France Bélanger, professor of accounting and information systems in the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech, has been reappointed as the Tom and Daisy Byrd Senior Faculty Fellow by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The Tom and Daisy Byrd Senior Faculty Fellowship was established by Tom and Daisy Byrd in 2008. Tom Byrd, who received his undergraduate degree in accounting from Pamplin in 1980, is the retired president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia. He is a member of the Accounting and Information Systems Advisory Board and the Pamplin Advisory Council and is on the Pamplin Campaign Steering Committee.

Tom and Daisy Byrd Senior Faculty Fellows retain the appointment for a three-year period.

A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1997, Bélanger has published 43 peer-reviewed journal publications, three books, six book chapters, 54 refereed conference proceedings, and 11 abstracts. Several of her papers and conference proceedings have been singled out for special recognitions. A paper in the American Business Law Journal led her to receive the 2008 Hoeber Excellence in Research Award; other papers have garnered "Best Paper” awards. Bélanger also received the 2008 IEEE Education Society Research Excellence Award for a paper in IEEE Transactions on Education.

She has been involved in eight different externally funded research projects, two of which were supported by the National Science Foundation.

Bélanger has served on numerous panels and has made numerous presentations to academic and non-academic groups. In 2006, she received an appointment as the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Management Information Systems at the Technical University of Lisbon. In 2009, she had an appointment as the Visiting Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury.

Bélanger has served as dissertation chair for seven Ph.D. students and is currently supervising one other Ph.D. student. She consistently receives very high teaching evaluations.

She received her bachelor's degree from McGill University, Canada, and a Ph.D. from the University of South Florida.

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