Many students can attest to faculty members’ merit as teachers at the University of Houston-Victoria, but behind the scenes, they are also hard at work as researchers. At the recent spring commencement ceremony, UHV presented its first Excellence in Research and Scholarly Activity Award to recognize faculty work in advancing knowledge within the larger community of learners. The award went to Dr. Ziad Swaidan, assistant professor of marketing in the School of Business Administration.
“We are very proud of Dr. Swaidan and his work,” said UHV President Tim Hudson. “He epitomizes the commitment our faculty members demonstrate to providing our students with cutting-edge information, regardless of the field of study. His ongoing record of research represents an outstanding contribution toward UHV’s mission of making high-quality education accessible to students in this region and beyond.”
For what will now be an annual honor, the university recognizes one professor who has earned special recognition from colleagues for research and scholarly activities such as publishing books or reviews, participating in meetings as an invited speaker, and securing research grants.
“The fact that this inaugural award was bestowed on me by my peers makes it a special honor,” said Swaidan. The award winner is selected by a faculty committee working under Faculty Senate guidelines.
Swaidan received his doctorate from the University of Mississippi in 1999. He joined the faculty at UHV in 2003, after teaching at Jackson State University for three years. Since coming to UHV, he has published 21 articles in scholarly refereed journals, four of which appeared in the Journal of Business Ethics, one of the top 40 elite journals used by the Financial Times to rank the best schools of business. He has also published articles in the International Business Review, the Journal of Marketing Theory and Practice, and the Journal of Business for Education.
In recognition of this achievement, Hudson presented Swaidan with a check and plaque prior to the commencement ceremony. To view a photo from the presentation, visit this site.