New Faculty at Fisher College of Business
Fisher's faculty community grew by thirteen members in 2013. In addition to their academic achievements, they have offered to share a little bit about their lives and interests.
Scott Livengood, Management and Human Resources
R. Scott Livengood joins the Department of Management and Human Resources as an assistant professor. Livengood arrives from the Warrington College of Business Administration at the University of Florida, where he taught as an assistant professor of strategy and entrepreneurship in the college’s Department of Management. Livengood earned his PhD in strategic management from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. He received his MBA (finance, strategy, global management) and BS (accounting) from the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University.
Livengood’s industry experience includes four years as an external auditor in the Honolulu office of KPMG, where he earned his CPA license and achieved the title of Senior Auditor. He also worked for over a year in Corporate Finance/Corporate Audit for the Phoenix and Morristown offices of Honeywell International. Livengood’s research interests are in cognition, competition, entrepreneurship, and strategic management. His work has been published in The Academy of Management Review.
Livengood’s teaching interests include strategic management, entrepreneurship, and negotiations. At the University of Florida, he taught courses on new venture planning, business plan formation, and the art and science of negotiations. In 2008-2009, Livengood received the Krowe Award for Teaching Excellence from the University of Maryland, which is the top teaching award given to faculty in the business school. He also received the Allan Nash Outstanding Doctoral Student Award, given to the top doctoral student in all business programs. At the University of Florida, he was elected to a two-year term on the faculty senate. Livengood is also fluent in Japanese.
Q&A with Scott Livengood
Cynthia Turner, Accounting and MIS
Cynthia Turner joins the Department of Accounting and MIS as a senior lecturer. Turner comes from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She earned her PhD (accounting) and MAcc from Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University, and her BS (accounting) from North Carolina A&T State University.
Turner’s research interests are in financial accounting. Her work has been published in The International Journal of Accounting and The Journal of Accounting Research. She is also a co-author of the book Shapland and Turner Cases in Financial Accounting.
Turner has served as an ad-hoc reviewer for The Journal of Behavioral Research in Accounting and as a reviewer in the National Association of Black Accountants Faculty Program.
Turner’s teaching interests also focus on accounting. For five years, she was included each semester on the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 1998, Turner was also listed among the “20 Young Leaders of the Future, 30 and under” in Ebony magazine.
Q&A with Cynthia Turner
Tashlin Lakhani, Management and Human Resources
Tashlin Lakhani joins the Department of Management and Human Resources as an assistant professor. Lakhani comes to Fisher from the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, where she is earning her PhD in international and comparative labor and human resources. Lakhani also has an MS (industrial and labor relations) from Cornell University, a MIR from Queen's University, and an Honors BBA with high distinction from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Lakhani's research interests include strategic human resource management, international and comparative management, and the service sector.
Her dissertation was titled "Similar, but different? Ownership Form, Human Resource Management and Performance in Franchise Businesses.” Lakhani's work has been published in The British Journal of Industrial Relations and by Union Network International Global Union in Switzerland. She has also received many awards for her research, including a Social Sciences and Humanities Reseach Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship, a Society for Human Resource Management Dissertation Grant, and the R Samuel McLaughlin Fellowship from Queen's University.
Q&A with Tashlin Lakhani
Robert W. Smith, Marketing and Logistics
Robert W. Smith joins the Department of Marketing and Logistics as an assistant professor of marketing. Smith comes from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, where he recently earned his PhD in marketing. He also has a BBA in marketing from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.
Smith's research interests include unity, categorization, metacognitive influences, consumer judgment, and decision making. His dissertation is titled "All Together Now: How Perceptions of Unity Guide Consumer Judgments and Behavior."
His work has been published in The Journal of Consumer Research, The Journal of Consumer Psychology, and Consciousness and Cognition
Smith also received the Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship from the University of Michigan, one of the most prestigious awards a doctoral candidate can receive from the school. In 2011, he received the Best Paper Award at the Haring Doctoral Symposium at Indiana University.
Smith’s teaching interests focus on marketing and consumer behavior. At the University of Michigan, he taught a course on marketing management. He also served as a student advisor for the university’s Research Opportunity Program. He has worked as an advertising copywriter and in marketing for several nonprofits.
