Xun ZhongXun Zhong, PhD

Fordham Gabelli School of Business

Xun Zhong is currently an Assistant Professor of Finance at the Gabelli School of Business, Fordham University.
Her research interests lie in empirical asset pricing, machine learning analysis, and security analysts. Her dissertation paper
“Information Aggregation and P-hacking”, with Professor Oleg Rytchkov is forthcoming at the Management Science.

Alice (Won Kyung) Min, PhDAlice (Won Kyung) Min, PhD

Fordham Gabelli School of Business
Strategic Management

Won Kyung “Alice” Min obtained her PhD from Temple University. Her research interests include industry evolution, technology life cycles, and firm capabilities. Her dissertation examined the technology evolution during the pre-commercialization period of an emergent industry. She has an expertise in the LED technology and solid-state lighting industry. Min’s research interests include industry evolution, technology life cycles, nascent industry, and firm capabilities and search.

Scott Bruce, PhDScott Bruce, PhD

George Mason University

Congratulations! Mr. Scott Bruce, a PhD candidate of the Department of Statistical Science, will join as a tenure track Assistant Professor in the Department of Statistics at George Mason University, an R1 University with “Highest Research Activity”.

Scott joined the Statistics PhD program in 2013, and has been working under the direction of Dr. Cheng Yong Tang and Dr. Robert T. Krafty. His work on nonstationary time series has been published on top statistics journals.

Zeda Li, PhDMu-Zeda Li, PhD

Baruch College (CUNY)

Congratulations! Mr. Zeda Li, a PhD candidate of the Department of Statistical Science, will join as a tenure track Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Systems and Statistics of the Zicklin School of Business. Zeda entered Temple’s Statistics PhD program in 2013 and has been advised by Dr. William W.S. Wei and Dr. Robert T. Krafty. His primary work is on high-dimensional multivariate nonstationary time series analysis, and he has published in the Journal of the American Statistical Association, a top statistics journal.

Mu-Sheng Chang , PhDMu-Sheng Chang, PhD

California State University Northridge
Risk Management & Insurance

Dr. Mu-Sheng Chang received his Ph.D. in Risk, Insurance, and Healthcare Management from Temple University. He also holds an MBA in International Business from the University of Southern California and a B.S. in Business Administration from Tunghai University (Taiwan).

Dr. Chang’s research interests are in risk management and insurance, with an emphasis on how alternative risk transfer via self-insurance is employed to help corporations cope with workers’ compensation loss exposures. His research has appeared in the Journal of Insurance Regulation, Journal of Insurance Issues, and others. His teaching interests are in the areas of retirement planning, life and health insurance, and investments. Dr. Chang also serves as the assistant director of the Center for Risk and Insurance.

Marcelo Cano-Kollmann , PhDMarcelo Cano-Kollmann, PhD

Ohio University College of Business
International Business

Dr. Marcelo Cano-Kollmann earned his Ph.D. with a dual concentration in international business and strategic management, from the Fox School of Business at Temple University, in 2015. He also has an MBA from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an Accounting degree from University of Buenos Aires.

Dr. Cano-Kollmann is currently an Assistant Professor of Strategy and International Business at the Ohio University College of Business. OU is a research university and the oldest state university in Ohio. He also teaches as a visiting lecturer at Università Politecnica delle Marche (Ancona, Italia) and Universidad de San Andrés (Buenos Aires, Argentina).

While a Ph.D. student at Temple, he spent time as a visiting scholar at the Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. His research is interdisciplinary in nature, lying at the intersection of international business, economic geography and innovation. His papers have been published in Journal of International Business Studies, California Management Review, Journal of International Management, Industrial and Corporate Change, Multinational Business Review, and Competitiveness Review. His doctoral thesis was a finalist for the 2016 Buckley and Casson Dissertation Award of the Academy of International Business. Before joining academia, he worked for 15 years in different positions as an accountant and manager.

