Molly Rapert, associate professor of marketing in the Sam M. Walton College of Business. Rapert, an alumna of the University of Arkansas, has mentored 22 honors students on thesis topics ranging from the social and environmental impact of plastic grocery bags to micro-financing opportunities in Africa. Statistics support the effectiveness of her mentoring: 67 percent of her thesis students have received grant funding and a 20 percent of them have won Walton College thesis awards.
Her readings-based, seminar-style undergraduate courses, designed in collaboration with an advisory board of 20 executives, are popular with honors students, and she has taught an honors course focused on consumers in China and sub-Saharan Africa. Rapert has won advising, service and teaching awards, including, most notably, her selection in 2010 as top marketing professor in the nation by the Marketing Management Association. Each summer she teaches in a study abroad program in Italy.