New and Incoming Faculty: 2011 - 2013: Faculty Recruiting Update: April 2013
The following listing illustrates the College’s vigorous faculty hiring program over the past few years. By August 2013 we will have more than doubled the number of faculty members in the College since December 2010.
1. NEW FACULTY: 2011
In January 2011, the following new faculty members joined the college:
K. Perin Arin joined the college as associate professor of economics, having been senior lecturer with tenure in the business school at Massey University since 2005. His MS and PhD in economics are from Louisiana State University. Additionally he has spent substantial time visiting at several economics institutes in Germany over the years. His publications focus mostly on monetary and fiscal policy, taxation, privatization, the economics of terrorism, and financial and political risk analysis. His teaching experience includes both micro and macro economics, as well as money and banking.
Curba Lampert joined the Dubai campus as assistant professor of management. Having completed her PhD in strategic management from the University of Texas, Austin, she was a visiting assistant professor of management at Texas A&M University for one year and assistant professor of management at the University of South Carolina for seven years. Her research interests are diversification and divestments, technology strategy and innovation, managing entrepreneurship in large corporations and organizational search. Her publications and presentations are in top-rated academic journals and the most prominent international academic conferences. Her teaching has been in the area of strategic management as applied across several sectors and industries.
Timothy Shawn Strother joined the college as assistant professor of finance on our Abu Dhabi campus. With a PhD in finance from the University of Tennessee, he was assistant professor at East Carolina University for three years and then lecturer at the University of Otago (NZ) for an additional three years. Shawn’s research includes focus on asset pricing, terrorism, exchange traded funds, equity market volatility, performance benchmarking, market microstructure and initial public offerings & venture capital. His teaching includes a wide range of finance areas, including financial markets and institutions and capital markets. He has been very active in guiding student organizations both in Financial Management and for Chartered Financial Analysts.
Sam Tibbs joined the college on our Abu Dhabi campus as assistant professor of finance. With a PhD from the University of Tennessee, Sam was previously assistant professor of finance at East Carolina University for six years, with six years prior experience in the US Navy with the nuclear power program. Sam’s publications in highly recognized international academic journals generally focus on corporate misconduct, fraud, corporate governance and control. His experience at both the undergraduate and graduate levels has earned him outstanding teaching awards at his former institution. Sam resigned in July 2012 to accept a faculty position at the American University of Sharjah.
Issam (Sam) Tlemsani joined the college as assistant professor of finance on our Abu Dhabi campus. With a PhD from Kingston University in Islamic Finance, and a MA in business from Middlesex University, he came to the college after two years at the Higher Colleges of Technology and one year as senior lecturer at the Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance. One of the very few real scholars in Islamic Finance in the UAE, he has published several articles and chapters in this area. Having taught courses across the finance and economics curriculum in his previous positions, he is teaching in both our graduate and undergraduate economics and finance offerings.
In August 2011, nine new faculty members joined the College.
Damien Arthur joined our Abu Dhabi campus in marketing. His specialty is consumer behavior. He has been a tenured associate lecturer at the University of Adelaide Business School in Australia since 2004. He received his PhD in 2010 from the University of Adelaide and his dissertation title was “The Symbolic Consumption of Subcultures: an Ethnographic Study of the Australian Hip Hop Culture.” Damien’s teaching experience includes consumer behavior, market research, qualitative market research, and marketing principles. Damien’s current research focuses on areas of symbolic consumption, youth culture and marketing, Hip Hop culture, masculinity and consumption and the use of fear appeals in advertising.
Belinda Crawford Camiciottoli joined our Abu Dhabi campus in business communication. With a doctorate in applied linguistics from Universitat Jaume I, Castellon de la Plana (Spain), Belinda has been a tenured English Language Researcher teaching business studies and business communication in the Faculty of Economics of the University of Florence, Italy, since 2004. In recent years she has also been working with undergraduate business students from the Stern School of Business (NYU) when they spend a semester at their Florence campus. Belinda’s research and publications deal with business discourse from both academic and professional perspectives. Belinda resigned in July 2012 to accept a tenured faculty position at the University of Pisa, Italy.
