching, research and service."

During the 10-month program to begin in September, participants will be part of various presentations and roundtable discussions with top administrators. Session topics include leadership styles, organizational change, diversity, building winning research teams, and organizational evaluation and assessment.

This year's participants include:

--Theodore B. "Ted" Atkinson III, assistant professor of English;

--Yoginder S. "Yogi" Dandass, associate professor of computer science and engineering;

--Islam El-Adaway, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering;

--Rafael Hernandez, associate professor of chemical engineering;

--Gregg Ibendahl, associate extension professor in agricultural economics;

--John Kushla, associate extension research professor at the North Mississippi Research and Extension Center, Verona;

--John Madsen, associate extension research professor at the Geosystems Research Institute;

--Jarrod R. Moss, assistant professor of psychology;

--Dagmar Radin, assistant professor of political science and public administration;

--Angela Robertson, research professor at the Social Science Research Center;

--Rebecca Robichaux; assistant professor of curriculum, instruction and special education;

--Mark W. Shankle, associate research professor at North Mississippi Research and Extension Center, Pontotoc;

--Erdem Topsakal, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering;

--John M. Usher, professor of industrial and systems engineering; and

--Keisha A. Walters, assistant professor, chemical engineering.

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JIM LAIRD | University Relations and the Office of Research and Economic Development

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