Message from the Dean

Bob WoodThe Mitchell College of Business welcomes eleven new faculty for the 2016-2017 academic year.  The addition of these individuals’ talents and experience will further the Mitchell College student experience.  We welcome new faculty in Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing and Quantitative Methods.

Dr. Joseph Hair joins the Mitchell Faculty as a Distinguished Professor of Marketing and the holder of the Cleverdon Chair of Business.  He will also assume the Director of DBA position.  Dr. Hair holds the PhD from the University of Florida and joins us from Kennesaw State University, where he founded the Kennesaw DBA program.  A prolific scholar, his research interests include multivariate analysis, research methods, and marketing research.

Dr. Craig Pearce as the Ben May Endowed Chair of Business and Professor of Management.  He holds the PhD from the University of Maryland and most recently was Distinguished University Professor of MEF University in Istanbul.  A renowned scholar, his interests include international management and shared leadership.  More information about Drs. Hair and Pearce may be found in related articles in this Mitchell Report. 

Dr. Charlene Dadzie joins the Mitchell College faculty as Assistant Professor of Marketing.  She holds the PhD in Marketing from the University of North Texas. Her research interests include Imagination as a tool for persuasion, sensory information processing in advertising contexts, and marketing strategy and consumer savings behavior in emerging markets.

Dr. Matt Howard comes to the College from Pennsylvania State University where he earned a PhD in Industrial-Organizational (I-O) Psychology.  He serves as Assistant Professor of Quantitative Methods teaching in the MBA and DBA programs.  His research interests include methodology and statistics, training and development, and workplace technologies.

Dr. Ying Huang joins the Economics and Finance faculty as Assistant Professor of Finance.  She comes to us from the faculty at the University of Manitoba and holds the PhD in Finance from the University of Memphis. Her research interests are corporate governance, cash holdings, dividends, mergers and acquisitions, market microstructure, and real estate.

Dr. Jinhak Kim joins us from Purdue University as Assistant Professor of Quantitative Methods in the Marketing and Quantitative Methods Department.  At Purdue he earned the PhD in Management, Quantitative Methods.  His research interests include optimization algorithms for multivariate statistics and mathematical programming models. 

Dr. Thomas Nelson holds the PhD in Entrepreneurship from the University of Louisville.  He joins us from the University of Cincinnati and serves the Melton Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation as Assistant Professor of Management and Director of Student Competitions.  His research interests are entrepreneurial performance, entrepreneurship and public policy, and design theory and application Dr. Mickey Smith comes to us from the University of Southern Mississippi as an Assistant Professor of Management.  He holds the PhD in Business Administration (Management) from Oklahoma State University.  Dr. Smith’s research focuses on employee and team performance, motivation, organizational climate, and dark personality traits.

Mr. James Rich is completing a DBA at Kennesaw State University and joins us as an Instructor of Accounting.  He joins the faculty from a position at Dalton State College.  His research interests are the provision of non-audit services and their influence on auditor independence and performance, organizational justice and public accounting turnover, and how signature requirements influence financial reporting quality.

Christina L. Wassenaar joins the Mitchell College as an Instructor of Management.  She is completing her PhD at Claremont Graduate University and was most recently with CLP Associates.  Her research interests focus on the antecedents of shared leadership, responsibility from the perspective of leader authenticity, and the role of responsibility for economic development as an agent of peace creation.

Ms. Tiffany L. DeRoy brings practical experience at Hartmann, Blackmon & Kilgore to the College.  She joins us as an Instructor of Accounting.  She holds the Masters of Accountancy from the University of South Alabama.

The addition of the eleven new faculty members bring the total number of full-time faculty in the MCOB to forty-six.  We know one of our greatest strengths is the dedicated faculty in the Mitchell College of Business. 


Back to Mitchell Report