Susan Crotty joined our Abu Dhabi campus in management. She joined us after two years as assistant professor at the Dubai School of Government. With a PhD in management and organizations from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern, she was also a visiting assistant professor at the Krannert School of Management (Purdue). Her specialty is organizational culture and multicultural management issues, with special emphasis on comparisons between Middle Eastern and Western management styles and effectiveness. Susan has a substantial research grant from the Emirates Foundation looking at issues of work values, the work ethic, and occupational aspirations as related to Emiratization.
Emily David joined our Dubai campus in management. Emily completed her PhD in May 2011 at the University of Houston in industrial/organizational psychology, and her research focuses on issues of personality and job performance, job burnout and work-family issues, demographics, organizational politics, citizenship and social skills. One of her more intriguing manuscript titles is “Dead Career Walking.” Emily has consulted with such organizations as NASA, SaudiARAMCO, ExxonMobil, PeopleTree and the US Navy.
Maja Grasso joined our Abu Dhabi campus having completed her doctoral studies at Washington State University in industrial/organizational psychology. Her undergraduate degree is in business administration from Oregon State University. The research focal points in her most recent publications include organizational justice, leadership, job performance, and workplace safety and accidents. Her dissertation on organizational justice and cognitive rigidity was a blend of both laboratory and field research.
Victor Zeng-Yu Huang joined our Abu Dhabi campus having completed his PhD in management from the Smurfit School of Business, University College Dublin. His research areas of interest are entrepreneurial opportunity recognition, radical innovation, international management and strategy and cross cultural psychology. After several years of entrepreneurial and managerial assignments in a variety of hospitality sector and marketing organizations, Victor returned to academia to pursue his doctoral studies. His research has been published in a variety of outlets from peer reviewed journals to Business Week. He has taught in Asia, Europe and the USA and has won several awards for his student, teaching and research work.
Farooq Malik joined our Dubai campus, from a tenured associate professor of finance position at the University of Southern Mississippi’s business school. Farooq received his PhD from Texas Tech University in economics and his most recent publications focus on oil price and stock market volatility as well as the risk/return relationship. Over the years Farooq has taught a wide range of macro and micro economics, statistics and research methods, and finance (financial analysis, corporate finance, and financial management) courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
Claire Sherman joined our Abu Dhabi campus in marketing, having been a tenured associate lecturer at the University of Adelaide business school since 2003. She completed her PhD in 2010 in marketing from Adelaide and her dissertation focused on product placement in reality television. Over the years Claire has taught such courses as marketing communications, marketing ethics, consumer behavior, marketing management and business finance at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Her research focus includes branded entertainment, youth culture, and the marketing of finance, as well as the role that marketing plays in broader society.
Li Sun joined our Dubai campus in marketing, having completed her PhD this spring at the National University of Singapore’s business school in marketing. Her dissertation focus was on system markets with specific emphasis on the consumer demand and preferences in the video game market. Originally from China, with industry experience in merchandising and international business magazine editorship, Li has most recently been exploring consumer learning and behavioral biases, and her broad interests are in marketing strategies, discrete choice models, game theory and empirical industrial organization. Her teaching and classroom experience are in marketing research, retail entrepreneurship, B2B marketing and consumer behavior.
2. NEW FACULTY 2012:
In January 2012 the following new faculty members joined the College:
Claire Richards, PhD in accounting from the University of Utah, has served as an assistant professor of accounting for several years and also has been the Chief Financial Officer for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Thus she combines both academic (rigor) and professional (relevance) qualifications in the field of accounting. Having her join the college at this time is very important not only given her background but also because of our forthcoming major in accounting on our AUH campus, which is requiring a major infusion of new accounting faculty members. Given Claire’s background, she should be a perfect fit for us in this important area. Claire joined us as assistant professor of accounting in January 2012.
Anup Nandialath, joined us in January 2012 as assistant professor of management and strategy. He has a PhD from Ohio State University in business strategy and has been on the faculty at HEC-Paris for the past two+ years as assistant professor. HEC-Paris was recently rated as the #1 business school in Europe by The Financial Times. Anup came highly recommended to us both for strong research and teaching. We are fortunate to have attracted an individual with his background. He very nicely complements our faculty members on both the Abu Dhabi and Dubai campuses in strategy. Currently he has two forthcoming articles in strong international journals and two more under review at strong international journals.