Q&A with Robert Smith
Tom Curley, Management Sciences
Tom Curley joins the Department of Management Sciences as a senior lecturer, where he teaches a class on energy. Curley's industry experiences include working for General Electric from 1979 to 1995, where he held 12 different roles—including in Corporate Business Development, Aircraft Engine Final Assembly, 7F/9F Industrial Gas Turbine Power Manager, and General Manager of Power Delivery—in seven different locations. Curley also worked for Caterpillar from 1995 to 1998, serving as general manager of CAT's Worldwide Hydraulic Business.
Between 1998 and 2000, Curley led a joint venture between Rolls-Royce and Cameron Provider Gas Turbine Power Systems for power generation and oil and gas applications. Curley worked for Rolls-Royce from 2000 to 2010, serving as president of the Rolls-Royce Energy Business.
Curley has also held various positions in private equity. He earned an associate degree (aeronautical engineering) from Daniel Webster College and a BS (industrial technology) from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.
Q&A with Tom Curley
Matt Sheridan, Finance
Matt Sheridan joins the Department of Finance as a senior lecturer. Sheridan has worked as a Fixed Income Consultant at Bloomberg L.P. for the past four years. He earned his MBA (finance) and BSBA (finance and marketing) from the Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico. Sheridan is also a Level 3 CFA candidate.
At Bloomberg, Sheridan consulted with clients at hedge funds, banks, insurance companies, endowments, and pension funds to leverage market data to make informed investment decisions.
Prior to working at Bloomberg, Sheridan was a Fixed Income Analyst and Portfolio Manager at The Cincinnati Insurance Company. Sheridan also conducted personal finance workshops for students at New York University.
Q&A with Matt Sheridan
Tatiana Vashchilko, Management and Human Resources
Tatiana Vashchilko joins the Department of Management and Human Resources as a visiting assistant professor. In the past two years, she has held a part-time teaching position at the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada; and part-time research associate positions at the Ivey Business School and Language and Information Technology Research Laboratory at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. In 2009-2010, she was a visiting instructor at the Department of Political Science at the University of Rochester. She earned her PhD (political science) and MA (economics) from the Pennsylvania State University.
Vashchilko’s research interests are multidisciplinary and emerge from her research experience in international business, political science, economics, and information science. Her main research centers on the implications of interstate relations for international business. Her work has appeared in The Academy of Management Conference Best Paper Proceedings, The Journal of International Business Studies, Political Science Quarterly, and The Proceedings of the Association for Computational Linguistics. She also served as an ad-hoc reviewer of International Interactions and Political Science Quarterly. Additionally, Vashchiko’s business teaching case, titled Coca-Cola: Back in Burma, was published this year. Vashchilko has taught courses on international business; business and government in a global environment; international political economy; non-state actors in world politics; and macroeconomic analysis and policy.
She has been selected as a finalist of the International Management Division Fundação Dom Cabral Best Paper in Strategy / International Business Theory Award, and nominated for the William H. Newman Dissertation Award at the 2013 Academy of Management Annual Meeting. She received multiple research and travel grants from the Pennsylvania State University and the University of Western Ontario. In 2007, she received an NSF-EITM fellowship to participate in the Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models Summer Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Q&A with Tatiana Vashchilko
Jeffrey Hoopes, Accounting and MIS
Jeffrey L. Hoopes joins the Department of Accounting and MIS as an assistant professor. He comes from the University of Michigan, where he earned his PhD in business administration. Hoopes also earned a MAcc (with a tax emphasis) and BS (accounting) from Brigham Young University.
His research interests are in corporate taxation and financial accounting. Hoopes is specifically interested in investigating how tax policy and enforcement affect financial accounting outcomes and decisions within firms. His work has been published in The Accounting Review and the National Tax Journal.
Hoopes previously taught introductory financial accounting classes. In 2012, he was awarded the Deloitte Foundation Fellowship, and was one of only ten recipients nationwide. Hoopes is a certified public accountant in the state of Colorado.
Q&A with Jeffrey Hoopes
Howard P. Zitsman, Finance
Howard P. Zitsman joins the Department of Finance as a senior lecturer. He spent the last three years serving as senior capital markets specialist at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in Washington, D.C. At the FDIC, Zitsman was a member of the Dodd-Frank implementation team within the Office of Complex Financial Institutions.
