Accolades: Associate Dean, Professor, Criminologists Get Awards

Accolades is an occasional News Center feature that highlights recent accomplishments of UT Dallas faculty and students. To submit items for consideration, contact your school’s communication manager.

Associate Dean Earns Outstanding Leadership in Education Award 

Diane McNulty

Dr. Diane McNulty

The US-India Chamber of Commerce DFW recently awarded Dr. Diane McNulty MS’78 PhD’84 its 2016 Outstanding Leadership in Education Award. She is the associate dean for external affairs and corporate development in the Naveen Jindal School of Management

At the chamber’s 17th annual awards gala last December in Dallas, McNulty was cited for helping to shape and strengthen UT Dallas educational engagements in India, encouraging student trips and study abroad there, and facilitating opportunities for students from India to experience American university life. 

In 2008, McNulty took a trip to India with a UT Dallas group that included Dr. Hasan Pirkul, Jindal School dean and Caruth Chair of Management, and Dr. Varghese Jacob, vice dean and the Lars Magnus Ericsson Distinguished Professor of information systems. That trip included an extended visit with alumnus Naveen Jindal MBA‘92, whose subsequent support of the school led to it being named in his honor. Jindal is a former student of McNulty, who teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in corporate governance and ethics. 

McNulty has been a board member on the World Affairs Council of Greater Dallas since 2000 and is active on the Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations. 


Information Systems Associate Professor Earns Early Career Award

Dr. Jianqing Chen

Dr. Jianqing Chen

Dr. Jianqing Chen, associate professor in information systems in UT Dallas’ Naveen Jindal School of Management, received the 2016 Sandra A. Slaughter Early Career Award from the Information Systems Society of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences.

The award recognizes early career individuals who have earned a PhD within the past 10 years and who are on a path toward making outstanding intellectual contributions to the information systems discipline.

The award came after Chen co-chaired the 10th China Summer Workshop on Information Management (CSWIM 2016) held in Dalian, China, last June. The workshop provided researchers and practitioners in information management and related areas an opportunity to present original ideas and share insightful opinions. The theme of CSWIM 2016 was Internet Plus, Business Innovation and Analytics.

The workshop attracted more than 250 participants, a record number, including scholars from the U.S., Canada, China, Finland, Hong Kong, Singapore and South Korea.


Criminology Student, Professor Honored for Research

Stephanie Cardwell

Stephanie Cardwell

The journal Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice presented its 2016 Best Paper Award to a UT Dallas graduate student, a criminology professor and a co-author from another university who identified factors that distinguish juveniles who commit murder from other juvenile offenders.

The authors were Stephanie Cardwell, a PhD student in criminology; Dr. Alex Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology, associate dean for graduate programs in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, and Cardwell's PhD advisor; and Dr. Matthew DeLisi at Iowa State University.

The study, “The Unpredictability of Murder,” was published in Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice in 2014. The researchers used data from Pathways to Desistance, a study of 1,354 youths charged with serious crimes. They found that homicide offenders had significantly lower IQ and higher exposure to violence. The award was presented at the American Society of Criminology’s annual conference.

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