Chrysi Rapanta joined us in January 2012 as assistant professor of business communications. With a PhD in communication sciences from the Universita della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano, Switzerland, Chrysi’s background and experience is a very good fit with our business communication faculty members. She joins us as a junior faculty member and her focus will complement our more senior business communications faculty members very well. Especially noteworthy is the experience she will be bringing in e-learning and blended learning approaches to communications programs and courses. This will be important to us as we move to link our two campuses in terms of the use of video-conferencing techniques in some of our classes. Her focus on collaboration practices among professionals in e-learning design and innovation will be of special value to us.
Allan Graham, PhD, Virginia Tech University, joined us in January 2012 as associate professor of accounting. His MBA and undergraduate degrees are from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. For the past 12 years he has been assistant and associate professor of accounting at the University of Rhode Island. Additionally, he has been visiting professor at business schools in Germany and Australia. Prior work before his academic career he held various accounting positions in governmental and university settings. The main courses he has taught in the past are accounting information systems, financial and managerial accounting. His publications have focused on such issues as unintended consequences of Sarbanes Oxley legislation, option pricing, and reporting requirements. Most recently he has been the area coordinator for accounting and information systems at Rhode Island.
Sasha Hodgson joined us in January 2012 with substantial teaching experience in the Higher Colleges of Technology, Exeter University and elsewhere. While her doctorate is in education, she recently completed the AACSB-sponsored Post-Doctoral Bridge Program (attending Virginia Tech University) to become academically qualified (AQ) in business (a designation that AACSB requires of business professors as schools go through the accreditation process). This unique program was designed by AACSB as a way to bring non-business doctorally trained individuals into the business school professoriate at a time when the number of individuals currently being doctorally trained in business is in no way enough to fill the need for business professors. Sasha’s discipline is HRM and her extensive teaching experience will be extremely useful to the college. Our HRM specialization is especially popular with our students and her qualifications will meet our needs very well. Sasha joined us as assistant professor of management and HRM.
In August 2012 the following new faculty members joined the College:
Katherine Barker Cagwin, PhD, University of Arkansas, joined us as assistant professor of accounting. She has held positions as assistant and associate professor at several business schools, most recently at the University of South Florida, where she has been since 2007. Prior to her doctoral work, she received an MS in accounting from the Rochester Institute of technology, a BS in accounting from Empire State University, and a Piano Performance Diploma from the Eastman School of Music! A specialist in forensic accounting, Kathy’s more recent publications focus on the Fair Credit Reporting Act, bankruptcy reform and fraud, and construction fraud. Prior to her professorial work she was a practicing CPA and accountant for several years. Over the years she has taught the full range of accounting courses. She also has served as chair of the department of accounting and finance at RIT and MBA Program Director at The University of Texas, Brownsville. She holds citizenship in the US and the UK, and was born in Zimbabwe.
Debra Skaradzinski joined us as assistant professor of finance. With a PhD in finance from Virginia Tech University and an MBA with a finance concentration from Wake Forest University, she also has a BA degree in French with a minor in chemistry from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. She has held assistant professor and lecturer positions at several business schools, including Radford, Hollins, Siena, the University of Rhode Island and the University of Massachusetts. For the past four years she has been assistant professor at Rhode Island College. Prior to her academic career she held several positions in banking and credit organizations. She has taught a wide variety of finance courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Christian Chamorro-Courtland joined us as assistant professor, upon having completed his doctoral studies in business law at York University. He received his bachelors and masters of law from King’s College London. He brings with him four years teaching experience while at York pursuing his PhD. After three years of community service in China assisting locals from underprivileged communities, he returned to his studies, first at King’s College Madrid, then at King’s College and currently completing his doctoral work at York. During his studies he had both consular and legal internships. He has published various articles, book reviews, and presented several conference papers. With special interests in public monetary law, regulation, risk and legal issues concerning international financial markets, he will be teaching courses in legal and ethical aspects of business. He speaks four languages.
