Campus News 2014

For Immediate Release
February 25, 2014

SU Professors Win Award for Research

Schreiner University business professors, Dr. Charles Salter, assistant professor of business, and Dr. Mark Woodhull, director of graduate business studies and associate professor of business, recently won the Best Paper Award at the Academy of Business Research annual fall conference that was hosted in San Antonio.

Dr. Charles Salter and Dr. Mark Woodhull, Schreiner University ProfessorsThe SU professors also collaborated on the research with Dr. Mark Green and Dr. Phyllis Duncan from Our Lady of The Lake University in San Antonio. The winning paper title was, “Student Perception of Instructor Leadership Style, Student Personality and E-Learning.”

“To Dr. Salter and I, research is about discovery, illumination, and advancing knowledge for the betterment of purposeful peoples’ lives,” Woodhull said. “While we do not approach research with the intent of winning personal awards, it’s always nice to be recognized for excellence in any endeavor. To that end, we are grateful for the recognition granted to us by peers.”

The SU professors investigated specific language and observations associated with Transformational Leadership in the classroom from a quantitative content analysis perspective. Salter, Woodhull, Green, and Duncan compared and contrasted instructor’s leadership behaviors within a classroom in face-to-face communication and dyadic relationship environments, and then examined how leadership—especially high performing leadership—is communicated in an environment devoid of face-to-face interaction, such as is often found between instructors and students in distance-learning environments.

“I chose this research because of my background—I have more than 32 years of leadership experience in the corporate world, churches and charities,” Salter said. “Time and time again we hear someone in the media refer to a leader as a tough leader, the statement gives the impression that leaders are very demanding of their people and sometimes authoritative and perhaps even harsh or coercive with those who work for them. Good leadership does not entail harshness, as a matter of fact the best leaders are empathetic listeners, kind and respectful of those who work with and for them. They motivate others not by threats or coercive elements but through their own power, or simply their ability to be well liked. We always work harder for those we respect and we truly like.”

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