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Tuesday – May 7, 2013

- The Northern Kentucky University Board of Regents voted unanimously today to award Professor Michael R. Carrell the title of Regents Professor, a title he will retain throughout his continuing years of service to the university.

Carrell is just the twelfth NKU professor to receive this coveted recognition, which is granted to full professors who, at the apex of their careers, have an exceptional record of achievement in scholarship or creative activity that has brought acclaim to the university and is consistent with the university’s core values. In a message to the campus, NKU Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Gail Wells said Carrell more than meets this standard.

“The Regents Professor Selection Committee was unanimous in recommending Mike Carrell for this prestigious award, and I strongly support their recommendation,” Wells said. “It is clear that Mike has sustained excellence throughout his career. Most people who achieve anywhere near as much as he has might be tempted to relax their pace, but in Mike’s case, he continually becomes even more productive. I am confident he will continue to achieve at the highest level and continue to bring acclaim to NKU.”

After earning a Doctor of Business Administration at the University of Kentucky in 1976, Carrell worked at four universities and served as business dean at three of them. In 1998, he came to NKU as dean of the College of Business, a position he held for nine years. While dean, he advanced the college’s reputation as well as its programming and financial position. Enrollments grew by 60 percent during his tenure as dean. He was able to accomplish all of this while continuing to teach and publish.

In 2007, he returned to the NKU faculty in the Department of Management, where he has taught graduate and undergraduate classes; directed the Alternative Dispute Resolution Center, which he founded; and worked as an active and prolific scholar.

Carrell’s record of achievement spans the entire breadth of the faculty role: teaching, scholarship and service. He is a dedicated and successful teacher who blends theory and practice in his classes. He is highly regarded by his students, which is apparent in the outstanding evaluations he receives from his students. Carrell has taught in both Russia and Spain, enhancing NKU’s reputation internationally.

His record of scholarship is exceptional. Carrell’s extensive list of published papers includes many in the top-tier journals of his field and in publication outlets of leading professional business organizations. He has presented papers at both regional and national meetings. He has authored or co-authored eight books, one of which has been translated for use at Chinese universities and another of which was selected for the international textbook market and re-published with a focus on South Africa. He co-authored the only employee and labor relations book recommended by the Society of Human Resource Management for professionals studying to take the association’s certification exam. Carrell’s scholarly work has earned the respect of his colleagues throughout the country and in many places throughout the world.

In nominating Carrell for this award, a colleague wrote, “He is not just a compiler of theoretical knowledge; rather, he uses this theoretical knowledge to resolve practical day-to-day situations and his advice is sought by local governments and businesses.”

As examples of his involvement, Carrell is the chief negotiator for both the City of Covington and the Greater Louisville Metro Government. He is a past member of the board of the Covington Business Council and the Cincinnati Better Business Bureau Arbitration Council. The Alternative Dispute Resolution Center which he founded and continues to direct has raised the profile of NKU and the Haile/US Bank College of Business among state and local governments, area universities and other organizations that have utilized the center’s services.

NKU Regents Professors (Year Presented)
Michael R. Carrell, Regents Professor of Management (2013)
Richard A. Bales, Regents Professor of Law (2011)
Denise Robinson, Regents Professor of Nursing (2007)
Mark Bardgett, Regents Professor of Psychology (2007)
J. Robert Lilly, Regents Professor of Sociology (1998)
David A. Elder, Regents Professor of Law (1997)
Michael C.C. Adams, Regents Professor of History (1996)
Linda J. Sheffield, Regents Professor of Education and Mathematics (1995)
James Ramage, Regents Professor of History (1994)
Miriam S. Kannan, Regents Professor of Biology (1993)
Robert J. Kempton, Regents Professor of Chemistry (1992)
Robert Wallace, Regents Professor of English (1991)

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