Rwan El-Khatib joined us as assistant professor of finance, upon having completed her doctoral work at the Walton School of Business, University of Arkansas, where she also received an MS in accounting. Additionally she has an MBA with accounting specialization from the University of Jordan. Notably, she comes with the highest possible recommendations from her doctoral mentors, who stated she is the best doctoral student they have had in their program in over a decade. She is a Certified Financial Manager, Certified Management Accountant and a member of the Institute of Management Accountants. Prior to her doctoral work, she was finance and investment officer for the Arabic Islamic International Bank. Her teaching experience includes International Finance, Acquiring and Managing Financial Resources, accounting principles, intermediate and managerial accounting. She is teaching finance as well as accounting with us.
Themistoclis (Themis) Pantos was most recently the Bridge Bank Chair of Banking and Financial Services at San Jose State University, where he was on the faculty since 2000. With a PhD in finance from the University of Toronto and an MA in economics from York University, he is the recipient of numerous teaching awards over the years (at both San Jose State and Rutgers University, where he taught before joining San Jose State), including most recently the 2011 and the 2012 Master Teacher Award from San Jose State. He has a long list of publications and is currently the associate editor of the “Review of Accounting and Finance.” His more recent research and articles focus on issues such as banking regulation, global derivatives markets and hedge funds, and ESO valuation models. Prior to his academic career, he worked in banking (risk management , mortgage securitization) for ten years. He joined us as professor of finance and is teaching various finance courses here.
Umar Butt joined us as assistant professor of finance upon completion of his PhD in finance from McMaster University. Prior graduate degrees include an MBA in finance from West Texas A&M University and a Masters in Banking and Finance from Punjab University. Umar has nine years of teaching experience in Canada and Pakistan. His current research areas include corporate governance, debt covenant violation and cost of borrowing, and one of his papers on corporate governance was selected as the best paper at the 2011 Corporate Governance and Business Conference (Boston, USA).
Abiot Tessema joined us as assistant professor of accounting upon completion of his PhD in accounting from Maastricht University in the Netherlands. Prior graduate degrees include an MBA in corporate strategy and economic policy, an MBA in accounting and Finance, and a MSC in social protection Financing, all from Maastricht. He taught for several years at universities in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia was executive director of the Ethiopian Center for Strategic Studies in Addis Ababa, and taught at Maastricht for three years in both accounting and finance. Some of his more recent research focuses on the influence of derivative instruments recognition on the accuracy of analysts’ forecasts.
Eda Orhun, a native of Turkey, joined us as an assistant professor of finance upon completion of a PhD in finance from the Vienna Graduate School of Management. Her research focuses on mergers and acquisitions, voluntary disclosures, information economics and financial intermediation. She is the recipient of several awards during both her masters and doctoral studies for her research, She speaks English, Turkish, German and Swedish.
Suleyman Demirel joined us as assistant professor in operations management, with a PhD from the University of Michigan, and an undergraduate degree from Bilkent University in industrial engineering. His research interests include inventory and supply chain management, supply chain disruptions management, yield and capacity uncertainty and the economics of healthcare. His teaching experience at the University of Michigan’s business school won him rave reviews from his students. As noted by one of his major professors, “he is a wonderful teacher.”Internships over the years have been with such organizations as Slumberger, the Tauber Institute for Global Operations at Michigan, production companies and government organizations in Turkey.
Milan Pagon joined us as professor of human resource management with two PhDs, one in business administration from the University of Arkansas and one from the University of Maribor (Slovenia) in human resources management. Over the years he has published his work in some of the most prestigious international academic journals in management. With prior work in human resource management and also in police work, he has served as instructor, assistant, associate and full professor and dean in different universities in Europe and the US. Most recently he has served as professor of management and MBA program director at Al Ghurair University in Dubai.
Raihan Jamil joined us as assistant professor of business communications, having completed his PhD from Purdue University. He has two masters degrees, one in international and intercultural communication and conflict management and the other in information technology and an undergraduate degree in economics. His major research interests are broadly in the area of health communications with special focus on marginalized workers (e.g., migrant workforces) and their health care needs and access. This research should be of considerable interest to us in the UAE, given the multi-cultural nature of the country’s workforce. His work prior to his doctoral studies was in the area of information technology.
