Business professor wins Outstanding Educator Award

April 2, 2014

Emporia State University’s Dr. Peggy Lane was awarded the Southwest Decision Sciences Institute (SWDSI) Outstanding Educator Award for 2014, on March 12, in Dallas. SWDSI is a subdivision of the Decision Sciences Institute, a non-profit professional organization committed to the understanding and improvement of decision making in organizations, and to the development of scholar teachers in the decision sciences. The Outstanding Educator Award is presented annually by the Federation of Business Disciplines, on behalf of SWDSI, to an educator who has made an outstanding contribution to the discipline of Decision Sciences.

Currently, Lane serves as the executive director of the School of Business at Emporia State University Kansas City where she works to create partnerships between existing students, area industry, and community colleges. In addition to serving as director in Kansas City, Lane also instructs two graduate-level Enterprise Resource Systems (ERP) courses at Emporia State. Since coming to the university in the spring of 2007, Lane has taught a variety of ERP and MIS courses, and also served as department chair before moving to the Kansas City location.

“I was thrilled to be nominated for this award by one of my former professors, Dr. Thomas Jones of the University of Arkansas. It is a great honor to have been selected as the Outstanding Educator from the Southwest Decision Sciences Institute — an organization which I have been a part of for more than twenty years.”

In the nomination letter he submitted, Jones explained, “Peggy is truly outstanding and has demonstrated successes in creating academic environments resulting in exceptional learning. Her overall theme of her teaching career is that of caring for students and their success — a ‘students first’ approach.”

Lane is well-known for her innovative approach to teaching and for providing her students with hands-on experiences. In 2009 Lane became the first professor at Emporia State to use SAP software in class. The course content included a combination of ERP concepts and hands-on experiences with ERP. She was instrumental in creating the proposal to add an ERP concentration to Emporia State’s MBA program, which was accepted and is now offered to students.

“The School of Business is proud of Dr. Lane for her academic accomplishments and her commitment to innovative teaching and research,” said Dr. Kristie Ogilvie, dean, school of business. “Dr. Lane truly inspires both inside and outside of the classroom, through her teaching methods and commitment to students.”

Lane received her undergraduate, MBA, and doctoral degrees from the University of Arkansas. Over the years she has received multiple awards for her dedication to the profession. Awards include a First year Teaching Award from Bradley University in 1992, the Emporia State University School of Business Service Award in 2009 and the Emporia State University School of Business Teaching Award in 2010.

For more information on the SWDSI award please visit For more information on the School of Business, please contact Jessica Buchholz at 620-341-5371 or by email at



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