June 30, 2021

Purdue University Global awards faculty scholarships

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University Global regularly honors its faculty members with Faculty Scholarship Awards for the contribution their scholarship makes to their respective disciplines.

Six professors were recently recognized, with two being chosen as overall scholarship recipients – Scott F. Johnson of Concord Law School and Jack McCann of the School of Business and Information Technology.

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Johnson’s recent scholarship includes completing new editions for two of his books – “Special Education Law (6th Edition)” and “Education Law: A Problem Based Approach (4th Edition)” – developing interactive online lessons for the Center of Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, writing numerous articles, and presenting at various conferences and continuing legal education seminars. Here is a sampling:

  • “Freedom of Speech for Public School Employees,” The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction.
  • “Student Speech,” The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction.
  • “Continuing Legal Education Presentation on Student Speech,” Concord Law School Raising the Bar series.
  • “The 14th Amendment Protects the Right to a Public Education,” Concord Law School blog

 “My goal with scholarship is to provide objective and helpful information about important or emerging legal issues,” said Johnson, who lives in New Hampshire. “Some of my recent work addresses freedom of speech issues with online speech and public schools, which is an issue that was recently addressed by the United States Supreme Court. I am grateful that Purdue Global and Concord Law School provide such a supportive environment for scholarship.”

Johnson has been teaching at Concord since 1999 and has helped develop numerous courses during that time. He is the course lead for a number of courses, including Constitutional Law, Education Law, Special Education Law, ADR and Technology, and Administrative Advocacy. He has served on the Faculty Curriculum Committee and the Concord Admissions Committee since 2014.

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McCann was selected for having three journal articles and a book chapter published and making a conference presentation. That work includes:

  • “The coronavirus effect: How to engage Generation Z for greater student outcomes,” Management and Economic Research Journal.
  • “Transformational leadership and the moderating role of trust and job satisfaction on organizational citizenship behavior,” SAM Advanced Management Journal.
  • “Leadership in virtual organizations: Influence on workplace engagement,” The Palgrave handbook of workplace well-being.

“Winning this award would not have been possible without the inspiration I have received from my colleagues and co-authors, for whom I have the deepest respect and from whom I have derived the strength to challenge myself and perform better at each stage of writing and research,” said McCann, of Middlesboro, Kentucky. “I was inspired to research topics about COVID, higher education and leadership this past year due to inspiration from the conditions in our world and higher education. I look forward to continuing to research into areas of leadership, management, marketing, emerging markets, sustainability, corporate strategy and ethics.”

McCann is an adjunct faculty member whose courses include Designing, Improving, and Implementing Processes and Managing the Value Chain. He will celebrate his 16th anniversary with Purdue Global this summer and was recently selected to fill a full-time faculty position in the School of Business and Information Technology.

Also recognized for their scholarship over the past year were:

  • Russell Austin Arenz III, School of Health Sciences.
  • Ginger Cameron, School of Health Sciences.
  • Grant Iannelli, School of Health Sciences.
  • Joshua McCarty, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

About Purdue University Global

Purdue University Global delivers personalized online education tailored to the unique needs of adults who have work or life experience beyond the classroom, enabling them to develop essential academic and professional skills with the support and flexibility they need to achieve their career goals. It offers personalized paths for students to earn an associate, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree, based on their work experience, desired pace, military service, previous college credits and other considerations – no matter where they are in their life journey. Purdue Global serves 34,000 students (as of April 2021), most of whom earn their degree online. Purdue Global is a nonprofit, public university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It is affiliated with Purdue University’s flagship institution, a highly ranked public research university located in West Lafayette, Indiana. Purdue University also operates regional campuses in Fort Wayne and Northwest Indiana, as well as serving science, engineering and technology students at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus. For more information, visit purdueglobal.edu.

Writer/Media Contact: Tom Schott, 765-427-1721, tschott@purdue.edu

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