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.
This distinguished professorship honors Charles E. Beury, who served as president of Temple University from 1926-1941 and on Temple’s Board of Trustees prior to his appointment. Nicknamed “Beury the Builder,” his presidency coincided with an explosion of building projects that physically expanded Temple’s campus as well as a business-minded approach that sought greater efficiency and organization within Temple University. For Beury’s efforts, Temple University impressively grew in students, faculty, accredited programs, and state funding by the time he stepped down as president.
Current Recipient: In-Sue Oh, PhD
Dr. In-Sue Oh is the Charles E. Beury Professor of Human Resource Management. He joined the Fox School faculty in 2012, and has served as a Paul Anderson Senior Research Fellow since 2015.
Dr. Oh’s research interests include personnel selection constructs and methods, strategic human resource management and human capital resources, and person-organization relationships. He has published more than 20 scholarly articles in top-tier journals, and serves on the editorial review boards of the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, and Journal of Organizational Behavior.
Dr. Oh won multiple scholarly awards including the two most prestigious early-to-mid career awards in the field of organizational behavior and human resource management: the 2014 Early Career Achievement Award from the Academy of Management’s HR Division and the 2016 Distinguished Early Career Contributions Award from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP).
Dr. Oh received his PhD in Human Resource Management from the University of Iowa. He earned both Master of Arts and Bachelor of Business Administration degrees in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, from South Korea’s SungKyunKwan University.
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. 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.
This distinguished professorship honors Dr. Harry A. Cochran, the second dean of Temple’s School of Commerce – the predecessor to today’s Fox School of Business. Under Cochran’s leadership, the School offered its first graduate program in 1937, its first Master’s program in 1939, and earned its initial accreditation through AACSB, a high distinction of achievement held by fewer than 5 percent of business schools worldwide. Cochran, who served as dean from 1934 to 1960, laid the research foundation upon which the School is built, and helped develop a learning-by-doing curriculum to which Fox still adheres today.
Current Recipient: Martin Grace, PhD
Dr. Martin F. Grace joins the Fox School as the Harry A. Cochran Professor of Risk Management and Insurance.
Most recently, Dr. Grace was a Regents’ Professor, held a named professorship, and served as the interim chair of Georgia State University’s Risk Management and Insurance department. He is the former president of the Risk Theory Society, and serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Risk and Insurance.
His research interests include tort reform, catastrophe financing, and industrial organization, regulation, and taxation of the insurance industry. Over his career, he has published more than 70 professional and scholarly research papers and book chapters, and has consulted with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, various state regulators, and industry associations. He has also testified before the U.S. Congress on the future of insurance regulation as part of the Dodd-Frank Act.
Dr. Grace earned his PhD in Economics from the University of Florida, where he also attained his JD and his Master of Arts degree in Economics. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of New Hampshire.
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 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.
This distinguished chair honors Jerome Fox, a World War II veteran, a certified public accountant and the founder of the former Philadelphia accounting firm Gelrod Fox & Company. Established by Saul A. Fox in his father’s memory, this chair is to be held by high-level practitioners of accounting, taxation, and financial strategy, who hold the same zeal for these areas of academic focus as Fox did.
Current Recipient: David E. Jones, DM
Dr. David E. Jones is the Jerome Fox Chair in Accounting, Taxation, and Financial Strategy at the Fox School of Business. With more than 35 years of public accounting experience, Dr. Jones has worked with Ernst & Young LLP as a tax partner in Atlanta, Orlando, Indianapolis, and Cleveland. He became the U.S. National Tax Leader and Global CEO of the GEMS (Global Mobility) Tax Practice at Ernst & Young. He has significant Big Four managerial leadership experience in the U.S. and global tax practices at Ernst & Young. Jones has served large SEC tax clients, individuals with high net worth, and entrepreneurial ventures. Dr. Jones, has presented at regional or national conferences, conducts behavioral research on tax professionals, and legal tax research, especially in international and domestic tax topics. His research explores issues that impact taxpayers and tax professionals as well as tax policy matters of importance. He has published in academic and practice oriented journals. Dr. Jones holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Auburn University, a Master of Taxation degree from Georgia State University, and a Doctor of Management degree from Case Western Reserve University.
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 stepping down as Dean, Dr. Gilliland participated in an educational project in Pakistan sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development.
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.
This distinguished professorship honors Robert L. Johnson, president of Temple University from 1941-1959. Originally known for co-founding Time magazine, where he acted as vice-president and advertising director, Johnson saw Temple University through the tumult of World War II. With the help of his leadership, business acumen, and personable character, Temple University became a staple of the Philadelphia community. Johnson personally championed research funding efforts for the faculty and made it his mission to connect with students on an individual basis.
Current Recipient: Joydeep Srivastava, PhD
Dr. Joydeep Srivastava is the Robert L. Johnson Professor of Marketing. He joined the Fox School in 2017 from the University of Maryland, where he had served as the Ralph J. Tyser Professor of Marketing and Consumer Psychology.
Dr. Srivastava’s research interests include managerial and consumer decision-making. He examines issues in bargaining and auctions, strategy variables such as warranties and price-matching guarantees, and the psychology of money. His recent work examined bargaining in marketing distribution channels, consumer reactions to partitioned prices, people’s valuation of products in foreign currencies, and people’s spending and saving decisions as a function of payment mode and denomination of money.
He serves on the editorial review boards of the Journal of Consumer Psychology and the Journal of Consumer Research.
He earned a PhD in Business Administration from the University of Arizona, Tucson, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geosciences from Presidency College, University of Calcutta, in India.
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.
This distinguished professorship honors Frank M. Speakman, instructor of insurance and business economics at Temple University, from 1913-1916. A well-known and well-respected certified public accountant and consulting actuary, Mr. Speakman bequeathed a significant portion of his estate to Temple upon hearing former University president Robert Johnson’s speech, titled, “The Case for Temple University,” in the hope of assisting the University expand its reach in the North Philadelphia community. The generosity of this Philadelphia businessman–for whom the former home to Temple’s School of Business Administration is named–underlined a lifetime and a legacy of service.
Current Recipient: Shreeram “Ram” Mudambi, PhD
Ram Mudambi is Professor and Perelman Senior Research Fellow at the Fox School of Business, Temple University. Previously he served on the faculties of Case Western Reserve University, the University of Reading (UK) and the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. He is a Fellow of the Academy of International Business. He is a visiting Professor at Henley Business School, University of Reading, an Honorary Professor at the Center of International Business, University of Leeds (CIBUL) and a member of advisory council of the University of Bradford Centre in International Business (BCIB). He has served as a Visiting Professor at a number of universities including Bocconi (Italy), Uppsala (Sweden), Sydney (Australia) and Copenhagen Business School (Denmark). He holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and a Ph.D. from Cornell University.
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.
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.
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.