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Jones Named Associate Dean for International Relations
Victoria JonesDr. Victoria Jones was named associate dean for international relations in the College of Business. The college’s International Relations Office supports international business programs, study abroad and exchange opportunities, as well as specialized international programs, activities and research.

Jones joined the college’s faculty in 2005 as director of the Business Studies for the Americas program and associate professor of marketing. Previously she had served as associate dean for international relations at Escola de Administração de Empresas da São Paulo de Fundação Getulio Vargas in Brazil.

As director of the Business Studies for the Americas program, Jones has developed innovative immersion and short-course programming that provides focus for the college’s Latin American initiatives. She also serves as the executive director for the Business Association
of Latin American Studies (BALAS), an international association of academics who focus on Latin America. As part of her appointment, UTSA is the executive headquarters of BALAS.
Jones’ research specialties include international marketing, international management and Latin American studies. She received her doctoral degree from Cornell University, a master’s from the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania and a double bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California.

College Names Two New Department Chairs
LJ ShrumThe College of Business named two new department chairs to lead the areas of marketing and management science and statistics. Dr. L. J. Shrum, professor of marketing, has been named chair of the Department of Marketing. Shrum joined the UTSA faculty in 2002 from Rutgers University.

During his tenure at UTSA, he established the college’s Marketing Behavioral Research Lab and was instrumental in coordinating the department’s new Ph.D. concentration in marketing.
Recently elected president of the Society of Consumer Psychology of the American Psychological Association, Shrum routinely publishes in the highest-ranking journals in consumer behavior, social psychology and communications. His research interests include cognitive processes underlying consumer judgments, particularly the role of media information in the construction of values, attitudes and beliefs. Other areas of research include the antecedents and consequences of materialism, psycholinguistics, impulsive consumption, and culture and its relation to consumer behavior.

Raydel TullousDr. Raydel Tullous, associate professor of management science, has been named chair of the Department of Management Science and Statistics. Tullous has been a member of the college’s faculty since 1982. She serves as the faculty adviser for the MBA Association.
Tullous’ applied research utilizes tools and techniques in management science to solve problems in a variety of fields, including supply chain management and small business and entrepreneurship. She holds a doctorate from the University of Santa Clara, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics and management science from Texas Christian University.

Department chairs are responsible for providing leadership to the department in the creation and implementation of its strategic academic mission, the mentoring of faculty and staff and creating external links to the community. Shrum and Tullous will serve three-year terms.

Kannan Named Fellow of the American Statistical Association
Nandini KannanDr. Nandini Kannan, professor of management science and statistics, was elected a fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA), the nation’s pre-eminent professional statistical society.

Kannan, one of 57 new fellows internationally, has been a champion for the statistics programs in the college through her administrative leadership, programmatic development and research accomplishments. She was instrumental in developing the college’s new Ph.D. program in applied statistics. And she has collaborated with researchers in applying statistical theory and methodology to solving real-world problems. Some of her major research has been in the area of altitude decompression sickness.

“The ASA fellows from academia, government and industry are outstanding individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to our profession in a variety of areas,” said Sally Morton, ASA president. “Their many achievements enhance our profession, and we are proud and pleased to recognize them as fellows.”

Individuals are nominated by fellow members and evaluated on their contributions to the advancement of statistics, publication records, job positions, activities within the association, membership and attainments in other societies, and other professional activities.

Eight Faculty Honored with Achievement Awards
Eight faculty members were honored for excellence in the areas of teaching, research and service during the College of Business Spring Awards Reception.

Dr. Dianna Stone, professor of management, received the E. Lou Curry Teaching Excellence Award. The college’s premier teaching award, the award is presented in memory of Lou Curry, a respected faculty member who passed away in 1995. A highly rated faculty member, Stone uses innovative teaching methods to enhance student learning in her classes. Her courses are rigorous, but she goes out of her way to work with students to ensure that they not only learn the concepts but can also apply them to a real-world setting.

In recognition of his teaching, Dr. Dennis Lopez, assistant professor of accounting, was named the recipient of the Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award for Tenure-Track Faculty. Lopez is the lead teacher for the Accounting Principles II class. He mentors the Ph.D. students who teach additional sections of this course and provides them with syllabi and common examinations. He coordinates the course to ensure that the same quality is provided across all sections. In addition, he piloted the department’s first course in Spanish as part of the college’s Bilingual Business Certificate program.

The Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award for Non-Tenure Track Faculty was presented to Ron Sweet, lecturer II in finance. Sweet has been a well-regarded teacher in the College of Business since 1997. He regularly teaches courses in security analysis, risk management, and life and health insurance finance. As a vice president of equity investments at USAA, he is able to bring real-world applications to the classroom to give students rigor with relevance in their academic preparation. Sweet was also named the recipient of the President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching Excellence.

