Robles Receives Dyer Award for Teaching Excellence

Published on August 21, 2017

Dr. Marcel Robles has received the 2016-17 Jack L. Dyer Excellence in Teaching Award in the School of Business at Eastern Kentucky University.

Robles, who joined the EKU faculty in 2002, is a professor of corporate communication and technology in the Department of Management, Marketing and International Business (MMIB).

Nominations for the award were made by the department chairs for the departments of Accounting, Finance and Information Systems and MMIB and were reviewed by a three-member selection committee based on evidence of excellent classroom instruction. The committee also considered factors such as peer review of instruction, student evaluations of teaching performance, curriculum development, teaching load and innovative teaching methods.

The committee noted that Robles had received excellent teaching evaluations and peer reviews, adding that the honoree is always approachable, takes great interest in her students, always holds them to a high standard, and that her teaching style facilitates critical thinking. Robles received an EKU Critical Thinking Teacher of the Year Award in 2016.

The award honors the legacy of Dr. Jack L. Dyer, who served the EKU business program for more than 30 years, including 13 as director of the University’s MBA Program, before retiring in 2002.

“While I began my teaching at EKU after Dr. Dyer retired, I have heard so many wonderful comments about his love of teaching and students,” Robles said. “Now, knowing Dr. Dyer and his wife, Jerrilyn, from church and social activities, I recognize this dedication to high-quality education. They represent the heart of educating our future business leaders. I am in awe of Dr. Dyer’s continued commitment to and love for EKU School of Business students, faculty and staff. He is truly an inspiration for all of us.”

Robles was elected president of the Association for Research in Business Education for 2016-18. She teaches managerial report writing, professional communication, introduction to business, MBA research and strategic business communication.

She has served on several committees throughout her tenure at EKU, including Faculty Senate, Rights and Responsibilities, Financial and Strategic Planning, Graduate School, General Education, MMIB Promotion and Tenure, and search committees. Robles has also served as a QEP coach, as editor of the Journal for Research in Business Information Systems for six years, and has been president and program chair of various regional professional conferences.