June 11, 2004

Marcia Anderson earns national recognition

by Paula M. Davenport

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Two business educators with links to Southern Illinois University Carbondale recently won accolades from peers at an annual meeting in Chicago.

Meanwhile, Mary Ann DeLine, who earned a doctorate in the department, won kudos for her dissertation.Top honors went to Marcia A. Anderson, a respected business education professor and director of graduate programs in the SIUC Workforce Education and Development department.

The recognition came during the National Business Education Association's spring conference.

Anderson won the John Robert Gregg Award in Business Education, a national prize presented each year to an individual for outstanding contributions to the advancement of business education.

The award, given by a division of the famed textbook publishing companies of McGraw-Hill, bears the late business pioneer Gregg's name.

Anderson has taught undergraduate and graduate professional teacher education and business education classes since joining the SIUC faculty in 1975.

During that time, she served as chair of committees for more than 70 award-winning dissertations and numerous theses.

Graduates of the program Anderson heads now occupy influential positions in business education around the world.

In addition, Anderson is the author or co-author of numerous scholarly articles on business education and information technology. Her long history of service includes the editorial boards of the Journal of Business and Training Education and the Journal of Education for Business.

She belongs to several professional organizations and served as chair of the national policies commission for business and economic education, presided over Delta Pi Epsilon, the national business education research organization, and headed the National Association of Teacher Educators for Business Education.

University alumna DeLine won Delta Pi Epsilon's doctoral research award.

Now an assistant professor in Southeast Missouri State University's department of middle and secondary education, DeLine looked at high school students' recall of keyboarding, or typing, skills, which are critical in today's computer-reliant society.