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Professor Phelps Appointed Buckner Chair

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Dr. Selcen Phelps
Dr. Selcen Phelps, Associate Professor of Accounting, Business, Economics & Management Information Systems (MIS), was named the William Gordon Buckner Endowed Chair in Business by the Westminster Board of Trustees at the recent board meeting.

Dr. Phelps is the second Westminster professor to hold this position, following the tenure of Professor Gyan Pradhan.

"Teaching at Westminster is a highly rewarding experience," says Phelps.

"But it does make it challenging to engage in demanding research projects. I am honored and excited to receive the Buckner Chair, as it will provide opportunities for me to pursue a more ambitious research agenda than I have been able to do so far."

Named for its donor, William Gordon Buckner, who attended Westminster from 1952-54 to honor his parents, Charles Madison Buckner, Jr., and Mary Margaret Buckner, to support a faculty member in the Westminster Business Department, the Chair provides funds and benefits to encourage research projects that will lead to regular presentations and publications that contribute to the goals of the department and the mission, educational goals and strategic vision of Westminster. The Chair is a three-year appointment.

"My initial focus will be on the sequence analysis study that I am collaborating on now with Dr. Bill Guinee," says Dr. Phelps. "After that, I shall either revive my metaheuristics research stream or build a new one around the entrepreneurship and MIS fields that I have been teaching at Westminster. Dr. Bowzer and I are also discussing the possibility of writing a business calculus book together."

Dr. Phelps has worked as a consultant, adjunct professor, research assistant in writer in both Turkey and the United States.

For the past five years, she has taught at Westminster, designing the MIS program and teaching business, quantitative methods and MIS classes. In 2008, she was awarded the Dean's Outstanding Junior Faculty Award. In 2010, she was promoted to Associate Professor and received the Patricia Kliene Liebling Faculty of the Year Award from the Westminster Parents Association.

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