Faculty Achievements

Anne Bomba

Alumni representative Karen Corbin (left) presents Anne Bomba with the Thomas A. Crowe Outstanding Faculty Award. Photo by Harry Briscoe

Top faculty award goes to FCS professor

Anne Bomba, associate professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, was selected as the winner of the 2008-09 Thomas Crowe Outstanding Faculty Award for the School of Applied Sciences.

Bomba is routinely described by students as someone who goes above and beyond in her role as a teacher and mentor. She joined the faculty in 1989 and has written or co-written a number of research articles and publications on child development, parenting and child nutrition.

Professor’s summer work to benefit students

Jim Taylor, director of the hospitality management program, plans to share his wealth with students.

He received a $1,750 professional development scholarship from the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, which he used to gain industry experience. He plans to bring back that newfound knowledge to the classroom.

Taylor spent the summer developing financial plans for Ty Thames’ four Starkville restaurants. Specifically, his job was to determine theoretical costs for food and beverages and to develop financial forecasting models for the operations. Thames’ overall goal is to improve the profitability of the restaurants and to develop a profit-sharing program for managers.

Taylor plans to use financial statements and forecasting tools he developed during the summer in his classroom this fall.

“By incorporating real-world financial challenges with textbook teaching, the students will see the relevance of the lessons,” Taylor said. “I believe that with the work experience I will be more capable of developing students and preparing them with the skills and knowledge that industry deems important for future managers.”

Faculty members congratulated

The School of Applied Sciences is pleased to announce the following new, tenured and promoted faculty members.


• Dr. Linda Keena, assistant professor of Applied Sciences


Dr. Teresa Carithers, associate professor of family and consumer sciences

Dr. Kristi O’Dell, associate professor of social work

Dr. Susan Allen, associate professor of social work


Dr. Stephen Mallory, professor of Applied Sciences