Kansas State University


Department of Marketing


The Department of Marketing applauds the accomplishments of the following faculty and staff. 

J.J. Brotton, instructor, received the 2018 Commerce Bank and W.T. Kemper Foundation Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award. The award includes a $2,500 honorarium from Commerce Banchares Foundation and the W.T. Kemper Foundation. Brotton teaches Introduction to Marketing, which has about 320 students every semester. Her teaching philosophy centers on student engagement and letting students know that they matter.


Rebecca GouldMs. Rebecca Gould, career coach for the marketing department, is the 2018 recipient of the Kansas State Bank Outstanding Advising Award.  Nominations for Rebecca came from students who emphasized how committed and involved she is with the students she advises.  She seeks to understand what the students need to succeed and does her best to meet those needs at every level. She seeks to learn as much about the employers she works with as she does about her students so that she can provide her students with the best information possible to make career decisions.  One nominator summed it up as follows:  “The best thing I can say about Rebecca is that – Rebecca cares!”


Claudia Leeds, office specialist, was selected as the College of Business Administration’s 2017 Support Staff Employee of the Year. To quote one of the nominators, “Claudia not only meets the needs of the marketing department in an outstanding manner, she also anticipates our needs and proactively makes sure things are taken car of.”



Edward Nowlin, associate professor, was awarded the CBA Journal Publication Incentive for Fall of 2017. His publication, titled “What’s mine is mine: A study of salesperson knowledge withholding & hoarding behavior,” appeared in Industrial Marketing Management, a top-tier publication.




Swinder JandaSwinder Janda, professor, just completed his 23rd study abroad trip this spring. According to Janda, study abroad opportunities give students a leg up on their peers in the current global business climate. “It is a great way for students to get a sense for not only how international businesses work, but also how cultural and other differences between countries and the United States affect business decisions and opportunities.”


Esther Swilley, associate professor and head of the Department of Marketing, was selected as one of the presenters at the 2018 SPOTLIGHT K-State, which is a unique presentation designed to highlight the best teachers at K-State. Her presentation was on disrupting the classroom. To quote Swilley, “In marketing, it’s not about you, it’s about the customer.  In teaching, it’s not about me, it’s about the student.”