Dickson Takes Helm of Jane Stephens Honors Program

Kevin_DicksonCAPE GIRARDEAU, MISSOURI, Jan. 22, 2015 – As the spring 2015 semester gets under way at Southeast Missouri State University, Dr. Kevin Dickson takes the reins of the Jane Stephens Honors Program serving high achieving students.

Dickson is professor of management in the Harrison College of Business, and replaces Dr. Craig Roberts who recently returned to a full-time assignment with the math faculty.

As Dickson settles into his new role, he says he plans to set several initiatives in motion — to increase student involvement and completion of the program, grow faculty involvement, strengthen the bond between the program and the Student Honors Council as well as earn accreditation through the National Collegiate Honors Council.

“As I begin my work with the Jane Stephens Honors Program, I plan to increase the involvement of the Faculty Honors Council as we adopt the new admission and retention requirements developed from the recent program study. To help increase student completion of the program, I will invite outstanding faculty who are not honors faculty to apply for honors faculty status and work with our exceptional students. These efforts will be part of our effort to move the program toward accreditation and build on the excellent work of previous directors,” said Dickson.

The Jane Stephens Honors Program offers educational opportunities tailored to the special needs, aspirations and motivations of students whose intellectual and creative abilities are outstanding. New requirements for admission are being implemented beginning with the Fall 2015 semester. Students with fewer than 15 semester hours of college credit will be eligible for admission into the Jane Stephens Honors Program if they have a minimum 3.5 high school grade point average on a 4.0 scale and an ACT composite score of at least 27 (or its equivalent). Transfer students will be eligible for the Honors Program if they have completed at least 15 semester hours of college credit with at least a 3.5 cumulative college grade point average.

To successfully complete the Honors Program, students will need to maintain a Southeast cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5, earn a minimum of 24 hours of Honors credit, including six hours at the 300- or 400- levels, and complete a senior level research project.

CL-HonorsThe Jane Stephens Honors Program also offers rewarding and enriching co-curricular and social activities for honors students. The Jane Stephens Honors House, located at 603 N. Henderson, provides honors students with a place to both study and relax in the company of fellow students in the program.

“I’m really excited about Dr. Dickson as the new director. Since I have taken two of his classes, I feel like I really know him. As a faculty member, he truly cares about students and their future. I am confident he will encourage and promote an intellectual perspective within the honors program; himself being a model of academic excellence,”said Alicia Ticer of Scott City, Missouri, student in the Honors Program.

Dickson, whose office is in the Honors House, joined the Department of Management and Marketing in 2004. He holds a doctoral degree in management from the University of Texas at Austin. He also received a Master of Organizational Behavior and Bachelor of Arts, both from Brigham Young University.

At Southeast, Dickson has received the Outstanding MBA Teaching Award, the Donald L. Harrison College of Business Students’ Choice Award for Excellence in Teaching, a distinguished research award from the Allied Academics, Outstanding Reviewer Award from the OB Division of the Academy of Management and was a Copper Dome Faculty Fellow in Teaching for the Donald L. Harrison College of Business. He is also a past recipient of a competitive summer research grant from the Provost’s Office.

Dickson has been published in the Journal of Management Inquiry; the Journal of Behavioral and Applied Management; the Journal of Management in Engineering; and the Journal of Organizational Culture, Communications, and Conflict.

Dickson also serves as co-advisor for HR Redhawks, the local student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management. He has traveled to Ribe, Denmark, as a visiting professor and alongside students to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. as well as to Great Britain, Belgium and France.