Michael Behnam, associate dean/dean of Graduate Programs and Academic Affairs and director of the Global Travel Seminars, presented the awards.
Excellence in Service
Professor Sheila Weber, chair of the Management and Entrepreneurship Department, was awarded for her excellence in service. Weber has served on several committees for her department, the Sawyer Business School, and Suffolk University.
Recently, she co-chaired the University-wide Strategic Planning Committee.
“As co-chair, she led a diverse committee of faculty, administrators, and students to deliver a strategic plan to the President that’s comprehensive and significantly impacts the path that Suffolk University has taken,” Behnam said.
One colleague wrote, “Her contributions are impressive in themselves, and Sheila handles them with uncommon grace, skill, and levelheadedness.”
Excellence in Teaching
Jodi Detjen, instructor of Management and Entrepreneurship, was recognized for her excellence in teaching.
“She’s always ready to take on new and challenging tasks, whether it is to lead a Global Travel Seminar to India or a new introduction course for our Global MBA students. And her teaching evaluations are consistently very high, Behnam said.
He shared several praises from her students.
“Professor Detjen is one of the best teachers I have ever had. She’s supportive, passionate, and knows how to motivate the class, one student said.
Another said: “Professor Detjen was by far the best professor I’ve had at Suffolk. She generated great interest in the class and overall, made the class enjoyable to come to every day. She took an often tedious subject and related it to real life, engaging the interest in the topics being covered. The final class project was exciting and engaging and gave real-world insight. Overall, a fantastic professor.”
Excellence in Research
The third award went to Brenda Bond, associate professor of Public Administration, for excellence in research. Trained in criminology, social psychology, and social policy, Brenda Bond specializes in public safety.
Bond’s research has been published in several prestigious journals and has been cited in major media outlets, including The Boston Globe and the Wall Street Journal. Last June, she published a new book, Looking Beyond Suppression: Community Strategies to Reduce Gang Violence, with co-editor and Associate Professor of Sociology Erika Gebo.
“Brenda’s important research combines excellent theory and solid methodology. She aims to improve the lives of people working in the public safety field,” one colleague wrote.
Another colleague wrote, “She’s highly respected nationally by police chiefs and other practitioners, as well as researchers in her field.”
Excellence in Administrative Service
Assistant Dean of Administration, Helen O’Brien, received the Dean’s award for excellent administrative service.
“I admire the extraordinary effort and commitment that Helen puts into everything that she does. She really pours her heart into her work. And Helen has a true passion for everything Suffolk—especially the Business School,” Behnam said.