Thomas Culham receives Dean's Convocation Medal

June 07, 2013

Returning to university — and especially to a doctoral program — after 30 years as a business executive can be daunting, but Dr. Thomas Culham managed the transition with great success.

He completed his PhD in 13 terms with straight A grades, and was tirelessly active in academic pursuits, from coauthoring a paper and three book chapters to presenting at conferences to developing and teaching courses. In 2010 he was awarded the Paul Tai Yip Ng Memorial Award for best graduate student paper on an aspect of Canada-Asia relations.

Dr. Culham was able to use his thesis, Ethics education of business leaders, as the basis for a book, Ethics education of business leaders: Emotional intelligence, virtues and, contemplative learning, with Information Age Publishing.

The external reviewer for his thesis commented, "This is by far the best thesis I have ever read. The depth and profundity have surpassed the others I have read in my 20 year career as a faculty member. I learned so much from it that I read it a second time to distill new insights."

His supervisor, Dr. Heesoon Bai, agrees: "Tom's research in professional ethics in business is already attracting attention from researchers and professors in the field, for it presents a compelling moral vision that is unique and refreshing as well as theoretically formidable."

Tom says, "I am very grateful for the support he received from Dr. Heesoon Bai and the SFU community. My experience at SFU embodies the promise of philosophy as a lived experience."

He is currently principal of his consulting firm, Culham Business Solutions Ltd. and since 2008, a sessional instructor of supply chain and ethics courses at the Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia. Also since 2011 he has taught supply chain courses in the summer term at the Shanghai Institute of Technology, Shanghai, China.

On behalf of SFU, we congratulate Dr. Thomas Culham on his outstanding achievements which are being recognized with the award of the Dean of Graduate Studies Convocation Medal as one of SFU's most outstanding graduate students from the Faculty of Education.

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