Category: New Faculty/Promoted
Faculty promoted this year are from College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Engineering, and the School of Management
Excerpts from BU Today:
From mapping marketing strategies to mapping the brain, the 17 BU faculty members who have just been promoted to full professor cover a wide and compelling range of research interests.
Shuba Srinivasan, a newly minted SMG professor of marketing, views her promotion as an acknowledgment of years of hard work.
“This promotion represents a major milestone recognizing years of sustained effort on several fronts,” says Srinivasan. In addition to designing effective courses in her area of expertise—marketing analytics—Srinivasan has bridged the gap between marketing theory and practice in her research. “This promotion affirms all of this,” she says.
Faculty are selected for promotion based on the quality of the research and scholarship conducted in their classrooms and laboratories.
“Outstanding faculty are at the heart of what defines a successful research institution,” says Jean Morrison, University provost and chief academic officer. “The 17 exceptional scholars we recognize are as talented as they are diverse, each demonstrating the passion for teaching and willingness to reach across disciplines that enable Boston University each day to create new knowledge, generate new ideas, and make important new practical discoveries. From the humanities and sciences to engineering and business, all have emerged as leaders committed to excellence in their individual fields. We are excited to announce their promotion to full professor and for the great work each has in store.”
Read the full story on BU Today.
Kristen McCormack Appointed Assistant Dean of Sector Initiatives at Boston University School of Management
Boston University School of Management announced that Kristen McCormack has been named Assistant Dean of Sector Initiatives. McCormack is currently an executive-in-residence, master lecturer, and faculty director of the Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership at the School of Management. She will assume her expanded role immediately.
As Assistant Dean of Sector Initiatives, McCormack will oversee the School’s programs and initiatives in three emerging sectors of the world economy: Health & Life Sciences, Digital Technology, and Social Enterprise & Sustainability. McCormack will focus on the student experience and ensure that undergraduate and graduate business students gain deep exposure, practical experience, and functional excellence in one or more of the sectors. She will also continue to build and strengthen external partnerships and work with internal stakeholders to create new opportunities for growth and collaboration within and across the sectors.
McCormack joined the School of Management in 2002 after more than twenty years in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors leading mission-driven organizations. She earned her MBA with a concentration in Public & Nonprofit Management from Boston University and an undergraduate degree in Community Planning from the University of Massachusetts.
McCormack’s appointment comes at a very important time in SMG’s history. The School of Management recently embarked on a comprehensive new strategy focused on impactful research, exceptional teaching, and the three rapidly growing sectors of the world economy: Digital Technology, Health & Life Sciences, and Social Enterprise & Sustainability. The School is optimizing business education for a fast-changing world by providing insight into these sectors and a practical foundation in the functional management disciplines, business ethics, social responsibility, and global perspective as it approaches its centennial year, beginning in September 2013.
Boston University School of Management welcomes Dr. Ahmad Namini. Dr. Namini joins the School as Executive Director of the Mathematical Finance (MSMF) Program, effective July 16, 2012.
In this role, Dr. Namini will play a critical role in refining the Program, with a special focus on expanding industry connections, creating student internships, and fostering successful job placements. He will also work with Finance faculty to develop and implement strategies that will have a major impact on the future success of the Program.
Dr. Namini comes to the School with a wealth of experience in the financial services industry. He has worked with Deutsche Bank, the Fortress Investment Group and, most recently, with the Citigroup Global Markets in Hong Kong, where he was Head of the Quantitative Analytics and IT teams in the Emerging Markets Credit Trading unit. He is also a graduate of the Boston University Mathematical Finance Program, and has a PhD in Computational Mechanics from the University of Maryland. Previously, Dr. Namini has taught in the School’s Math Finance Program and advised students on corporate-world applications of mathematical finance.
Boston University School of Management is delighted to welcome 12 new full-time faculty members, starting September 2012.
