School of Business Administration : University of Vermont

University of Vermont

School of Business Administration

Faculty and Staff Recognition Award Winners Honored

MBA Director Willy Cats-Baril, Associate Professor Chun Zhang and Dean Sanjay Sharma

Associate Professor Chun Zhang and Information Technology Manager John Ritter were both honored at a faculty and staff reception.

Associate Professor Zhang was the recipient of the 2013 Faculty Scholarship Recognition Award.  Professor Zhang received her Ph.D. in Marketing and her Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in Finance from Renmin University in China.  Her research interests include relationship management challenges between organizations.  In particular, she examines how relational norms govern and recover inter-organizational relationships in complex environments.  For her work related to relationship management challenges in upstream supply chains, Professor Zhang has received several research grants from the prestigious MIT-IMVP (International Motor Vehicle Program).  Professor Zhang and her co-author also received a general research fund awarded by the Research Grants Council in Hong Kong, the most competitive and prestigious research grant institution in Hong Kong.  Her scholarly work has appeared in a number of top tier business journals including Journal of Operations Management, MIT Sloan Management Review, Journal of International Business Studies, and Journal of International Marketing.  In 2008, she received a Certificate of Recognition from the Michigan State University Broad College of Business in recognition of her contributions to the advancement of international business and innovation research.  Professor Zhang has taught marketing management, international market analysis and marketing research at the School of Business Administration since 2005.  Her industry experience includes statistical analysis for the Risk Management Group at Kraft Foods Inc. and project intern work for the Euro-Asia Flower Trade Corporation, Beijing.

John Ritter received the 2013 Staff Recognition Award.  John is the Information Technology Manager at the School of Business Administration.  He was first hired as Customer Service Representative for University Graphics & Printing in October 1991.  He earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in May 1997 and became a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer in May 1999.   His main areas of responsibility are the planning and implementation of the School’s hardware and software deployments.  He is the primary contact for messaging and collaboration services and serves as the Center for Research in Security Prices Database administrator.  He also oversees the security, maintenance, and optimization of the School’s computers.