Zitsman was an adjunct professor of finance at The Ohio State University between 1991 and 1998. As an adjunct professor, Zitsman taught courses on the valuation of financial instruments, focusing on options, futures, debt, equity, and compound securities.
He earned his MBA (finance) from Ohio State and his BS (economics, psychology) from Macalester College. Zitsman completed doctoral work in finance and economics at New York University and Ohio State.
Zitsman is the co-founder of THG Corporate Finance, an investment banking firm based in Columbus, Ohio. He served as firm president from 1988 to 2006 and from 2009 to 2010. In this role, Zitsman was heavily involved in managing the investment bank as well as providing financial and valuation advice to many central Ohio companies. In addition to his work with THG Corporate Finance and the FDIC, Zitsman has also worked for several Wall Street firms, including Ladenburg Thalmann & Co., Drexel Burnham Lambert, and Lazard Freres & Co. On Wall Street, Zitsman specialized in financial institutions, and restructuring.
In his new senior lecturer position, Zitsman will teach courses in restructuring and on capstone case studies.
Q&A with Howard Zitsman
Bennett J. Tepper, Management and Human Resources
Bennett J. Tepper joins the Department of Management and Human Resources as a full professor. Tepper comes from the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University, where he was a professor of managerial sciences and held a Board of Advisors Professorship. Tepper earned his PhD (organizational psychology) and MS (organizational psychology) from the University of Miami and his BS (psychology) from The Ohio State University.
Tepper’s research interests focus on interpersonal work behavior and how it relates to performance.
His research has been published in The Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Journal of Management. Tepper is also an associate editor of The Academy of Management Journal. At Georgia State University, he taught courses on power in organizations, leadership and organization change, and organizational behavior. He is also a fellow of the Southern Management Association, American Psychological Association, and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.
Q&A with Bennett Tepper
David S. Veech, Management Sciences
David Veech is a senior lecturer in the Department of Management Sciences. Veech joined the university in 2013 after serving as executive director of the Institute for Lean Systems (ILS) for seven years, coaching and consulting with clients in a wide range of industries. His research focuses on people in organizations and how lean, leadership, and learning systems contribute to overall employee satisfaction and well-being. He delivers keynotes and seminars on topics related to leadership, problem solving, suggestion systems, employee involvement, team building, and creating satisfying workplaces.
Prior to starting ILS in 2006, Veech was a lecturer in the College of Engineering at the University of Kentucky. He joined the University of Kentucky after retiring from the US Army in 2001. He taught in the Defense Acquisition University from 1998 to 2001 and was assistant professor of military science at Stetson University from 1988 to 1991. He also serves as senior advisor and director of finance for the Compression Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to guiding learning organizations to dramatically reduce consumption of resources while maintaining or improving the quality of life of its people and its community.
Veech is the author of The C4 Process: Four Vital Steps to Better Work and FirstLine: A Team Leader’s Guide to Lean Thinking. He holds a BA (International Relations) from Western Kentucky University and an MS (industrial management) from Clemson University. He has completed doctoral work in psychology (educational, industrial/organizational) at the University of Kentucky and Capella University.
Michael Albert, Finance
Michael Albert joins the Department of Finance as a visiting assistant professor. He arrives from Duke University, where he earned his PhD in financial economics and MS (computer science) and a BS (mathematics, quantitative finance) from James Madison University.
Albert's research interests include corporate finance, executive compensation, firm governance, decision theory, and growth economics. His work has been published in The Journal of Financial Research.
Albert's teaching interests are also in corporate finance. At Duke, he assisted in courses on global financial management, global asset allocation, and corporate finance.
Q&A with Michael Albert
Jing Wang, Finance
Jing Wang joins the Department of Finance as a visiting assistant professor. Wang arrives from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University, where she received her PhD in finance. She earned her MS (finance) from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College and her BS (economics) from the School of Economics at Fudan University in Shanghai, China.
Wang’s research interests are in empirical corporate finance, financial contracting, and corporate governance. In 2011, Wang received the Robert W. Johnson Award for Distinguished Research Proposal from the Krannert School of Management.
At Purdue, Wang taught courses on financial management. In 2010, she was recognized with the Krannert Certificate for Distinguished Teaching.