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Alison Popp and Lisa Eshbach Earn Faculty Excellence Awards

March 10, 2015


The College of Business recently recognized two outstanding professors with the Sytsma Award for Faculty Excellence. Designed to “promote, encourage, recognize and reward faculty performance, excellence, and improvement,” this award comes with a $500 grant made possible by a gift from former Ferris Professor Sid Sytsma. The award acknowledges faculty who have “contributed by their work and example, often at personal sacrifice, to improving and furthering the educational mission of the college.”

This year’s recipients were Alison Popp, associate professor of Graphic Design, and Dr. Lisa Eshbach, associate professor of Management.

Alison Popp is a highly praised and multi-award-winning design educator. Her avid involvement in the AIGA, the Professional Association for Design, and Design West Michigan make her not only an outstanding professor, but also an outstanding and relevant designer in the professional world. Within Ferris she is a leader and co-leader of the Ferris State Design Project Center and the advisor to the AIGA student chapter. She is a respected role model to students and fellow faculty alike and truly goes above and beyond in preparing students to be successful in the design climate of today. The contributions she has made to the design curriculum content have been essential to the success and relevance of the Graphic Design program. Furthermore, Alison has served on various college and university committees including the College of Business Awards and Scholarship Committee, The College of Business Website Advisory Committee, and the “Ferris First” Task Force.

“Alison serves as an exemplary role model to her fellow faculty,” said Jeff Ek, the Marketing Department Chair for the College of Business. “She meets and exceeds the criteria for this award. She is highly respected by her students and peers and we congratulate her as she is recognized for her accomplishments.”

Lisa Eshbach is a valued faculty member of the Management Department who is described as going over and above in teaching and advising, scholarship, and service. She is a leader in innovation and collaborative efforts and has played a key role in developing the revised MBA program, Leadership, Lean, and upper level Management courses. She has served on various committees, including the demanding Annual Program Review committee, and put untold hours into the betterment of students and the university. She has been key in mentoring and training faculty to use Blackboard, the Web-based learning management system used by faculty and students to facilitate learning. In addition to being engaged in numerous research projects, Lisa has guided students into professional research of their own. Her assignments are experiential, forward-thinking, and helpful in preparing students for their careers.

“Lisa is the whole package,” said Gayle Lopez, the Management Department Chair. “She is highly regarded not only within the university, but within the professional world as well. She is certainly very deserving of this award.”


Design, Business Administration, Master of Business Administration