New Associate and Assistant Professors
Markets, Public Policy & Law, Assistant Professor
Agah earned her PhD and BS in economics from MIT. Most recently, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in health and aging for the National Bureau of Economic Research. Previously, she served as a Galbraith Scholar at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and conducted research at MIT and the World Bank in Indonesia. Agah’s research interests include public economics, health economics, and the economics of technology and innovation. Her awards include serving as referee for several major journals, a Young Researcher Award at the Workshop on Health IT and Economics, and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.
Andrea M. Buffa
Finance, Assistant Professor
Buffa earned his PhD and MRes in finance, plus his MSc in finance and economics, all from the London School of Business, his MSc in economics from Collegio Carlo Alberto (Italy), and his BA in economics from the University of Turin (Italy). His research interests include asset pricing with market imperfections, credit risk, delegated portfolio management, contract theory, and market microstructure. Among his awards are Western Finance Association Travel Grants and the ESRC Scholarship.
Susan Jung Grant
Marketing, Clinical Associate Professor
Grant earned her PhD and MBA in marketing from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, and her BA in English literature from University of Pennsylvania. Previously, she was assistant professor of marketing at University of Colorado Leeds School of Business. Her research interests include consumer information processing, persuasion, judgment and decision-making; influence of consumer goal states and motivation on cognition; new product evaluation and consumer acceptance of innovation, and psychology of financial decision-making. Her awards include Advertising Education Foundation Visiting Professor Program Award, MBA Educator of Distinction Award at University of Colorado and Joseph L. Frascona Teaching Excellence Award Finalist.
Marketing, Assistant Professor
Kurt earned her PhD in 2012 in marketing from University of Pittsburgh Katz Business School, her MBA in finance from the University of Alabama, and her BS in political science and public administration from Middle East Technical University in Turkey. Her research interests include social influence, in-store decision making and shopper marketing, and the marketing-finance interface. She has been awarded the AMA Sheth Foundation Doctoral Consortium Fellowship, Haring Symposium Fellowship at Indiana University, and Mitsubishi Fellowship at University of Pittsburgh.
Accounting, Assistant Professor
Li completed her PhD in accounting at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2012. Previously, she had studied graduate finance at Cornell University, and earned her BA in economics at Emory University. She has taught corporate and financial accounting and financial statement analysis at MIT, and managerial finance at Cornell. Li’s research interests include accounting regulations and policies; banking; contracting innovation; and networks. Her awards include Sloan School of Management Doctoral Fellowship, AAA/Deloitte/J. Michael Cook Doctoral Consortium Participant, and Jack and Lewis Greenhut Award.
Erin M. Reid
Organizational Behavior, Assistant Professor
Reid completed her PhD in organizational behavior and sociology from Harvard University in 2012. She earned an AM in sociology from Harvard, and MSc in organizational behavior from Queen’s University, and a BComm from McMaster University. Her research and teaching interests include gender and identity dynamics in organizations and occupations. Among her awards are the Emerald Best Student Paper Award, GDO Division, Academy of Management; Harvard University Graduate Society Dissertation Completion Fellowship; INFORMS/Organization Science Dissertation Proposal Competition Finalist; and Outstanding Reviewer Award, GDO Division, Academy of Management.
Information Systems, Assistant Professor
Shore earned his PhD in economic development at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, master’s in urban planning at Harvard University, and BA in music at Bowdoin College. He recently completed post-doctoral studies at the School of Management after conducting research at Northeastern University’s Lazer Lab and Harvard University Institute for Quantitative Social Science. He also conducted research at the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Institute for International Urban Development. His research interests include communication network structure, organization structure and problem-solving performance, structural holes and information overload, and evolution of inter-firm networks. Shore has also been a recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.