Soo Jung Han

Soo Jung Han’s research interests include leadership, trust development, organizational justice and
Person-Environment Fit. Soo Jung earned a B.S in Chemical & Bio-molecular engineering from KAIST in Korea and
holds a M.S in Business Administration from Seoul National University. She has a four and half years’ industry
experience. As an assistant manager, she was involved in overseas M& A projects, corporate valuation, and new
business development in a petrochemical company in Korea.

Sabrina Volpone , PhDSabrina Volpone, PhD

University of Colorado
Human Resource Management & Organizational Behavior

Dr. Sabrina D. Volpone is an assistant professor in the Organizational Leadership division at the University of Colorado’s Leeds School of Business. She earned her Ph.D. in Human Resource Management from the Fox School of Business at Temple University.

Dr. Volpone’s research focuses on diversity in organizations. Through examining the workplace experiences of traditionally under-represented employees, she explores how employees with stigmatized social identities – and the organizations they work for – can reduce negative outcomes related to stigma. She has work on the topics of diversity and identity published in the context of race, gender, disability, sexual orientation and immigrant status. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.

She presents her research at professional conferences, including the Academy of Management (AOM), the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), and the American Psychological Association (APA). Further, she has been a part of consulting teams for organizations such as ExxonMobil, Men’s Warehouse, and Saudi Aramco. Through these consulting experiences, she has contributed extensively to several job analysis projects and technical reports.

Wanli Zhao , PhDWanli Zhao, PhD

Renmin University of China in Beijing

Dr. Wanli Zhao, graduated from Fox School in 2007 with a PhD degree in international finance, is currently a professor of finance at Hanqing Advanced Institute of Economics and Finance at the Renmin University of China in Beijing. Before that, he was a tenured associate professor at Southern Illinois University and an assistant professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

His research focuses on corporate governance issues such as insider trading, ownership structure, financial reporting, disclosure, R&D and innovation, as well as political economy. His cross-disciplinary work appear in Journal of Finance, The Accounting Review, Management Science, Journal of Financial & Quantitative Analysis, Contemporary Accounting Research, and Journal of Law & Economics. His most recent research uses machine learning to explore various issues.

Xiaochen Zhou , PhDXiaochen Zhou, PhD

East Stroudsburg University
Tourism & Sport

Xiaochen Zhou, a Fox School of Business PhD candidate in the Tourism and Sport concentration, recently accepted a tenure-track faculty position at East Stroudsburg University. Zhou joined the Fox School of Business in the fall of 2014. During her time at Fox, she worked alongside her mentor Dr. Daniel C. Funk, who has given Zhou tremendous support in developing her research in sport user experience. Zhou’s research examines sport user experience at the intersection of the user, the usage-context, and the brand. She is particularly interested in the user experience with fitness products such as wearable fitness technology and active wear.

At East Stroudsburg University, Zhou will be teaching sport management courses in areas of sport psychology and sociology. She will also be a part of the team to pursue Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA) for the Sport Management Department.

Tom Adams, PhDTom Adams, PhD

University of Connecticut

Tom Adams, a Fox School of Business PhD candidate in the Accounting department, recently accepted a position at the University of Connecticut where he will be teaching Managerial Accounting. He is an ADS Program Scholar (funded by the AICPA).

Before joining Fox, Adams worked as an auditor and senior financial analyst in the Philadelphia area, which sparked an interest in learning more about audit research. After a positive experience at La Salle University as an undergraduate, Adams started at the Fox School of Business in the fall of 2011. He noted that the opportunity to work with his two dissertation co-chairs, Dr. Jagan Krishnan and Dr. Jayanthi Krishnan, compelled him to choose Temple to pursue his PhD, saying “if you are interested in audit research, there is no better place to learn about it than here at the Fox School of Business.”

