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Endowed Professorships

The Joseph E. Boettner Chair of Risk Management and Insurance

This distinguished professorship in risk management and insurance is funded by an endowment created in 1966 by friends of Joseph E. Boettner. The endowment also provides student scholarships and helped establish an MBA concentration in this area. A chartered life insurance underwriter, Boettner gained widespread recognition as a specialist in estate planning. As president of the Philadelphia Life Insurance Company and director of several firms in the Greater Philadelphia region, he was highly regarded as a perceptive, imaginative, honest and unselfish leader. He was an honorary member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the national business honors society.

Current Recipient: J. David Cummins, PhD

Prior to joining The Fox School, Professor Cummins was the Harry J. Loman Professor of Insurance and Risk Management and the Executive Director of the S.S. Huebner Foundation at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on insurance economics; financial risk management; productivity and efficiency; and securitization of financial institutions. Dr. Cummins has been recognized as the premier researcher in his discipline by the Journal of Risk and Insurance, and has served as the president of the American Risk and Insurance Association.

The Laura H. Carnell Professorships

Established in 1985 by the Temple University Board of Trustees, Carnell professorships recognize faculty who have distinguished themselves in research, scholarship, the creative arts and teaching. They honor Temple University’s first dean, Laura H. Carnell, who worked alongside founder Russell H. Conwell from 1893 until his death in 1925, most of that time as Temple’s chief administrator. Known for her tremendous energy, dedication and compassion, she was a prudent manager and innovative leader who helped thousands of students make a better life for themselves and their families.

Current Recipient: J. Jay Choi, PhD

J. Jay Choi is an internationally renowned scholar who has taught at leading universities around the world, authored or edited more than half a dozen books, and published in top-tier journals. He is the editor of a research series, international finance editor of the Journal of Economics and Business and an editorial board member of four other leading journals. He serves on the board of several professional organizations and is a president of the Korea-America Finance Association. He received the Musser Award for Excellence in Research in 1998.

Current Recipient: M. Moshe Porat, PhD, CPCU

M. Moshe Porat has published several monographs and numerous articles on captives, self-insurance, and other financial and risk management topics in leading academic and professional journals. His work has garnered several awards, including the 1994 RIMS Best Research Award. He is a former chair of the Department of Risk Management and Insurance and a past holder of the Joseph E. Boettner Chair in Risk Management and Insurance. He has served as an expert consultant to the United Nations and affiliated governments in addition to public and private organizations throughout the world. Outside of academia, he has served as a deputy general manager of Ihud Insurance Group and as a director and board member of several public companies and non-profit organizations. Dean Porat has received many awards, including a 1998 Philadelphia Mayor’s Citation, 2001 “International Dean of the Year” by the Academy of International Business and 2002 Adam Smith Leadership Award for Excellence and Educational Leadership.

Current Recipient: Arvind Parkhe, PhD

Arvind Parkhe joined the Fox School in 2003, following 14 years of successful research and teaching at Indiana University (Bloomington). His research concerns the structuring and managing of strategic alliances among global networks, and he is widely published throughout his field’s top-tier. Professor Parkhe also serves on editorial board memberships for several scholarly journals, and is a guest editor for a special issue of the Academy of Management Review.

The Cyrus H.K. Curtis Professorship in Statistics

This endowed professorship, which recognizes excellence in research while honoring well-known Philadelphia publisher and philanthropist Cyrus H.K. Curtis, founder of the Curtis Publishing Co. As president of Curtis-Martin Newspapers, Curtis oversaw several nationally recognized publications, such as Ladies’ Home Journal and the New York Evening Post. In addition to publishing, Curtis held directorships at the First National Bank of Philadelphia and Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York. He was known for his charitable donations to medical, cultural and educational institutions, including Temple University.

Current Recipient: Sanat K Sarkar, PhD

Dr. Sanat Sarkar is a prolific author who serves on the editorial board for many academic journals. His research areas include multiple hypothesis testing---an area that has many applications in genomics---brain imaging and other major scientific areas. Dr. Sarkar is a distinguished fellow of the American Statistical Association as well as the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and he is an elected member of the International Statistical Institute.

The Elmer R. Deaver Professorship in Risk Management and Insurance

The Elmer R. Deaver Foundation established, in perpetuity, scholarships, awards and a professorship in the area of risk management and insurance. Deaver was a founder and CEO of Quaker City Life Insurance, an industrial insurance company that provided affordable idemnity policies for working people, particularly minorities. Reflecting his focus as a benefactor on helping those who had helped his company grow and prosper, the Deaver Foundation provides many need-based scholarships for students at Temple University and at colleges and universities throughout the Greater Philadelphia region.

Current Recipient: Mary Weiss, PhD

Mary Weiss is co-editor of the Risk Management and Insurance Review and associate editor of the Journal of Risk and Insurance. Noted for its empirical rigor, her prolific work focuses on insurance markets, insurance company operations and international insurance issues. From 2007- 2008, Dr. Weiss served as the president of the American Risk and Insurance Association (ARIA), and she is currently a member of the National Bureau of Economic Research and Risk Theory Society. Most recently, professor Weiss has received an award for outstanding research from the Casualty Actuarial Society.

