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Teaching & Research

The Association for Business Teaching and Research

A Division of NBEA

The Association for Business Teaching and Research (ABTR) serves primarily, but not exclusively, educators working at colleges and universities in business teacher education programs. ABTR is committed to excellence in research and teaching of business. The division resulted after a merger of the Association for Research in Business Education (ARBE) and National Association of Business Teacher Educators (NABTE).

ABTR offers both individual and institutional membership. Goals and benefits are as follows:


  • Promotes research, facilitates dissemination of research findings, and recognizes outstanding research.
  • Promotes significance of business programs at collegiate, post-secondary, and secondary institutions.
  • Encourages high standards for business educator certification/licensure.
  • Promotes and encourages careers as business educators.

ABTR Leadership

  • President, Dr. Karla Saeger, University of Wisconsin at Whitewater
  • President-Elect, Dr. Margaret O’Connor, Bloomsburg University
  • Secretary, Dr. Lori Hauf, Dickinson State University
  • Past-President, Mona Schoenrock, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Director to the NBEA Board, Dr. Barbara Hagler, Southern Illinois University
  • BERC Rearch Coordinator, Dr. Virginia Hemby-Grubb, Middle Tennessee State University
  • Journal Editor, Dr. Molly Wickam, Bethel UniversityMarketing
  • Communications Coordinator, Dr. Lacey Finley, Park University
  • NBEA Executive Director, Joe McClary

Publishing and Research

ABTR members have the opportunity to publish and receive the Journal for Business Teaching and Research (JBTR). This is a high-quality research journal with 30% acceptance rate, credibility, and impact factor. The scope of the Journal is open to topics associated with:

  • original research in business disciplines (management, marketing, accounting, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, information technology, human resources management, etc.)
  • original research in business teacher preparation and business instruction (best practices, instructional strategies, clinical practice, student teaching, edTPA, student organizations, etc.)
  • applied research in business disciplines or business education
  • original or applied research in international business/global business

Each author must be a member of the Association for Business Teaching and Research and the National Business Education Association (NBEA) upon manuscript acceptance. Use this link for membership application.

Contact JBTR Editor, Dr. Molly Wickam, Bethel University, for more information or [SUBMIT A PROPOSAL FOR PUBLICATION]

An archive of the Business Education Research Conference is available in the NBEA online library.


The Associate’s for Business Teaching and Research (ABTR) awards program seeks to recognize research that promotes and contributes to the advancement in in Business Education. Awards nominations are due by October 15 and are presented during the NBEA Convention each spring in the following categories:

Doctoral Dissertation Award
ABTR requests nominations for doctoral dissertations and seminal studies related to business education. Research completed during 2018 will be submitted and reviewed in 2019 and awarded at the 2020 Business Education Research Conference (BERC), which is held in conjunction with the National Business Education Association Convention.  [SUBMIT A NOMINATION]

National Leadership Award
The purpose of the ABTR Leadership Award is to recognize an ABTR member for outstanding leadership and service to the organization and the profession. The awardee will exemplify a commitment to promoting scholarship, leadership, and cooperation among professionals in education for business through leadership at the national level. [SUBMIT A NOMINATION]

Research Conference Best Paper Awards
The Business Education Research Conference (BERC) is held each spring in conjunction with the National Business Education Association (NBEA) Convention. BERC is sponsored by ABTR and showcases exceptional research in education for and about research. Presentation proposals are due by October 1 each year, and a review panel determines the best papers in two categories: (1) empirical research and (2) innovative instructional practices.

Teacher Educator Support

ABTR encourages:

  • High standards for the certification/licensure of business educators.
  • Provides leadership in identifying strategies for state certification agencies to fully certify/license all educators who teach business courses.
  • Cooperates and works actively with certification programs, pathways, and/or state departments of education to ensure appropriate business educator certification.
  • Promotes and encourages careers as business educators.


  • Business Teacher Curriculum Guide and Program Standards
  • Sets the standards for the education of business teachers.
  • Delineates standards for business teacher education programs.
    Incorporates best-practice standards from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC), the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), and the “Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
    Business Teacher Promotional Material

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