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.
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
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.
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
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. Resources
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