The PhD Project is a diversity effort that was founded in 1994 by KPMG.  The mission of this project is to increase diversity in American businesses by increasing the diversity of business school faculty. The PhD Project connects African-American, Hispanic-American, and Native American professionals with PhD programs in business and provides a system of networking and peer support.  The following graduates participated in the PhD Project, and either earned their PhD at The Ohio State University, are PhD Project graduates currently on the faculty at Fisher College of Business, or both.  Read more about the PhD Project.

Fisher College of Business Graduates of the PhD Project

Dr. Boyce Watkins received his PhD in Finance from the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University.  He is now a member of the Finance faculty and a Scholar in Residence in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Syracuse University.  Dr. Watkins has become a nationally recognized advocate and expert on issues relating to race and society.  In addition to teaching and publishing articles and books on finance-related topics, he is a regular interviewee on CNN and other media outlets.  He is also the author of several books, including “What if George Bush were a Black Man?” “Financial Lovemaking 101: Merging Assets with Your Partner in Ways that Feel Good,” “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about College,” and “Black American Money: How Black Power Can Thrive in a Capitalist Society.”

Dr. Angela Tidwell received her B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Florida A&M University, MBA from Washington University, and PhD in Supply Chain Management from Fisher College of Business.  She is currently an Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management at Florida A&M University.

Dr. Angelisa Gillyard received her B.S. in Mathematics from Spelman College, MBA from Georgia Tech, and PhD from Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University.  Her research centers on supply chain, logistics and manufacturing strategies.  She has published articles on supplier relationships in the supply chain and the career patterns of women in logistics.  Dr. Gillyard joined Howard University in 2009 as an Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management.  Prior to going to Howard University she held faculty positions at the University of Maryland and George Mason University, and worked for NASA, FedEx, and Alltell Information Services. Now, she is a director/choreographer for numerous theater companies and venues and a freelance photographer throughout the Washington D.C. Metro Area.

Dr. Yancy Edwards received his PhD in Business Administration from Fisher College of Business.  His research involves building models that are more insightful and predictive of consumer behavior.  Professor Yancy Edwards is currently an Associate Professor of Marketing at Sogang University in South Korea.  Prior to going to Sogang University, he worked at the University of South Florida and Saint Leo University.

Dr. Patrick Jeffers received his M.S. in Transportation Planning and Engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York University, MBA from Baruch College, CUNY, and PhD in Management Information Systems from Fisher College of Business.  He is currently a Business Analytics Program Advisor for Manhattan College.  Professor Jeffers’ research examines the role of information systems in supply chain and logistics.

Fisher College of Business Faculty that are Graduates of the PhD Project

Dr. James Hill received his B.A. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Dayton, his MBA from Case Western Reserve University and his PhD from Fisher College of Business.  Professor Hill joined the Fisher faculty in 2004, after teaching graduate courses at the Owen graduate school of Management at Vanderbilt University. Currently an Associate Professor of Management Sciences, he teaches the core MBA course in Operations Management at Fisher and courses in Operations Planning and Control and Supply Chain Management.  Professor Hill’s research is primarily in Operations Planning and Control, specializing in improving efficiency in process industry environments and behavioral contracts within supply chains.  He has extensive work experience with Pepsi Co. as a production manager and supplier development manager.

Dr. Tracy Dumas received her B.S. in Human Development and Social Policy from Northwestern University, M.S. in Industrial Relations from Loyola University of Chicago, and PhD in Organization and Management from Northwestern University.  She currently is an Assistant Professor of Management and Human Resources at the Fisher College of Business.  Dumas’ research addresses the interface between employees’ personal and professional lives with a focus on understanding how management practices can help employees to excel at work while also engaging meaningfully in their communities.  Prior to entering academia, Dumas managed client projects for a Chicago-based consulting and research firm specializing in work force issues.

Dr. Shannon Harris received her B.S. in Systems Engineering from George Mason University and her PhD in Business Analytics and Operations from The University of Pittsburgh. She is currently an assistant professor of Operations Management at Fisher College of Business. She is interested in research topics in data analytics with a focus on health care applications. Prior to entering academia, Shannon worked as a management consultant at a Big Four firm, and as a cost analyst for a Department of Defense contractor.