University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations
December 16, 2009
Contact: Jennifer Ekman, Office of Public Relations, (251) 460-6360

USA Mitchell College of Business Distinguished Professor of Marketing Dr. Alvin Williams Named Fellow for Society for Marketing Advances

Dr. Alvin Williams
Dr. Alvin Williams

A nationally known scholar of marketing and supply-chain management, University of South Alabama Mitchell College of Business Distinguished Professor of Marketing Dr. Alvin Williams received the Society for Marketing Advances highest individual honor during the group’s recent meeting in New Orleans when he was named an SMA Fellow.

Each year, the Society for Marketing Advances conducts a nomination and selection process for the SMA Fellow Award, presented to individuals who have demonstrated meritorious contributions to the Society and to the marketing discipline. Williams was the only fellow announced at this year’s event.

Dr. Carl Moore, dean of the Mitchell College of Business, said, “This award is a great honor for Dr. Williams and recognizes his contributions to the marketing discipline over many years. It’s always rewarding to be recognized by your peers in the profession, and this award honors Dr. Williams and the Mitchell College of Business.”

Of his award, Williams said, “I have been involved with SMA for almost 30 years. Many of my marketing academic mentors are included on the list of Fellows. It is indeed humbling to be listed with some of the very individuals that taught me and helped guide my career.  SMA Fellows have always been a tremendous resource for so many of us in the marketing academic arena. Throughout the almost 50 year history of SMA, Fellows have made contributions to further the discipline, including mentoring Marketing faculty. I am honored to be included in this group. I will continue to work to broaden the reach and scope of SMA in the marketing discipline.”

In addition to his teaching and administrative duties during his career, Williams has devoted time to professional organizations and prestigious journals, including serving as editor of the Journal of Supply Chain Management from 2003-07. He has also served as associate editor and a peer reviewer for other academic journals. He led the Society for Marketing Advances as president from 2001-02 and has written and presented dozens of academic papers to conferences across the country.

He also has conducted more than 300 presentations and seminars for business organizations on such topics as supply chain management, sales management and marketing strategy.

Williams received his bachelor’s degree in marketing from USM in 1974, and his masters in marketing from the University of Alabama the following year. He completed his doctorate at the University of Arkansas in 1980. From 1980 to 2008, Williams served the University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business as a faculty member, department chair and interim dean. Prior to his work at USM, Williams was an instructor in marketing and management at the University of Arkansas and an instructor in marketing at Alabama A&M University.


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