Information Systems, Assistant Professor
Walker earned his PhD in theoretical physics in complex systems at Stony Brook University, a BS in physics from New York University, and a BA in electrical engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology. He also did post-doctoral work at NYU Stern School of Business. His research focuses on the role of networks and networked systems in the diffusion of information, behaviors, and dynamic processes. Specifically, his scholarship aims to develop an empirical understanding of these dynamics, exploring how such an understanding can shape the formation of new policies and incentive structures that seek to promote or discourage behavioral and economic outcomes at the individual, community, and population level.
Information Systems, Senior Lecturer
Covino earned his PhD in computer information systems from Nova Southeastern University, and his MBA and BSBA in business management from Suffolk University. After having taught at the School of Management for almost a decade, he now moves to full-time as a senior lecturer in the Information Systems department. He has also taught at Northeastern University and Cambridge College. Covino has held positions as department chair of information technology for an on-line MBA program, and director of information technology and security programs. His IT industry experience extends over two decades, with senior level positions in a variety of industries. He also serves as a project manager for Pfizer Global Operations. His research and teaching interests include internet filtering software used for access to various web sites, project management, information technology at all levels, e-commerce, and management issues.
Operations & Technology Management, Lecturer
Kadets earned his MS and ABD in operations research from New York University, and his BS in mathematics cum laude at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He has been an adjunct professor at the School since 2008, now becoming a full-time lecturer in the operations and technology management department. Kadets has an extensive background in IT, and has been EVP, CIO, and cofounder Securitinet; CIO of The Gem Group; global CIO and VP of Bacou-Dalloz; and CIO of Encore Computer. He has taught at several colleges including University of Massachusetts (Boston) and Suffolk University. His teaching interests are operations management and statistics for both undergraduate and MBA programs. His research is in digital security in the healthcare industry. Kadets received a Computerworld “Premier 100 IT Leader Award” in 2001.
Operations & Technology Management, Senior Lecturer
Lee earned his DBA, MBA, and MS/MIS at Boston University School of Management and a BA at Hongik University (Korea). He has taught at Emmanuel College, Babson College, and Hult International Business School. His research interests include the supplier’s capability of upgrading in global supply chains, the evolution of mid-sized firm’s capability upgrading in supply chains, and the development of socially responsible supply chains.
Operations & Technology Management, Lecturer
Newell earned both her MBA with a concentration in finance and MSW at Columbia University, and her AB in English at Radcliffe College. She has been a lecturer at the School since 2009, joining this fall as a full-time lecturer. Her professional experience includes time as a commercial lending officer at Comerica Bank and various roles at BankBoston, where she helped manage and develop the curriculum for the credit officer training program. She has also served as chair of the Finance Committee for Wellesley College’s Wellesley Centers for Women.
The School of Management at Boston University is delighted to announce that three faculty members have been promoted to full Professor, effective September 1, 2012: Chrysanthos Dellarocas (Information Systems), Susan Fournier (Marketing), and Erol Peköz (Operations and Technology Management).
| Chris Dellarocas
Professor of Information Systems
Chrysanthos (Chris) Dellarocas is one of the world’s most cited scholars in the fields of online reputation and social media. His research interests also include collective intelligence, online advertising, and the economics of media industries. He has published articles in Management Science, Journal of Management Information Systems, Information Systems Research, Sloan Management Review, and other journals.
He is a senior editor of Information Systems Research and an associate editor of Management Science. Dellarocas is also the recipient of numerous teaching, funding, and merit awards, including the National Science Foundation’s CAREER award. He holds 9 patents and is co-founder and advisor of a number of companies in the technology space.
Dellarocas holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Diploma in Electrical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece. Prior to Boston University, he taught at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and at the University of Maryland’s R. H. Smith School of Business. Before pursuing an academic career he was a management consultant with Accenture and McKinsey.
Professor of Marketing
Susan Fournier is credited with founding the brand relationships sub-field in marketing. Her research explores the creation and capture of value through branding and brand relationships. Current projects investigate the links between brand strategy and shareholder value, brand co-creation and consumer-generated advertising, the management of person-brands, the power and process of brand parodies, metrics for brand strength and brand community health measurement, attachment style effects on brand relationships, and the lived experiences of select brand relationships such as flings and adversaries.