In the area of research excellence, Dr. Hamid Beladi, professor of economics, was named the Col. Jean Piccione and Lt. Col. Philip Piccione Endowed Research Award recipient. Beladi has an unparalleled record of academic publication and service. He has published more than 140 papers in refereed journals with the focus of his scholarship in the fields of international economics and globalization. For the 2005–2008 period, he was the highest-ranked researcher in the College of Business. He edits two journals: The International Review of Economics and Finance and Frontiers of Economics and Globalization.

Dr. Allen Zhang, assistant professor of marketing, was the recipient of the Dean’s Research Excellence Award for Tenure-Track Faculty. Since coming to UTSA in 2004, he has compiled an outstanding research record that has resulted in five articles published in top-tier journals. Three were published in the Journal of Consumer Research, the top journal in marketing, and two were in a leading psychology journal. His research focuses on self-identity in consumer information processing and the impact of accountability on decision-making.

Dr. Marshall Pitman, associate professor of accounting, was the recipient of the Dean’s Excellence Award for Community Service. A
member of the UTSA faculty since 1984, Pitman is widely known at the local, state and national level as a leader in accounting education. He has contributed more than 400 hours annually to these causes. He has been active with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA). He serves as the president of the Educational Foundation for the TSCPA.

Highlighting the strategic importance of international issues, the college established the Dean’s Excellence Award for Advancing Globalization. This year’s recipient is Dr. Cheryl Linthicum, associate professor of accounting. Linthicum has led the charge to not only develop, but also implement the new International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) into the college’s accounting curriculum. She became involved with this effort while working as an Academic Fellow with the Securities and Exchange Commission. She helped formulate the U.S. adoption strategy for IFRS and was asked to serve an unprecedented second term.

Through these experiences, she has expanded her knowledge in international accounting and interacted with numerous international accounting firms. Linthicum is also the recipient of the President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Advancing Globalization.

Recognizing a career of service to UTSA, Dr. Nandini Kannan, professor of management science and statistics, received the Patrick J. Clynes Service Award. In addition, she also was named the recipient of the college’s Endowed 1969 Commemorative Faculty Award for Overall Faculty Excellence. This award honors a faculty member for accomplishments in teaching, research and service.

Working with a team of faculty from across the university, her proposal was selected as the university proposal to transform student learning as part of the SACS accreditation reaffirmation. At the college level, Kannan was instrumental in developing the Ph.D. program in applied statistics as well as the master’s degree in applied statistics and the undergraduate actuarial science degree. She has maintained an impressive research record and has published more than 30 articles in refereed journals. Two articles appeared in top journals in 2008, and five articles were published in 2007. She embodies the true spirit of a faculty member through her incredible body of work as a teacher and researcher.

Five New Faculty Join College
Five new tenure-track faculty members have joined the College of Business. Dr. Carlos Jimenez-Angueira, assistant professor of accounting, received his Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Florida. His research interests are corporate income taxes and corporate governance.

Joining the Department of Economics is Dr. Long Liu, assistant professor of economics. He holds a doctorate in economics from Syracuse University, and his research interests include econometrics, labor economics and applied microeconomics.

Two new assistant professors joined the Department of Information Systems and Technology Management. Dr. Nicole Beebe received her doctorate from UTSA. She specializes in digital forensics, information security and data mining. Receiving his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Charles Liu specializes in the areas of technology adoption and diffusion, standards competition in information technology markets, e-commerce and telecommunications.

Dr. David Han, assistant professor of management science and statistics, joins the Department of Management Science and Statistics from McMaster University in Canada. His research interests include reliability theory and statistical inference, accelerated life testing, competing risk analysis and analysis of censored data.

Dr. Dana Forgione, the Janey S. Briscoe Endowed Chair in the Business of Health, was awarded the 2008 Outstanding Research Paper Award by the American Accounting Association, Government and Nonprofit Section.

Dr. Lalatendu Misra, U.S. Global Investors Inc. Fellow in Finance and chairman of the Department of Finance, was elected president of the Southwestern Finance Association.

Dr. Marshall Pitman, associate professor of accounting, was elected secretary of the Texas Society of CPAs. He also was named the Kenneth W. Hurst Fellow by the Texas Society of CPAs Accounting Education Foundation, and he received the Meritorious Service Award from the Texas Society of CPAs.

Dr. Eugene Stone-Romero, professor of management, was presented with the Distinguished Career Award in the Research Methods Division of the Academy of Management. This award recognizes a career of outstanding research in research methods.

Dr. John Wald, associate professor of finance, received the best paper award in international finance at the Financial Association Meeting for “Political Rights and the Cost of Debt.”

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