As we close the 2022 spring semester, prepare for commencement activities this week, and start the summer academic sessions, I want to take a moment to recognize some members of our community who have gone above and beyond this year and the recognition they have earned.

Faculty/staff awards and recognition

Each and every member of our faculty and staff community cares deeply about student learning and life outcomes and research quality and productivity. Following are people who have earned recognition for doing these things in extraordinary ways.

  • Six faculty members were recently approved for promotions effective July 1, 2022: Kwong Chan to Senior Academic Specialist, Barbara Larson to Teaching Professor, Curtis Odom to Associate Teaching Professor, Dee Spencer to Principal Lecturer, Kelly Harrington to Senior Co-op Coordinator, and Maura Miller, to Associate Co-op Coordinator.
  • Daniele Mathras won  Northeastern's Excellence in Teaching Award. Nominated by her students, their glowing remarks about their experiences in her class helped her earn the coveted award.
  • Kevin Boudreau has been awarded a Fulbright Canada Research Chair for the 2022-2023 academic year in recognition of his leadership and contributions to society.
  • Several other faculty members, including Klein Lecturer Nada Sanders, were recognized at the university's Academic Honors 2022 event.
  • The D'Amore-McKim Outstanding Staff Award annually recognizes a staff member for excellence, innovation, and collaboration. Congratulations to Cynthia Elcock for winning the award this year and to finalists Anthony Grimaldi and Kathleen Odierna
  • This spring, each Group Research Committee nominated a paper published in 2021 by a faculty member in the Group for consideration for a Ronald Copeland Best Paper Award. The top two papers selected were Kevin Boudreau's “Promoting Platform Takeoff and Self-Fulfilling Expectations: Field Experimental Evidence,” Management Science, and Barbara Larson's “Work-from-anywhere: The productivity effects of geographic flexibility,” Strategic Management Journal.
  • Mary McNamara‘s project entitled “Mentoring Others Elevates All: The Benefits of Diverse Mentor-Entrepreneur Dyads,” earned the Business and Entrepreneurship: Graduate RISE Category Award at RISE 2022.
  • Two faculty members, an undergraduate program teacher and a graduate programs teacher, will receive Best Teacher awards on Thursday during the D'Amore-McKim commencement celebrations. I can't ruin the surprise, but they are both the epitome of excellence!

Student awards and recognition

The caliber of our students never ceases to amaze me, and this year is no exception. Several national and international awards programs have recognized some of our best and brightest students as exemplary in their field of study.

Alumni awards and recognition

The hard work, dedication, and generosity of our alumni are truly inspirational. Honorees well represented D'Amore-McKim at the Networked for Life event last week, which recognizes distinguished alumni who have helped to further the work and reputation of Northeastern.

  • Thomas P. McDonough, DMSB‘71, was honored with the Distinguished Service Award for his leadership as Chair of the Dean's Executive Council at the D'Amore-McKim School of Business. He has also served as a member of the Northeastern Corporation, a member of the Academic Affairs and Student Life committees, and he continues to be an active member of the university community.
  • Molly Beck, DMSB'09, Khoury'22, and Lamar Letts, DMSB'17, were both honored with Emerging Leaders Awards. Molly is an award-winning entrepreneur who founded, a startup that allows companies to easily record, edit, and distribute podcasts for internal communication purposes. She is also an author, penning the best-selling business book Reach out: The Simple Strategy You Need to Expand Your Network and Increase Your Influence. Lamar combined his passion for sports, healthy living, and entrepreneurship to found Hylux, a vitamin-enhanced water company that addresses nutritional deficiencies in sports beverages. His products can be found on Amazon, and he is one of the youngest CEOs to have a product sold on Walmart's retail site. In 2015, he also founded Letts Learn, an education administration program that produces content for high school and college-aged business students.

Congratulations to all these deserving honorees as well as to all of the Class of 2022 graduates! You've gone through some extremely difficult times and made it to the finish line. I look forward to celebrating with you this week!


Emery Trahan
Interim Dean
D'Amore-McKim School of Business