Ed Powers Sweeps Dial Awards for Scholarship and Community Service


Ed PowersBusiness management Professor Edward L. Powers has an outstanding record of scholarly work at UNC Pembroke.

In a past several years, he has published dozens of papers in his area of academic expertise - human resources and organizational behavior. He is an outstanding instructor in UNCP's undergraduate and master's programs in Business Administration and Public Management.

For this, he was awarded the 2001 Adolph L. Dial Award for Scholarship. Dr. Powers has found that teaching somewhat younger students has its rewards too.

For his volunteer work at Pembroke Elementary School, Dr. Powers was awarded the Dial Award for Community Service. He is the first professor to win both awards at the same time. The awards carry a $1,000 prize each.

"I just love the wonderful people over there," Dr. Powers said. "They almost feel like family to me."

He contributed 112 volunteer hours during the last school year and 300 hours this year. Volunteering in an elementary school was an idea that began with a change meeting.

"A friend invited me to attend church," Dr. Powers said. "Her five-year-old daughter sat with us during the service, and I realized that since my daughter is grown how much I missed children."

"My wife suggested I volunteer at school, so I went to Pembroke Elementary," he said. "Assistant Principal Jennifer Freeman assigned by to Donna and Ronda Locklear's first grade class."

"This was a class of 21 student who were repeating first grade," said Ronda Locklear. "Other volunteers had tried and failed, but he was a godsend. We really needed him."

Dr. Powers said he had few adjustment problems moving from college students to first and second graders.

"It was magic from the start," Dr. Powers said. "I don't know why, but I connect with first and second graders."

He enjoys tutoring so much he does a variety of other duties at Pembroke Elementary.

"Lunch is my favorite because I get to hop from table to table," Dr. Powers said. "They call me 'Mr. Ed' and gave me a t-shirt with my name on it."

Ms. Locklear agreed that lunch with Mr. Ed is a fun time.

"All the kids want to sit with him," she said. "They ask for him every day."

Many school children don't have men in their lives, Ms. Locklear said.

More male role models are needed, Dr. Powers concluded.

"There are more things I would like to do for these children," he said. "Getting more people from the university to volunteer - especially men - is one project."

"More people should try it," Dr. Powers said. "This is the nicest place I have ever been. I spend as much of my free time there as I can."

Dr. Powers also volunteers in two Lumberton schools and conducted volunteer tutor workshops.

And, he is just beginning to tap the connection between scholarship and community service. He and Dr. William Gash, assistant vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, are co-authoring a paper on classroom management for an academic journal.

Dr. Powers' scholarly record is outstanding. In the past two years, he has published or presented papers titled, "Human Resource Selection: The Foundation for Managing in a World of Change," "The World is Changing, Why Can't We Change How We Account for Human Resources," "From Personnel to Human Resources: Not Yet a Done Deal" "Guidelines for Identifying Line-Staff Imbalance in Organizations" and "Employee Loyalty In the New Millennium."

A 13-year veteran professor at UNCP, Dr. Powers teaches undergraduate business management courses and graduate courses in the Master's of Business Administration and Public Management programs.

He received his B.S., B.A and Master of Business Administration degrees from West Virginia University and a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Powers may be reached at: edandmary2000@aol.com.