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The Southern Management Association, or SMA, has awarded the Best Doctoral Student Paper in Track for the Health Care/Hospitality Management/Public Administration Track to Courtney Haun, a doctoral student in the public administration and public policy program in the College of Liberal Arts. Her paper, “A Pilot Study Examining the Influence of Proximity to Nurse Staffing Resources on Quality of Care Outcomes,” is co-authored with fellow student Zachary Mahafza and Geoffrey Silvera, assistant professor of health administration. Haun and her co-authors were recognized recently at the SMA Awards ceremony in St. Pete Beach, Florida, during its annual conference.

“Congratulations to Courtney Haun and her co-authors on receiving this award. It is well deserved, and serves as a fine example of the great research coming from our graduate programs,” said Joseph Aistrup, dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

SMA is a domestic affiliate of the Academy of Management. Its primary mission is to advance the research, teaching, learning, and practice of management.

SMA membership consists of over 1100 management professors, doctoral students, and executives representing more than 350 colleges, universities, and business firms in 48 states and several foreign countries.