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Ulferts and Kagey Receive 2014 Faculty Recognition Awards

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December 04, 2014

University of Detroit Mercy was proud to honor the academic commitment of two exceptional faculty members at our 2014 Faculty Excellence Awards, held earlier this month.

2014 Faculty Excellence Award Winners
Jacob Kagey (left) and Gregory Ulferts (right)

Gregory W. Ulferts, D.B.A., professor of Information and Decision Sciences, College of Business Administration, received the 2014 Faculty Excellence Award. This award is given annually to a UDM faculty member selected as “most outstanding” by his/her peers. This individual is considered an asset both to his/her School or College and to the University, and demonstrates excellence as a teacher and scholar. Although an individual’s lifetime achievements are evaluated during the nomination process, a faculty member’s activities during the past five years are primarily considered in determining the final selection.

Since arriving at the University in 1983, Ulferts has consistently proven himself to be an excellent teacher, scholar and administrator. Prior to returning to faculty, he served as the College of Business Administration’s dean from 1983-1996.

In the last 10 years, he has made more than 100 intellectual contributions, including 50 refereed articles and presentations. His role in submitting and securing national and state grants for the community have been significant, and he has been recognized by the Decision Sciences Institute for his contributions to the profession and the redesign of the national workforce development system. Through his efforts, nationally and in Michigan, the business leadership network was established to collaborate with employers who are concerned about disability issues in the workplace and the marketplace.

Ulferts currently serves as executive director for the International Association of Jesuit Business Schools and Alpha Iota Delta, the International Honor Society for Decision Sciences and is also vice chairman for Financial Executives International. He has been engaged in numerous professional activities in small business and strategic management and been recognized with outstanding faculty awards and various civic awards throughout the years. He is extensively involved in community organizations and boards at the local, national and international level.

He received a B.S. from Illinois State University and MBA and D.B.A. degrees from Louisiana Tech University.

The 2014 Faculty Achievement Award was awarded to Jacob D. Kagey, Ph.D., assistant professor of Biology, College of Engineering & Science. This award is given annually to an individual, chosen by his/her faculty colleagues, who has demonstrated distinctive merit and achievement as a junior faculty member with promise of becoming an outstanding faculty member.

In his four years at UDM, Kagey has emerged as an exceptional faculty member who exemplifies excellence in teaching, research and service. A sought-after professor, he has taught courses on Genetics, Environmental Science, the Science of Life and several others. He has published his work in peer-reviewed journals on the genetic origins of cancer development, and it is hoped that this work will lead to the identification of new therapeutic or diagnostic markers in humans.

He has worked tirelessly at UDM, guiding the lives of his students as academic advisor for the seven-year dental program and faculty mentor for the Biology Club. His committee work includes service on the McNichols Faculty Assembly (MFA), College of Engineering & Science Student Affairs Committee, and as a Pre-Health Advisor. In the community, Kagey is actively involved in serving on the editorial board of the Journal of Cytology and Molecular Biology and in the development and implementation of an after-school STEM club at Sabbath Middle School.

He received a B.A. from Wesleyan University and a Ph.D. from Emory University.

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