Dr. Jean Sampson Receives McKendree University Grandy Faculty Award

(LEBANON, Ill., May 20, 2022) – Dr. Jean Sampson, professor of management and marketing at McKendree University, received McKendree University’s 2022 William Norman Grandy Faculty Award, given by the Alumni Association. Sampson accepted the surprise honor at undergraduate commencement ceremonies held on Friday, May 13 at the Lebanon, Ill., campus. The Grandy Award is given annually to recognize commitment to students and the ideals promoted by the university.

Sampson earned her undergraduate degree from McKendree in 1983 and has been teaching at her alma mater since 2005. Since then, she has been making a positive impact on the campus community. In addition to serving as the chair of the School of Business since 2016, she has won many prestigious awards, including the United Methodist Exemplary Teacher of the Year Award earlier this year, the William Norman Grandy Award in 2014 and the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award in 2012.

Sampson has been acknowledged as an outstanding instructor who prepares her students for various roles in the world of business. She works hard to create an easy-going, respectful environment in her classes and focuses on personal responsibility, inclusivity and good citizenship.

McKendree business students know Sampson as caring, friendly and approachable. She champions people with disabilities in the workplace and instills a sense of lifelong learning in her students. She also regularly volunteers, attends campus events that her students are involved in, teaches University 101 to help first-years get acclimated with college life, takes on new advisees, picks up classes to teach last minute and happily serves on committees and works on projects that aren’t typically within the scope of her daily responsibilities.

The award is named for Dr. William Norman Grandy, who served from 1952 to 1968 as a professor of philosophy and religion, and as dean of students, academic dean and interim president.


Dr. Jean Sampson Holding Grandy Award

Jean Sampson, left, receives the 2022 William Norman Grandy Faculty Award from Alumni Association President Ryan Furniss, right, during commencement.