Excellence in teaching business

Wednesday April 4 2012


Dr. Eric S. Kyper, assistant professor of management information systems, has received the 2012 C. Raine Sydnor Sr. Professorship Award for Teaching Excellence in Business.

Dr. Kyper teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in information systems and business statistics. Awarded the PhD by the University of Rhode Island, he taught at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock before joining the Lynchburg College faculty in 2008. 

He has published more than ten peer-reviewed papers in academic journals, including "Interacting with Computers," "Applied Economics," and "Behavior & Information Technology." His participation in the Decision Sciences Institute and the Association of Information Systems has led to numerous peer-reviewed conference proceedings. His work in the field of data mining led to the development of a popular new course focused on learning to apply data- mining techniques to business and economic problems.

In addition to teaching, Eric has served as chair of the Department of Business Administration since 2009 and served twice as a freshman advisor. He is also an active consultant in the fields of database and systems design and applied statistics.

C. Raine Sydnor Sr., a distinguished alumnus, was a founder of the College's Board of Overseers, on which he served from 1965 until his death in 1983. He received the T. Gibson Hobbs Memorial Award in 1961 for his contributions to the church, the community, and to Lynchburg College. The C. Raine Sydnor Sr. Endowment in the School of Business and Economics was established by the generosity of numerous friends and family members.

Nominations are submitted by faculty colleagues or students. The Sydnor Professorship recognizes teaching excellence in business by honoring a master teacher who has demonstrated, over an extended period of time, a dedication to classroom excellence, a commitment to advising and supervising students, and effectiveness in business education instruction.