The Charles E. Gilliland, Jr. Professorship in Marketing

This distinguished professorship honors Dr. Charles E. Gilliland, Jr., who served as dean of Temple’s School of Business Administration in 1960 and as a professor of finance from 1965-68. Dr. Gilliland played an important role in shaping both undergraduate and graduate programs in the school, particularly in research and communication, and was active in helping to create business administration programs in third-world countries. He also played a vital role in the development and building of Speakman Hall, which opened in 1966. Upon his resignation as dean, Dr. Gilliland participated in an educ

Current Recipient: Xueming Luo, PhD

Dr. Xueming Luo is the Charles E. Gilliland, Jr. Professor of Marketing, and the Founder and Director of the Global Center on Big Data in Mobile Analytics. He was ranked as the # 1 U.S.-based scholar contributing to the Journal of Marketing, a premier journal, from 2006-2012. He has also been ranked first in the world in terms of citations in top five marketing journals – Journal of Marketing Research, Marketing Science, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Consumer Research and Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science – from 2006-2010. He is one of the most prolific and influential experts in the marketing-finance interface in the world. His research explores mobile marketing, social media, marketing dynamic models, new technologies, social networks, virtual identity and customer satisfaction in cross-disciplinary domains.

The Stanley Merves Chair of Accounting and Information Technology

The Merves Chair in Accounting and Information Technology is endowed by alumnus Stanley Merves (BS ’51), CPA. Merves was founder and senior partner of Merves & Company. His successful business career has included positions at Price Waterhouse, the IRS, The Franklin Mint, and partnerships in several investment and technology firms. He has played leading roles in professional, civic and charitable associations, and his philanthropy extends well beyond the greater Philadelphia region. He is a member of the Temple University Accounting Alumni Hall of Fame and recipient of the 1999 Musser Award for Alumni Achievement. Mr. Merves received Temple University’s Conwell Society Award in 2002.

Current Recipient: Rajiv D. Banker, PhD

Author of two books and more than 100 research articles in top tier journals in three disciplines---Accounting, Management Information Systems and Management Science---Dr. Banker has made seminal contributions to accounting and management science literature. He enjoys a reputation as one of the most prolific and widely cited scholars in business, according to the Institute for Scientific Information. He has received grants from leading foundations, including the National Science Foundation, and has served as editor for many prestigious academic journals, including The Accounting Review and Management Science.

The Milton F. Stauffer Professorship in Information Technology and Strategy

This distinguished professorship honors Dr. Milton F. Stauffer, one of Temple University’s first business instructors and the man who, in 1918, would become founding dean of Temple’s School of Commerce – the predecessor to today’s Fox School of Business. University founder Russell Conwell described Stauffer as one of Temple’s strongest pillars, adding that “he is the counsel to the other heads of the university in every undertaking of importance … He is a man of strong intellect, clean mind; a man of firm decision; a man whose work for the institution has made it a safe institution.

Current Recipient: Paul Pavlou, PhD

In addition to this distinguished professorship, Paul Pavlou is also the Fox School’s Chief Research Officer and Associate Dean of Research, Doctoral Programs and Strategic Initiatives. Paul was recently ranked first worldwide for research publication in the two leading MIS journals (MISQ and ISR) from 2010-2012. His work has been cited over 10,000 times by Google Scholar and over 3,000 times by the Social Science Citation Index (SSCI) of the Institute of Scientific Information (ISI). Paul’s research focuses on e-commerce strategy, digital business strategy and development of research methods, and he is now a Senior Editor at MISQ and JAIS.

Read about Professor Pavlou's recent promotion in the Philadelphia Business Journal

The Dorothy S. Washburn Chair of Marketing and International Business

Established by AF Lieutenant Colonel and Fox School alumna (BS ’31, MBA ’50) Dorothy S. Washburn, the Washburn Chair in Marketing enhances the quality of teaching and scholarship at The Fox School. Her bequest evokes memories of a remarkable individual whose outstanding military service was matched by her civic leadership and volunteerism. She held management, logistics, and procurement positions in several branches of the military, receiving four outstanding service awards from the Army and five from the Air Force. She served her alma mater as a member of the Board of Managers of the Business School and the Board of the General Alumni Association.

Current Recipient: Masaaki Kotabe, PhD

Ranked by both the Journal of International Business Studies and the Journal of Teaching in International Business among the most productive international business researchers in the world, professor Kotabe has authored or co-authored ten books and over fifty articles in top-tier journals. He edits the Journal of International Management in addition to serving on editorial boards for the Journal(s) of Marketing, International Business Studies and others. He is a Fellow of the Academy of International Business, for which he has served as vice president, and an elected member of the New York Academy of Sciences.

The Seymour Wolfbein Professorship in Accounting

This endowed professorship in accounting honors former Fox School of Business Dean Seymour Wolfbein. During Wolfbein’s deanship from 1967-1979, he improved the research capacity of the school by establishing institutes for social insurance, social economics, urban studies, economic organizations and international development. The number of full-time, tenure-track faculty increased nearly fourfold under his leadership. Previously, Wolfbein served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Presidents Kennedy and Johnson and the Deputy Manpower Administrator for the U.S. Department of Labor.

Current Recipient: Lawrence Brown, PhD

Lawrence D. Brown joins the Fox School as the Seymour Wolfbein Professor of Accounting. In addition to his prolific publication history, Dr. Brown is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Conference on Financial Economics and Accounting and an editorial board member for Accounting Review. He joins Fox from Georgia State University, where he served as the J. Mack Robinson Distinguished Professor of Accountancy since 2001 and, before that, as the Controllers RoundTable Research Professor. His awards include two J. Mack Robinson College of Business Faculty Recognition Awards for Research, the 2004 Georgia State University Distinguished Alumni Professor Award, and the 2006 American Accounting Association Outstanding Accounting Educator Award. He earned his PhD in Business Economics, Finance and Accounting from the University of Rochester, an MBA from the University of Chicago in Economics, Finance and Quantitative Methods, and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Buffalo.

Research Newsletters


  • Paul Pavlou
    Associate Dean of Research, Doctoral Programs and Strategic Initiatives
  • Julie Fesenmaier
    Director of Research Administration and Strategic Initiatives