Partha Mohapatra joined us, having received his PhD in accounting from the University of Kentucky and having completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Indian School of Business, which is currently rated in the top 20 business schools globally by the Financial Times. His academic experiences include positions as assistant professor at Morgan State University, as well as adjunct work at the University of Maryland and ICFAI. His professional experience includes accounting consulting work with GE Capital and PricewaterhouseCoopers. His areas of research include auditor independence and reputation and enterprise risk, and his teaching with us focuses on accounting information systems and auditing.
Arshad Malik joined us as assistant professor of accounting, having received his PhD in accounting from the University of Waikato (NZ) and his bi-lingual MBA from IESE Business School (SP). With faculty teaching experience in various universities in Pakistan and New Zealand since 1988, Dr. Malik’s published research to date has focused on performance measurement and management in educational institutions. His specialty is financial accounting, With an undergraduate degree in engineering, Dr. Malik spent several years working as a project engineer and manager in an engineering consulting firm.
Muhammad Kaleem Zahir-ul-Hassan joined the College in the fall semester 2012 as assistant professor of accounting, having completed his doctoral studies at Radboud University’s Nijmegen School of Management in the Netherlands and then worked as assistant professor at Radboud University. Kaleen also taught financial and cost/managerial accounting at undergraduate, graduate and executive levels for some years at the Lahore School of Economics. His research interests are in management accounting. With papers presented at several international conferences, a major focus of his scholarship is on governance and management control systems within and between organizations and social construction of accounting practices. Being a professional cost and management accountant (CMA) from the Institute of Cost & Management Accountants of Pakistan, he has several years of experience in audit and financial analysis.
Christina Zenker joined the College on our Abu Dhabi campus in the fall semester 2012 as assistant professor of economics, having completed her PhD in economics from the University of Basel, Switzerland with an MA in international relations from the University of St. Gallen. With experience as assistant professor of economics at Salem College and Elon University, both in North Carolina, she most recently served as Research Manager for the Center for Technology and Economic Development at New York University Abu Dhabi. Her research has focused on food price fluctuations, women in economics, mandatory health insurance and social security reforms (which won the Avenir Suisse Publication of the Year Award in 2009). Her teaching experience has been in micro and macro economics as well as calculus-based business economics.
Robyn Albers joined us as instructor of business communications on our Abu Dhabi campus, with more than sixteen years experience teaching English, business writing and business communications courses in the UAE, East Asia and Canada. Since 2006 she has been instructor with the Academic Bridge Program at Zayed University. Her academic training includes undergraduate and graduate degrees in English and Education. Prior to her work at Zayed she worked with universities in South Korea, and Canada as instructor, business communications consultant, and curriculum developer in business English and communications programs.
3. NEW FACULTY: 2013
In January 2013 the following new faculty members joined the College:
Cornelia Ilie joined the College as professor of business communication. Here academic background includes a PhD in English Linguistics from Stockholm University. She has been Professor of English Linguistics in the Department of Culture and Society at Malmo University (SW) since 2001. Since the mid 1090s she has held faculty positions at Stockholm and Orebro Universities as well as Malmo. Additionally she has been visiting professor or scholar at several universities as The University of California, Berkeley, Lancaster University, and the University of Vienna and has given guest lectures at prominent universities literally all over the world. A noted scholar and prolific researcher, her main research interests are institutional discourse analysis, political discourse practices, intercultural communication and rhetoric, academic writing and argumentation analysis. She is on the editorial review boards of several prominent journals in her field and speaks seven languages.
Rodney Redding joined the College as associate professor of accounting. His academic background includes undergraduate, masters and PhD degrees in accounting Pennsylvania State University. Professional work experience prior to his doctoral work included both accounting and marketing work with Price Waterhouse and IBM. Academic positions have included associate professor and director of the school of accounting at the University of Utah, and he has served on the accounting faculty at the University of North Carolina, Bucknell, Georgetown, Gettysburg, Elon, and the American University of Sharjah. Most recently he has been spending the majority of his time conducting continuing education seminars around the world for practicing accountants, while also teaching at Georgia State University. He is teaching financial accounting with us, for which he has received several awards over the years.
