Texas Tech University

Dr. Stephanie Thomas Receives 2014 DSJIE Outstanding Teaching Brief

Trevor Bell

January 26, 2015

Dr. Stephanie Thomas, assistant professor of practice in the Area of Marketing, recently had her publication, "Teaching Supply Chain Management Complexities: A SCOR Model Based Classroom Simulation," selected as the 2014 Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education (DSJIE) Outstanding Teaching Brief. The paper, which was published in July 2014, was co-authored with G. Scott Webb of Brigham Young University and Sara Liao-Troth of Georgia College & State University.

In their publication, Dr. Thomas and fellow researchers explained how the SCOR (Supply Chain Operations Reference) Model Supply Chain Classroom Simulation helps students develop a holistic understanding of the processes and challenges of supply chain management. Through their decisions and actions, students develop a practical understanding of the processes and complexities of supply chain management. The classroom simulation actively engages students in effective experiential learning, and Dr. Thomas actively uses this approach in her Supply Chain Management (MKT 3353) course. Additionally, this method has been used successfully in multiple courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels at multiple universities and by a major corporation during a manager training session.

"Through this approach, students are able to simply build and simulate a supply chain, while also understanding the challenges that occur in this process. I've found success in my classroom by using this approach, and it's rewarding to know that my teaching methods and approaches can make a difference in student learning from fellow professors," Dr. Thomas said.

Teaching briefs describe classroom innovations used to teach specific concepts or problems. They also provide information on existing approaches to teaching the concept or problem, but focus on describing the innovation in sufficient detail to allow it to be replicated in the reader's classroom. For more information, contact Dr. Thomas at stephanie.thomas@ttu.edu.

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