Business professor receives the Kaw Valley Bank Award for Research Excellence


photo provided by Shane Van Dalsem

Shane Van Dalsem wins the Kaw Valley Bank Award for his excellence in research. Val Dalsem has been at Washburn since 2015.

Shane Van Dalsem is an associate professor of finance at Washburn University. Knowledgeable and energetic about finance, Van Dalsem shows command of the subject matter in refreshing lectures. He obtained a bachelor’s degree from Missouri Southern State University. After working in banking for a few years, he got his master’s degree from Kansas State University and his Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas.

Van Dalsem worked at the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse for eight years before joining Washburn in 2015. He teaches investment, corporate finance, applied portfolio management and financial strategies.

The Business School Research Award is given annually to one of the school’s faculty members who have made substantial contributions in research. Discipline-based research, contributions to practice and teaching-related research all help to maintain and enrich the intellectual capital of the faculty. Van Dalsem was excited to receive the award after years of work.

“I’ve always loved the teaching focus that Washburn has. Being recognized for the hard work that I have put in over the years gives me honor to receive this award. I am thankful for such a beautiful and supportive environment that Washburn has provided me for my research,” Van Dalsem said.

In the last five years, Van Dalsem has published six peer-reviewed journal articles, many of which were in significant publications. His research topics include non-profits, family firms and repurchase activity.

“He has published 15 scholarly articles and cases during his career, and has used the knowledge of doing this research to the benefit of his students. He provides knowledge and service for Washburn on things such as the University Benefits Committee and the Topeka Community Foundation, and so many others which makes the university proud,” said David Sollars, professor of economics and dean of the School of Business.

This year’s Kaw Valley Award committee noted that his research work displays his ability to generate interesting and relevant topics for investigation while addressing real-world issues, reduces complex information, and tailors the results for the background and interests of his audience.

Edited by: Kyle Manthe, Glorianna Noland