France Belanger named Byrd Senior Fellow

BLACKSBURG, Va., Nov. 11, 2009 – France Belanger, professor of accounting and information systems in the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech, has been named the Byrd Senior Fellow by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The Byrd Senior Faculty Fellowship for Excellence in Accounting and Information Systems 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.

Byrd Senior Faculty Fellows retain the fellowship for a three-year period.

A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1997, Bélanger has published 32 peer-reviewed journal articles, two books, six book chapters, 56 peer-reviewed conference proceedings, and has presented to industry and academic audiences worldwide. Several of her papers and conference proceedings have garnered national awards. A paper in the American Business Law Journal was the recipient of the 2008 Hoeber Excellence in Research Award, while another in IEEE Transactions on Education received the 2008 IEEE Education Society Research Excellence Award. Three of her articles are some of the most cited in their research domain.

Bélanger has been involved in several externally funded research projects, and was co-principal investigator on two large National Science Foundation grants. In 2006, she was a Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Information Systems at the Technical University of Lisbon. This past summer, she held an appointment as Visiting Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury.

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