Under their mentorship, Adams feels he has gained invaluable experience through both his research and rigorous coursework in the Fox PhD program. He speaks fondly of his collaborations with both faculty and students across departments. Of his co-chairs, he says, “they have invested so much time in mentoring me during my time at Fox and I feel confident that I am very well prepared to begin my career.”

Kartik GanjuKartik Ganju

McGill University
Management Information Systems

Kartik Ganju, a Fox School of Business PhD graduate in the Management Information Systems (MIS) concentration, recently accepted a tenure-track position at the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University, located in Montreal, Quebec. Ganju will continue pursuing his research and teach classes in Information Systems and Healthcare starting this fall.

Ganju joined the Fox School of Business in the fall of 2010 after moving to Philadelphia from India. His area of study was in the field of Information Systems, and his research specifically focused on the changes that the adoption of Electronic Medical Record systems have on hospitals. “Due to close connections between the school and a number of medical schools in the greater Philadelphia area, I was able to connect with healthcare professionals, brainstorm ideas for research projects, and present my findings,” Ganju says. This, in addition to the ability to work closely with an extremely diverse network of faculty, is what drove him to choose the Fox School’s PhD program over other schools.

Ganju graduated from the Fox PhD program in May. During his first two years at McGill, he will be teaching an introductory class in Information Systems, and move on to teaching classes on Healthcare, which aligns well with his own research interests.

Ryann Reynolds-Mcllnay, PhDRyann Reynolds-Mcllnay, PhD

Oregon State University
Marketing, 2016

Ryann Reynolds-McIlnay, PhD candidate in Marketing at the Fox School of Business, recently accepted a position to teach Marketing and Merchandising Management at Oregon State University, beginning in June 2016. The Merchandising Management program at OSU was recently integrated into the College of Business, and part of her service to the University will include providing insight to the redesign of the AACSB accredited curriculum.

During her time at the Fox School, she has focused the majority of her PhD research on consumer behavior, shopper marketing, and sensory marketing. Reynolds-McIlnay’s two-essay dissertation examines the impact of folded apparel display disarray and neatness on shopper’s in-store choice and approach behaviors. In a manuscript based on the first essay of her dissertation, which is in revision for second review at Journal of Marketing Research, she finds that product choice shifts away from the darker or lower brightness apparel products when they appear to have been previously touched, but not for the corresponding lighter or higher brightness products.

She chose to pursue her PhD at the Fox School due to its rigorous curriculum and goal of training quality researchers. She believes that the marketing faculty and Morrin have helped her immensely in terms of publications and preparing her for her future career at Oregon State. “As a mentor and research partner, Mimi trains her students to recognize novel and interesting research questions, how to conduct behavioral experiments, properly analyze the data, and communicate the findings in a way that is accessible to academics and practitioners,” Reynolds-McIlnday said. “She is truly vested in the success of each of her students and her mentorship has been paramount in my success at Fox.”

Michelle Andrews, PhDMichelle Andrews, PhD

Emory Unviersity
Marketing, 2015

Dr. Michelle Andrews, PhD ’15, graduated with a concentration in marketing and was an integral part of the research community during her time here at the Fox School of Business. She worked alongside her faculty mentor and dissertation chair, Dr. Xueming Luo of the Marketing department, in the Global Center for Big Data and Mobile Analytics, where she developed not only her research skills, but an interest in mobile ad effectiveness.

“Mobile phones are like our remote controls to everyday life,” said Andrews. “Investigating how people connect with others, consume content, and connect with marketers on their mobile phones intrigues me.” This led her to co-author a paper with Dr. Luo titled, “Using Mobile Technology to Crowdsense,” which won the Best Conference Paper Award at the 2014 American Marketing Association Summer Educator Conference. Together they discovered that people may be more responsive to mobile ads when in crowded situations, such as public transit commutes.

Andrews believes that the research expertise she gained through her courses and the faculty at Fox helped prepare her for her current position at Emory as well as for future success in her field.