Fournier has received six best article awards for her published work, including the Long-term Contribution Award in consumer research. She is also the author of many best-selling Harvard case studies on branding and a long-standing member of the Editorial Boards of Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Relationship Marketing, Journal of Business-to-Business Marketing, Marketing Theory, and more recently, Journal of Marketing.
Fournier holds a Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of Florida, an M.S. in Marketing from The Pennsylvania State University, and a B.S.B.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Prior to joining Boston University, she served on the faculties of Harvard Business School and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. She also held a Vice-President/Director position at Young & Rubicam Advertising and served in market research roles at Polaroid Corporation and Yankelovich Clancy Shulman.
| Erol Peköz
Professor of Operations and Technology Management
Working in the areas of applied probability and statistics, Erol Peköz studies stochastic problems in operations management and finance, include queuing models for congestion in operations, theory of rare events, Monte Carlo simulation, risk management, and statistical models for health care provider profiling.
His work has appeared in Annals of Probability, Bernoulli, Journal of Applied Probability, Medical Care, and Statistics in Medicine, among other journals. He has conducted research funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; and the Veterans Health Administration. He has also worked as a consultant for Pfizer and the Accenture Institute for High Performance Business.
Peköz holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Operations Research from University of California, Berkeley, and a B.S. from Cornell University. He has taught on the faculty at Harvard University, the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of California, Berkeley, where he received an award for outstanding instruction. He was also honored with the Broderick Prize for Teaching at Boston University.
The School of Management is pleased to announce five new full-time faculty members, bringing the total to 22 new full-time professors in the past three years. Starting September 2011, we welcome:
Edward Riedl, Associate Professor of Accounting
Professor Riedl joins the School from Harvard Business School, where he taught since 2002. He received his BBA and MBA in accounting from Pace University, and PhD in business administration with a concentration in accounting from Pennsylvania State University. His research interests include fair value accounting, international accounting, valuation, and intangible assets. In 2004, he won the Competitive Manuscript Award, awarded by the American Accounting Association for the top dissertation of the year. More
Kira Fabrizio, Assistant Professor of Strategy & Innovation
Professor Fabrizio, who comes to the School from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, received her PhD and MA from the University of California at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and her BA from Wesleyan University. Her areas of interest involve knowledge exploitation, firm strategy, and intellectual property rights. In addition, she has received various awards for her scholarly work, including the Crawford Dissertation Fellowship and the Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship. More
Nachiketa Sahoo, Assistant Professor of Information Systems
Professor Sahoo, most recently a visiting assistant professor of information systems at Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business, received his PhD and MA from the Carnegie Mellon University and his BTech from the Indian Institute of Technology (Kharagpur, India). His areas of interest involve information filtering, recommender systems, and networks analysis. His research has attracted funding from both government and private sources, including a Yahoo! Faculty Research Grant for his work in personalized advertisement. More
Keith Marzilli Ericson, Assistant Professor of Markets, Public Policy & Law
In June 2011, Professor Ericson completed his doctoral studies in economics at Harvard University College of Arts & Sciences. He received his BA in economics and political science from Williams College. His areas of interest include public economics, health economics, and behavioral & experimental economics. He has been the recipient of numerous honors, including the National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship and the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship. More
Michael Nowotny, Assistant Professor of Finance (Mathematical Finance)
In June 2011, Professor Nowotny received his PhD in finance at the University of California at Los Angeles Anderson School of Management. He received both his Diplom in economics and his Vordiplom in business economics from the University of Mannheim (Germany). His areas of interest include asset pricing, stochastic volatility and portfolio choice, and econometrics. He was the recipient of various fellowships at UCLA, including the Graduate Division-Dissertation Year Fellowship and the Landesstiftung Baden-Wurttemberg Fellowship. More