Hanko Zeitzmann joined the College as assistant professor of management and strategy upon completion of his PhD in business administration from Virginia Tech. With an undergraduate degree from Wirtschaftsakademie Potsdam, he also has an MBA with concentrations in finance and marketing from Rollins College. Prior to returning to school for his doctoral work, he held various positions in marketing and sales in the USA and Germany. His teaching experience includes undergraduate and graduate courses in international management, strategic leadership in technology-based organizations, and business policy and strategy. One of his more intriguing recent manuscripts presented at the national Strategic Management Society was “Agglomeration Economies and the Isolation Costs of Lone Wolves.” He is teaching business strategy and quantitative methods here.
Yi Zhang joined the College as assistant professor of human resource management. With a PhD in human resource management from University College Dublin as well as an MBA (Renmin University, China) and MSc in Engineering (University College Galway, Ireland), she has been on the faculty of the School of Economics and Management, Xinjiang University, The Center for Creative Leadership (Singapore campus), Lingnan University (Hong Kong) and EMLyon Business School (Shanghai campus). Her research has centered around such topics as power distance, empowerment and team participation, derailment potential and leadership strength across five countries, organizational climate, knowledge transfer and innovation in R&D companies. Her teaching has been in HRM/OB, Cross-cultural management, business research methods and international business at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
In August 2013, the following new faculty members will join the College:
Betsy Stevens will be joining the College as associate professor of business communications and ethics after 12 years as associate professor of business communication in Elon University’s Martha & Spencer Love School of Business. While there she also served as chair of the Department of Business Administration for four years. Previously she held professorial positions at Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and San Jose State University School of Business Administration. Prior to receiving her PhD from Wayne State University, she held several professional positions in HRM and Student Career Placement. Much of her research focuses on business ethics, and in 2011 she received the Citation Award from the Journal of Business Ethics as a “30 Year Citation Classic.”
Nikolaos Rachaniotis will be joining the College as assistant professor of production and operations management, having completed his doctoral studies at the University of Piraeus. His area of specialization is planning, organizing and control of supply chains. Since 2004 he has been active in publishing his research in a variety of international peer reviewed journals. Prior to his doctoral studies he was a professional statistician for several organizations in France, Germany, Greece, and Qatar. During and after his doctoral studies he has several years teaching production planning and management and environmental management at universities in Greece.
Annie Zhang will join the College as assistant professor of finance, having received her doctoral training at Massey University (NZ). Before beginning her PhD studies she was in corporate finance and financial planning with PwC and Westpac Banking Corp, one of the largest banks in Australia and New Zealand. Currently she is lecturer in finance at the College of Business and Law at Massey. Her research interests include household finance, behavioral finance, asset allocation, financial advice and market efficiency. Her teaching experience since 2007 has been in the areas of business finance, fundamentals of finance, accounting and corporate finance. She has won several awards for her scholarship and various case competitions during her studies.
Naveed Butt will join the College as assistant professor of the practice of accounting after many years first as a professional accountant and most recently as a faculty member teaching financial management and auditing at the undergraduate and graduate levels with the University of Bedfordshire (UK). With an MBA from Northern Kentucky University (US) and a Bsc in accounting from Bradley University (US), he spent more than 20 years in senior accounting and auditing positions in major international accounting and auditing firms (e.g., KPMG, Deloitte and Touche), as well as large international companies in the US, the UK, and KSA. In those years he focused on financial control, internal audit, federal regulation implementation, assurance and enforcement, ensuring that the principles of regulation are understood and implemented by senior management. He holds his CPA in the USA.
Moo Sung Kim will join the College as assistant professor of finance after completing his doctoral studies in finance at temple University. Prior to his doctoral work he had several years of professional experience first with a major advertising company in Korea, and then in the Korean military. His research focus is on corporate structure, governance and strategic decisions. He has had his papers presented at leading international academic conferences in finance. He comes to the College with teaching experience in corporate finance, financial management and financial markets. He also has an MBA in finance from St Joseph’s University and a BA in communication from Korea University.
Wasseem Abaza will join the College as assistant professor of management and human resource management, having completed his doctoral studies at Case Western reserve University. He holds a BA in political science and communication studies from the University of Michigan and an MBA and MA in political science from the University of Toledo. While at Case Western he taught courses in organizational behavior, HRM, and sustainability. His research focuses on goal setting and socially constructed international institutions, third party mediation, and sustainable innovation. He has been active as a director and editorial board member of the World Inquiry Innovation Bank, an action-research initiative focused on the role of business in society.
