Georgetown University McDonough School of Business Announces 13 New Faculty Appointments

May 20, 2009

Washington, D.C. -- George G. Daly, dean of Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business, announced 13 new full-time faculty appointments today. These professors will begin teaching at the school in August.

"I am pleased we can add so many outstanding faculty to our roster," said Daly. "This is the largest influx of such scholars during my time at the school. These appointments also coincide with the opening of our new building this fall, which will enhance learning and interaction between our students and faculty."

Among the 13 new hires are two professors of the practice: Bill Novelli, former CEO of AARP and co-founder of the global public relations firm Porter Novelli, and Mary "Meg" VanDeWeghe, former senior vice president for finance at Lockheed Martin. Additionally, Michael Fitzgerald and Charles Skuba, both currently adjunct professors, will become professors of the practice.

The remaining 11 new faculty include: William Baber in accounting; Bumjean Sohn and Phillip Swagel in finance; Michael O'Leary and Chris Long in management; Kurt Carlson in marketing; Volodymyr Babich and Victor Jose in operations and information management; and Daniel Baer, Jacob Gramlich, and David Tan in strategy. The school also hired Jie Yang as a research associate who will teach one finance class.

William Baber, professor of accounting, has more than 25 years of experience teaching both financial and managerial accounting, most recently at The George Washington University. Prior to entering academics, he worked as an auditor and a consultant with Arthur Young and Company, now Ernst and Young. Baber received a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, and a B.S. from Bucknell University. His research, which focuses on accounting and public policy issues, has been published in a number of academic journals.

Daniel Baer, assistant professor of strategy, was a visiting assistant professor at the McDonough School of Business during the past academic year and served as a faculty fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics at Harvard University from 2007 to 2008. He also has worked at The Boston Consulting Group, where he was promoted from consultant to project leader. Baer holds doctoral and master's degrees in international relations from Oxford University, as well as an A.B. in social studies and African American studies from Harvard University.

Volodymyr O. Babich, assistant professor of operations and information management, has served as an assistant professor of industrial and operations engineering at the University of Michigan since 2003. He holds a Ph.D. in operations research and M.S. degrees in management science and mathematics, all from Case Western Reserve University, as well as a B.S. in applied mathematics from Kiev Polytechnic Institute. He has served as a logistics engineer at Penske Logistics, database developer and programmer at Case Western Reserve, and a programmer at OMETA Insurance Company and at the Data Processing Center of Systems Engineering Association, both in Kiev. Babich's research focuses on the interface between operations and finance, supply risk management, supply chain management, stochastic modeling, real options, and risk management.

Kurt Carlson, assistant professor of marketing, most recently served in that same position at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and conducted research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Center for Dairy Research and Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board. Carlson earned a Ph.D. in management science from Cornell University, and both an M.Sc. in agricultural and applied economics and a B.Sc. in agricultural economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research interests include emerging or tentative preferences, consumer choice processes, biased predecisional processing, decision objectives, methods for measuring goals, and consumer predictions of future behavior.

Jacob Gramlich, assistant professor of strategy, has taught at Yale University on the topics of game theory, econometrics, microeconomics, and econometrics and data analysis. He will receive a Ph.D. in economics this year from Yale University, where he also earned an M.Phil. and M.A. in economics. He received a B.A. in mathematics and economics from the University of Virginia.

Victor Jose, assistant professor of operations and information management, will receive a Ph.D. in business administration from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business in 2009. He also earned graduate units in applied mathematics at the University of the Philippines -- Diliman and B.S. degrees in mathematics and management engineering at Ateneo de Manila University, also in the Philippines. He has taught courses at Duke University and Ateneo de Manila University, and his research interests include decision analysis and probabilistic modeling.

Chris Long, assistant professor of management, comes from Washington University in St. Louis, where he was an assistant professor of organizational behavior. He also has held an academic appointment at Duke University. Long studies leaders, specifically how they create environments that foster high levels of performance, satisfaction, and commitment for individuals, as well as how they balance their efforts to promote organizational trust, fairness, and control. He holds a Ph.D. in management from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, an MPP from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a B.A. in political science from the University of Connecticut.

William D. Novelli, distinguished professor of the practice, will lead the school in developing courses and programs in nonprofit management, social responsibility, and social marketing. For the past eight years, Novelli served as CEO of AARP, and he previously served as co-founder and president of the public relations agency Porter Novelli, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, and executive vice president of CARE. He also taught marketing management for 10 years in the University of Maryland's MBA program. He currently is teaching a course on social responsibility at Georgetown's McDonough School of Business with professor Alan Andreasen. Novelli holds both an M.A. and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. He pursued doctoral studies at New York University.

Michael O'Leary, assistant professor of management, has served as an assistant professor of organization studies at Boston College's Carroll School of Management since 2002. He also has worked as a consultant and research and policy analyst. He holds a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management and a B.A. in public policy from Duke University. His research focuses on the implications of geographic dispersion, new technologies, and changing team membership dynamics.

Bumjean Sohn, assistant professor of finance, has taught courses on corporate finance and fixed income capital markets at the undergraduate and graduate levels while pursuing his master's and doctoral degrees. He also has worked at Samsung Securities Co. Ltd. and was a private in the Republic of Korea Army. His research interests are empirical asset pricing, financial economics, and financial econometrics. He will receive a Ph.D. this year from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He holds an M.Sc. in financial mathematics from Stanford University, an M.Sc. in econometrics and mathematical economics from the London School of Economics, and a B.S. in engineering from Seoul National University.

Former Treasury Department Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy Phillip L. Swagel will serve as visiting professor and Director of the Center for Financial Institutions, Policy, and Governance. Before working at the Treasury Department, Swagel was a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, chief of staff at the White House Council of Economic Advisors, and an economist at the Federal Reserve Board and the International Monetary Fund. He also taught courses on macroeconomics and international economics at Northwestern University and most recently on money and banking at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Swagel received a bachelor's degree in economics from Princeton University, and master's and doctoral degrees in economics from Harvard University.

David Tan, assistant professor of strategy, currently holds a B.S. in business administration from Creighton University and will receive a Ph.D. in organization and management from Emory University's Goizueta Business School this year. His research focuses on the intersection of organization theory and strategy, with an emphasis on how processes of differentiation shape patterns of competition. He also has taught a course on the economic sociology of emerging technology at Emory University.

Mary "Meg" VanDeWeghe, professor of the practice in finance, is the former senior vice president for finance at Lockheed Martin and chairman of the board of Lockheed Martin investment Management Company. She also has served as CEO and president of Forte Consulting Inc., and she began her career at J.P. Morgan and Company in 1983, rising to the position of managing director reporting to the chairman's office. VanDeWeghe also spent a decade as executive in residence and finance professor at the University of Maryland's Smith School of Business, teaching graduate-level courses in investment management, equity analysis, corporate finance, and entrepreneurship. She received an MBA in finance from Dartmouth College's Amos Tuck School of Business and a B.A. in economics from Smith College.

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