“Fox was instrumental in providing knowledgeable faculty to help train me and my fellow colleagues, inviting guest speakers to come talk about their cutting-edge research with us, and funding travel to top conferences to present my work and interact with scholars in the community,” said Andrews.

Kevin HongKevin Hong, PhD

Arizona State University
Management Information Systems, 2014

I chose to pursue my PhD at Fox in order to work with my advisor, Dr. Paul A. Pavlou. I look up to him, as he is a well-established researcher in the field with a stellar reputation. He has encouraged and convinced me to come here and work with him. All of my experiences at Fox have been very positive. Dr. Pavlou is among the most professional people I’ve seen in my life. I learned so much from him. He cares a lot about my professional life, especially research, and he supports me in every way he can. It is lucky to be his first PhD student and work under his mentorship.

Mike ObalMike Obal, PhD

University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Marketing and Supply Chain Management, 2014

What I was looking for when I was considering PhD programs was a program that had a really strong reputation as far as research that the faculty members were doing, and the types of placements that PhD students were going to. I knew before I got to Fox that there were students who had come out of here and gone to places like the University of Pittsburgh, Villanova, Cornell, and that’s just within this department. I knew that if I could come here and do a good job, I would have a good chance of placing well. Temple was all of the things that I wanted.

Gordon Burtch, PhD

University of Minnesota
Management Information Systems – 2013

Gordon Burtch, of Pickering, Ontario, spent his time as a PhD candidate in the Fox School’s Management Information Systems (MIS) Department studying crowd-funded markets such as Indiegogo and Kickstarter under faculty advisor Sunil Wattal. His research had already landed him and two co-authors a partnership with Indiegogo to provide the firm with actionable insights.

Now, it’s also landed him a post-graduation placement as an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota, where he’ll start July 1, 2013. “It’s just a great place to start my career,” Burtch said. “The faculty in the Information Systems department there are an amazing set of people, at the top of their field.”

Read about Gordon’s research in PC World

Karen XieKaren Xie, PhD

University of Denver
Tourism and Hospitality Management – 2013

Karen Xie’s research investigates the areas of hospitality marketing and technology.

She was recently informed that this interdisciplinary research agenda has enabled her to teach and do research in both the hospitality school and the Department of Business Analytics at the Daniels College of Business. She is looking forward to that. Karen’s advisor is Dr. Chih-Chien Chen, Assistant Professor at the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management. Karen would like to thanks Dr. Chen’s great support and excellent mentoring during her study at the Fox School of Business. This make a three-year study a joyful and rewarding experience for Karen.

Suzanne Makarem, PhD

Virginia Commonwealth University
Marketing – 2010

Suzanne C. Makarem, PhD, is assistant professor of marketing at the School of Business of Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business. She joined the university in 2010, after earning her PhD in Marketing (Quantitative Track) from the Fox School of Business and Management at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Makarem received her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and her Master of Business Administration from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. While at Temple University, Suzanne received the John R. Washburn Award for Academic Excellence, Fox School of Business and Management, Temple University (May 2006); the 44th AMA-Sheth Foundation Doctoral Consortium Fellowship, Atlanta, Georgia (June 2009); and Honorable Mention for Excellence in Teaching by a Doctoral Student in the Business Administration Program, Fox School of Business and Management, Temple University (May 2010). Dr. Makarem’s teaching interests include consumer behavior and marketing research. Her research interests are focused on affect and emotions in consumer decision-making, specifically related to consumer behavior in the healthcare industry. She was recently the lead author of “Satisfaction in Technology-Enabled Service Encounters,” Journal of Services Marketing, 23(3), 134-144, which was named a Highly Commended Paper at the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2010. She is a member of the American Marketing Association, the Association for Consumer Research, and the Society for Consumer Psychology.