Lijie Song will join the College as assistant professor of production and operations management, having received her doctoral degree from the Zaragoza Logistics Center in the MIT-Zaragoza International Logistics Program. She also received a Master of Engineering in logistics and supply chain management at Zaragoza, as well as a Masters of Logistics Management at RMIT University (AU) and a Bachelors of Engineering from Shaanxi University (CN). While in her doctoral studies she also worked at McGill University as a graduate research trainee. Her area of research is empirical research in health care operations management. Her teaching experience has been in international logistics and analytical methods. Her research has been presented at major international academic conferences in her field.
Wifag Adnan is joining the College as assistant professor of economics, having received her PhD from Princeton University, with an undergraduate degree (magna cum laude) from Duke University majoring in economics and math, with a minor in Arabic/Asian-African languages and literature. Her research is focused primarily on issues of mobility, wage dispersion, and the influence of class and ethno-religious identity on voting strategies. She has presented her work at conferences in the US and in the UAE. Her teaching experience includes English, pre-calculus, trigonometry, calculus, and economics, as well as preparatory courses for such tests as IELTS, TOEFL, ESL, SAT, GMAT and GRE.
Gina Poncini will join the College as associate professor of business communications, having most recently been associate professor in the department of economics, management and quantitative methods at the University of Milan where she has been teaching courses in English business communication, language and politics, research writing and public speaking. Her research interests are in such areas as discourse analysis, international business communication, communication in multicultural professional settings, social responsibility, business ethics, leadership and ethnographic methods. She has been active in publishing her work in strong international journals as well as books and edited volumes. One of her books won the Association for Business Communication Award for distinguished publication.
Nora Alaniz-Bouqayes will join the College as assistant professor of accounting, having completed her doctoral studies at the University of Texas-El Paso, where she also received her Bachelors and Masters in accounting. Prior to entering her doctoral program she spent many years in the banking industry, as well as being Deputy Director of Homeward Bound for five years. She has taught principles of accounting and managerial accounting at college and university levels while working on her PhD. He work has been presented at the American Accounting Association’s annual meetings and her current research focuses on such issues as mortgage fraud and the role of professional skepticism.
Otto Reich will join the College as assistant professor of economics, with masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Western Ontario, and a bachelors degree from the University of Bonn in economics. Since 2006 he has been lecturer and senior lecturer at Massey University (NZ).With two publications in noted international journals in economics, he has several works in progress in such areas as the determinants of entrepreneurial activity, kidnappings, hostage-taking and reputational effects, interregional transfers, vertical fiscal gap and accountability and government accountability. Over the years he has taught many courses such as macro and micro economics, math for economists, public and international finance, and economic analysis. He has also supervised both honors and post-graduate theses and projects.
Nen-Chen Richard Hwang will join the College as professor of accounting, after many years as professor of accounting at California State University – San Marcos. He has also been a faculty member at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. , and has had many visiting professorships at universities in the US and Taiwan. His educational background includes a PhD in accounting from St Louis University, MS Accounting from the University of Missouri and a BBA Accounting from National Cheng-Kung University (TW). During his academic career he has taught a wide range of accounting, auditing and accounting information systems courses at graduate and undergraduate levels. Among his research interests are earnings management and corporate governance, operational issues in public accounting firms, managerial incentives and performance evaluation, and pedagogical issues in accounting education. He has numerous peer reviewed article publications, practitioner articles, book chapters, and conference presentations. His college, university, professional and community service activities span all facets of his professional life and expertise.
Khurram Parvez Raja will join the College at assistant professor of business law and ethics, having most recently been assistant professor of management and law at Abu Dhabi University. With a PhD in law from Lancaster University Law School (UK) and an MBA from the University of New Brunswick (CA), his research interests include business ethics, companies and commercial law, corporate governance, shareholders’ rights, law in its social context, Islamic law, and the interrelationship between law, business, religion and ethics. To date he has four peer-reviewed articles and his most recent working paper concerns corporate governance and ethics in Islam. His teaching experience includes business ethics, business law, corporate governance, employment and labor law, and international HRM.
In addition, it is likely that three or four other individuals will be joining us as faculty members by the beginning of the fall 2013 semester.