Award Winners

2020 Award Winners

Outstanding Contributions to Business Education by an Administrator or Supervisor of Business Education

2020 Award Winner-Molly

Molly J. Wickam

Congratulations to Molly J. Wickam as the NCBEA Administrator/Supervisor of Business Education Award Recipient. One of the students Ms. Wickam mentors stated, “Molly’s passion for education and student development drives her success. Her high level of emotional intelligence and awareness of student needs enables her to preemptively address potential points of confusion with students and ensure course content has a lasting impact on students in their path to becoming educators.”

Molly J. Wickam is a Program Director and Associate Professor of Education & Business/Leadership at Bethel University, St. Paul, MN. She is the Director of Bethel University’s Master of Arts in Teaching, an initial licensure teacher preparation program for students earning the Business grades 5-12 license and several other licenses. In her role as director, she is responsible for hiring and supervising faculty and a placement coordinator, overseeing curriculum development, accreditation, and working with internal departments such as admissions, marketing, and student success. In addition to directing the program, she teaches the field experience course, is the edTPA coordinator, supervises the business teacher candidates during their student teaching, and is a master’s thesis advisor. She serves on the Executive Board of the Association for Business Teaching and Research and is the journal editor for that association’s journal, the Journal of Business Education. She earned her MBA at Northern Illinois University, her teaching credential at National University, and her Ph.D. in Work and Human Resource Education at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She researches undergraduate and graduate business education, specifically business capstones, service-learning, and innovation.

One of Molly Wickam’s former students stated, “I found very early that I had a lot to learn about curriculum design, classroom management and standards. Molly was a key player in not only teaching us, but more importantly, bringing it all together.”

Finally, one of Ms. Wickam’s colleagues included this message in the recommendation they wrote: “Just as Molly's contributions to students merges with the community, her community and professional contributions have risen to the national level. In 2016, she was chosen to participate in the Advancing Education Technology in Teacher Preparation Summit at the White House. In 2017, her dissertation on service learning won the 2017 Outstanding Doctoral Research in Business Education Award. For the past few years, Molly has been serving as a reviewer for and the editor of the Journal of Business Teaching and Research and as a reviewer for the Journal of Management Education as well as serving as a board and committee member for the National Business Education Association. She engages in the academic conversations regarding business, career, and technical education through national presentations and publications.”

In summary, Molly Wickam's vitae illustrates a pattern of commitment and contribution in promoting business, career, and technical education and enhancing the success of future business, career, and technical educators at the student, community, and national level.

Submitted by Tina Trumbower

Recognition of Past President

2016-2017 Past President Rhonda Schmaltz

Rhonda Schmaltz

Business Teacher, Retired
Ames High School
Ames, IA

Rhonda served as President of NCBEA in 2019-2020. She has also served on the NCBEA board as President-elect and Iowa State Membership Director.

2017 Award Winners

Outstanding Contributions to Business Education By an Administrator or Supervisor of Business Education

2017 Award Winner-Debbie

Dr. Debbie L. Stanislawski

Dr. Stanislawski started her business education career at Sheboygan North High School in Sheboygan, WI in 1997. She currently is a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in the Marketing and Business Education Program. In addition to these highlighted positions, she has served in numerous other teaching and administrative roles at the secondary and collegiate level.

Her professional involvement includes membership in Wisconsin Educators of Business and Information Technology, North Central Business Education Association, and National Business Education Association. In addition to these memberships, she has served in numerous roles within these organizations over the past 20 years, including Wisconsin Business Education Journal Research Editor, 2012-2015, North Central Business Education Association Wisconsin Representative, 2008-2011, and NCBEA Director on the NBEA Board, 2013-2016. She also has an impressive list of publications and presentations of which she has been a part.

One of her letters of support noted, “Debbie is anything but your average professor; she is kind, caring, and dedicated for all of her students’ success. She has always been a person I could go to with questions about anything.” Another letter of support noted, “Dr. Stanislawski has received various teaching awards during her tenure at UW-Stout which support her commitment to excellent teaching and dedication. She was given the Jax Excellence in Teaching Award in 2011 and the Outstanding Teacher Award in 2005.”

Please congratulate the 2017 NCBEA Outstanding Contributions to Business Education By a Senior College or University Business Teacher Award Recipient, Dr. Debbie L. Stanislawski from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Outstanding Contributions to Business Education By a Senior College or University Business Teacher

2017 Award Winner-Boyle

Dr. Patrice C. Boyles

Dr. Boyles has been teaching business education courses for over 17 years. She has recruited, retained and advised many students during her tenure. As the senior faculty member and administrator for Career and Technical Education Programs at Chicago State University, Dr. Boyles has developed and revised curriculum, interviewed and assessed junior faculty, completed audits, written articulation agreements, completed assessment reports, annual state reports and program reviews, and provided workshops for edTPA candidates.