Yinghong ZhangYinghong Zhang, PhD

Lally School of Management, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Accounting – 2010

I always appreciate my time at the Fox school when I pursued my PhD in Accountancy degree there. The PhD program provides us many opportunities to cooperate with different faculty members for multiple research projects that can be turned into high quality academic publications. The faculty members are very supportive. They even guide us through the difficult job hunting process. Finally, research presentations offered by world-renowned scholars and frequent interactions among fellow PhD students allow us get familiar with cutting-edge research topics and keep enthusiasm for research and teaching.

Prof. John D'ArcyProf. John D’Arcy, PhD

Department of Management, University of Notre Dame
Management Information Systems- 2005

The Temple PhD in Business provided me with all of the tools necessary for a successful academic career. I had the opportunity to work hands-on with faculty experts in my field, while also gaining practical experience through involvement with industry-sponsored research projects. I am particularly thankful for the multi-method training I received, as this skill set has served me well in my research program, especially as I collaborate with faculty from around the world. I think the breadth of courses offered in the Temple PhD in Business – including both qualitative and quantitative research approaches – is a strength that sets the program apart from many others.

Prof. Robert J. KwortnikProf. Robert J. Kwortnik, PhD

School of Hotel Administration- Cornell University
Marketing- 2003

The faculty at Temple are outstanding mentors for emerging scholars who aspire to teach at top-ranked institutions and to do high-level research. I entered the academic job market confident that I was well trained to tackle challenging research questions and to publish in the best journals— to succeed as a scholar. But perhaps more importantly, I knew that my professors at Temple “had my back” and would continue to guide, teach, push, and support me as my career progressed, and this has proven to be true. A Temple Ph.D. is about more than the strong curriculum and learning support—it’s about relationships.

Prof. Terry Hyslop, PhDProf. Terry Hyslop, PhD

Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Duke University
Director, Duke Cancer Institute Biostatistics

Terry Hyslop, Fox PhD ’01, has been elected as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA), the world’s largest community of statisticians, with the number of Fellow recipients limited to no more than one-third of 1% of the ASA membership.

The ASA elects Fellows to the Association to recognize excellence in teaching, research, and service. Nominated by their peers, ASA Fellows are members of established character who have made outstanding contributions in some aspect of statistical work.

Hyslop attended the Fox School’s PhD Program in Statistics from 1995-2001, taking classes in the evenings while working full-time at Jefferson Hospital and raising a family. She notes that she was able to pull research ideas from her full-time work while concurrently completing the required coursework. This allowed her the flexibility to complete her thesis and have it approved a just a couple of months after completing her last course.

She credits the Statistics Department at Fox with laying the groundwork for all that she has done and her successful career, saying, “a colleague once told me that earning my PhD would provide me with the keys to understanding statistical literature, and he was right. All that I learned during my time at Fox prepared me, and continues to inform all that I do as a biostatistician today.”

Prof. Vikas MittalProf. Vikas Mittal, PhD

Jones Graduate School of Management, Rice University
Marketing- 1997

My experience at Temple was invaluable in preparing me for my career. The courses provided me a broad and historical overview of the marketing discipline, as opposed to a narrow slice of the discipline typical of many other doctoral programs. I also appreciated the nurturing environment and the ability to take important courses outside the business school.

Rinku Singh (top) and Dinesh Kumar Patel (left)

Ash Vasudevan, PhD – 1996

In 2007, Ash Vasudevan (PhD ’96), co-founded a nationwide talent search in India to find the next big-league-caliber baseball pitcher in a country where cricket dominates sports. It culminated in 18-year-olds Rinku Singh and Dinesh Kumar Patel—javelin throwers who disliked cricket and had never heard of baseball—becoming the first Indians to sign professional sports contracts in North America (both with the Pittsburgh Pirates). By now the story might sound familiar. Disney’s Million Dollar Armbased on the competition of the same name—premieres nationally May 16 with Vasudevan being played by Aasif Mandvi of The Daily with Jon Stewart.

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