Faculty Spotlight: Spring 2014 Faculty Research Grant Recipients, Part 2

We are spending several weeks spotlighting the recipients of the Spring 2014 Faculty Research Grants. Get to know these distinguished faculty members below!

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Name: Petra Robinson

University: Louisiana State UniversityPetra Robinson

Title of Proposal: Measuring Andragogical Design Principles and Processes in Online Learning

Bio: Dr. Robinson is an Assistant Professor at Louisiana State University (LSU) and the Advisor for students in the Masters of Human Resource Education and Leadership Development. She received her PhD in Educational Administration and Human Resource Development from Texas A&M University, in 2011 with a focus on Adult Education. Keenly interested in issues of race, class, gender, and color, her research focuses on colorism, international adult learning and development, and social justice in education across multiple institutional types and learning contexts.

While at Texas A&M University, Dr. Robinson served as a graduate teaching/ research assistant, teaching human resource development courses and serving as an academic advisor to undergraduate students in human resource development and interdisciplinary studies. She also worked with the faculty development Higher Education Teaching Institute at Lone Star College System in Houston, Texas. Prior to joining LSU, Dr. Robinson was a Research Associate for the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Chair in Education in the Graduate School of Education, Department of Psychology at Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey.

Names: Daniel Sullivan & Sharon Watson

University: University of Delaware

Title of Proposal: The Role of Student Peer Review in the Learning Effectiveness of Online Education


Daniel Sullivan_PhotoDaniel P. Sullivan, Professor of International Business at the Alfred Lerner College of Business of the University of Delaware, received his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. He researches a range of topics, including globalization and business, international management, global strategy, competitive analysis, and corporate governance. His work on these topics has been published in leading scholarly journals, including the Journal of International Business Studies, Management International Review, Law and Society Review, and Academy of Management Journal. In addition, he has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of International Business Studies and Management International Review. Professor Sullivan has been honored for both his research and teaching, receiving grants and winning awards for both activities while at the University of Delaware and, his former affiliation, the Freeman School of Tulane University. He has been awarded numerous teaching honors at the undergraduate, M.B.A., and E.M.B.A. levels—most notably, he has been voted Outstanding Teacher by the students of 17 different Executive M.B.A. classes at the University of Delaware and Tulane University. Professor Sullivan has taught, designed, and administered a range of graduate, undergraduate, and nondegree courses on topics spanning globalization and business, international business operations, international management, strategic perspectives, executive leadership, and corporate strategy. In the United States, he has delivered lectures and courses at several university sites and company facilities. In addition, he has led courses in several foreign countries, including China, Hong Kong, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, France, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom. Finally, he has worked with many managers and consulted with several multinational enterprises on issues of international business.

Daniel Sullivan-Sharon Watson_PhotoSharon Watson is an Associate Professor in the Management Area of the Business Administration Department at the University of Delaware’s Lerner College of Business and Economics. She earned her Ph.D. in International Business and Strategic Management at the University of South Carolina.

Dr. Watson’s research addresses various aspects of international management. She has published studies on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, the management of foreign subsidiaries, international aspects of top management compensation and the effects of cultural differences on behavior in organizations. Her research has won several awards, such as the Academy of Management Best International Paper Award, the Best Paper Award for the Academy of International Business – Midwest, and two of her articles have won Emerald Publishing’s Highly Commended Article Award. Dr. Watson has published research articles in the Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies, Management International Review, Journal of International Management, Cross-Cultural Management, and others. She has served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Management and Journal of International Management. She also regularly reviews for a number of management and international business journals.

Dr. Watson has taught several different courses in strategic management and international business in the Lerner College’s undergraduate and MBA programs and regularly teaches in the University of Delaware’s Honors Program. She has published research on teaching in the Journal of Management Education and has presented several times at the University of Delaware’s Faculty Institute. Her teaching also was highlighted at the Lily-East Conference on College and University Teaching. Dr. Watson won the Innovative Teaching Award from UD Online and teaches in the new online MBA program.

Name: Yi (Leaf) Zhang & Ernest Johnson

University: University of Texas at Arlington

Title: Credit Recovery: Fostering Student Retention and Graduation in an Online Master’s Degree Program


Yi Zhang_PhotoDr. Yi (Leaf) Zhang is an assistant professor in the department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Texas at Arlington. She interests in better understanding how access to higher education affects student choice, mobility, and success. Her current research agenda also attempts to investigate higher education access and student college choice in a global context. Her research agenda and publications are organized under three topics: (1) international students’ college choice and international recruitment; (2) issues of community colleges and transfer students; (3) community colleges as a gateway to science, technology, mathematics, and engineering (STEM) education for underrepresented students.Yi Zhang-Ernest Johnson_Photo


Dr. Ernest Johnson is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies department at The University of Texas at Arlington. He was a practicing public school teacher and administrator for 20 years and has been at UTA for 19 years. He is the Academic Program coordinator for the ELPS masters with principal certification program.

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