Innovation in Business Education Award






This program seeks to encourage innovation in the pursuit of excellence in business education. This will be done by recognizing creative and unique strategies or programs that advance the quality of education and the management of resources in business schools of the MidAmerican Business Deans Association (MABDA).



The awards include cash prizes for the winners. There will normally be three award winners, and the cash awards will be $1,000, $750, and $500 respectively. In addition, honorable mention designations may be awarded by the MABDA Innovation Award Committee. The awards will be presented at the 2016 MABDA meeting, scheduled to be held October 2-4, 2016 in Chicago.



Programs within the business schools of MABDA are asked to apply through their Dean’s office. The application should be endorsed by the relevant Dean, and contain the following components:


  1. Cover page with name, address, email, telephone number, and school affiliation.


  2. A summary of the strategy or program (maximum of four double-spaced pages). The specific points which should be addressed are:
    1. the strategy/program
    2. the uniqueness
    3. the benefits
    4. transferability to other institutions
    5. additional documentation or materials may be included as appendices


Please email your application no later than July 1, 2016 to Dr. Deborah F. Spake, Dean of the College of Business Administration, Kent State University at  Questions may also be addressed to Deborah Spake, as she is coordinating the 2016 awards program.


Submissions will be evaluated by the MABDA Innovation Award Committee consisting of faculty and administrators from MABDA business schools. The criteria for judging the quality of submissions are creativity, content, and the potential for transferability. All applicants will be notified regarding the status of their applications by September 1.


Note: The first-place winner(s), and the winning school’s Dean, are required to make a formal joint presentation of their innovation program during the luncheon on Monday, October 3, 2016, at the 2016 MABDA meeting in Chicago. The winning school is expected to cover the cost of the winner(s) attending the 2016 MABDA meeting.