Redmond Honored with Southeast’s 2019 Provost’s Research, Instruction and Development for Excellence Award


Dr. Willie Redmond

Dr. Willie Redmond, director of International Business Programs and professor of economics at Southeast Missouri State University, has been selected as the recipient of the 2019 Provost’s Research, Instruction and Development for Education Award.

Redmond is being honored for exemplifying the teacher/scholar model. He was selected for the award by the Council of Deans after nominations were solicited from each of the University’s colleges.

“I am very humbled to receive this award, as there are many other deserving people here at the University who share my love of the Teacher-Scholar model,” Redmond said. “I honestly feel that (for me) this is the best job in the world. Being able to interact on a daily basis with our fine students and my esteemed colleagues, gives me the motivation to try to make a difference at Southeast. My thanks go out to everyone in the Southeast Missouri State community.”

The Provost’s Research, Instruction and Development for Excellence Award recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated excellence as a teacher, an extraordinary level of scholarship and service and whose overall accomplishments are especially noteworthy.

“Dr. Redmond is a model faculty member. He is an outstanding teacher and scholar who is highly respected by his students and colleagues,” said Dr. Mike Godard, Southeast provost. “Dr. Redmond always goes above and beyond and seems to always find time to work with his students and serve on various committees across campus regardless of his hectic schedule. He makes those around him better based on his positive attitude and unwavering commitment to his students. I cannot think of a more deserving person to receive this distinguished honor than Dr. Redmond. He is a tremendous professional but an even better human being.”

Redmond joined Southeast in 1999, and for 20 years, his contributions to his students, to the Harrison College of Business and Computing, and to the University have been immeasurable.

His primary teaching responsibilities at Southeast include graduate and undergraduate capstone business administration courses in strategic management. He has developed a variety of courses for Southeast’s international business program in addition to teaching internationally in Germany, Finland, Poland and the Netherlands.

“His teaching efforts are highly regarded by his students and peers in the Harrison College of Business and Computing,” said Dr. Alberto Davila, dean of the College. “I have heard many stories from students, past and present, who have noted the career and life-changing experiences that Dr. Redmond has provided.”

As director of International Business Programs, Redmond has mentored students on numerous international study tours and international business case competitions. For many years, he has served as team coach and advisor to a Southeast team of students competing in the Network of International Business Schools (NIBS) Worldwide Case Competition.

“His NIBS case competition students have consistently placed among the best in the world and have won the global competition,” Davila said.

For the past 10 years, Redmond also has served as the lead faculty member and project coordinator taking groups of Southeast students to Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Seminar.

He is the recipient of several awards, including the 2019 University Contributor Award; the 2016 Greek Week Professor of the Year award; 2014 Faculty Merit Award; the 2014 Copper Dome Faculty Fellow Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Harrison College of Business; the 2014 NIBS Worldwide Business Case Competition Most Inspiring Coach award;  the 2013 Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce’s University Educator of the Year Award; the 2013 Dr. R. Ferrell Ervin Award for Excellence in Teachingthe 2006 and 2009 Harrison College of Business – Student’s Choice Award for Excellence in Teaching; and the 2008 Outstanding MBA Teaching Award.   

He has served on numerous committees at all levels, been a Faculty Associate in the Office of the Provost and been a member of a Southeast leadership team participating in the American Council on Education’s Internationalization Laboratory.

Redmond is also designated as one of 11 “Global Engagement Scholars” across the nation through his work with the American Democracy Project, an initiative of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

He holds a doctoral degree in economics, an MBA with a concentration in finance and a Bachelor of Arts in economics, all from the University of South Carolina.