Her professional involvement includes membership in Chicago Business Education Association, Illinois Business Education Association, North Central Business Education Association, National Business Education Association, and Illinois Business Teacher Education Council. She has received numerous awards over her career, including being the recipient of the NCBEA Outstanding Contributions to Business Education By a Senior College or University Business Teacher in 2014. Dr. Boyles also has an impressive list of publications and presentations of which she has been a part.

One of her letters of support noted, “Her knowledge as a business educator gave future business educators a vast advantage to succeed in the field of education. Her expertise made it possible for those to have a better understanding of business and technology in the world today.” Another letter of support noted, “Her presentations are always organized, understandable and useful. Dr. Boyles keeps abreast with technology and is a wealth of information for what is available, how to use it as a consumer as well as an educator.”

Please congratulate the 2017 NCBEA Outstanding Contributions to Business Education by an Administrator or Supervisor of Business Education Award Recipient, Dr. Patrice C. Boyles from Chicago State University.

Recognition of Past President

2016-2017 Past President Matt White

Matt White

Business Technology Teacher
Mt. Healthy High School
Cincinnati, OH

Matt served as President of NCBEA in 2016-2017. He has served on the NCBEA board for many years and has held various positions on the board.

2016 Award Winners

Outstanding Contributions to Business Education by a Postsecondary Business Teacher

2017 Award Winner-Malone

Sherrie Malone

Sherrie Malone has been a business teacher since 1991. She began  her career in Cairo, Illinois as a computer instructor in the Regional Adult Education Program, serving mostly teens that were no longer in public school. She then moved on to Shawnee Community College in Ullin, Illinois, where she presently teaches. She has degrees from Shawnee Community College (A.S), Southeast Missouri State University (B.S.), and the Southern Illinois University (M.S. in Workforce Education & Development).

Awards

  • 2016 Shawnee Community College Faculty of the Year
  • 2014 Southern Illinois Business Education Association Teacher of the Year
  • 2013 Shawnee Community College Student Services Outstanding Faculty of the Year

Professional Organizations

  • 2013-2016: North Central Business Education Association (NCBEA)
  • 2013-2016: National Business Education Association (NBEA)
  • 2009-Present: Illinois Business Education Association (IBEA)
  • 2009-Present: Southern Illinois Business Education Association
  • 1991-Present: Illinois Education Association/NEA

Recognition of Past Presidents

Past Presidents-Carruthers

Cathy Carruthers

Retired Professor, Lewis & Clark Community College

Cathy served as President of NCBEA in 2014-2015. She has served on the NCBEA board for many years and has held various positions on the board.

Past Presidents-Murray

Robert Murray

Community Faculty, Metropolitan State University Moutain Iron, MN

Robert served as President of NCBEA in 2015-2016. He has also served on the NCBEA board for many years and has held various positions on the board.

Thank you for your service to NCBEA!

2015 Award Winners

The 2015 NCBEA Distinguished Service Awards were presented by President Robert Murray at the NCBEA convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, on November 20, 2015 to three outstanding individuals.

Outstanding Contributions to Business Education by a Secondary Business Teacher

2017 Award Winner-Platt

Britt Knutson Platt

Britt Knutson Platt has been teaching the past 4.5 years at Oakwood High School in Ohio. Annually she teaches nine different courses in Business and Computer Science to grades 7-12. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Teacher Education in 2010 from Illinois State University.

Outstanding Contributions to Business Education by a Postsecondary Business Teacher

2017 Award Winner-Stultz

Karin M. Stultz

Karin M. Stultz has been teaching the past 26 years at Northern Michigan University at the ranks of Lecturer, Instructor, and Assistant Professor. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Office Administration and her Master of Arts Degree in Education from Northern Michigan University.

Outstanding Contributions to Business Education by a University Business Teacher

2017 Award Winner-Mountjoy

Kathy J. Mountjoy

Kathy J. Mountjoy has taught at Illinois State University since 2004. Prior to this, she taught at Lincoln College at Normal, Illinois; University of Alaska at Fairbanks, Columbus (Georgia) Business College, and Deer Creek-Mackinaw (Illinois) High School. Kathy received her Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree, and Ph.D. from Illinois State Universit