New Faculty Members Join the Whitman School

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Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management has added seven faculty members to its team for the 2017-18 academic year.

Joel Carnevale is assistant professor of management, who will teach management and organizational behavior courses. His research interests include employee ethicality and prosocial behavior, including within a leadership context. He also researches neuroimaging technology (e.g. fMRI) as it applies to ethical decision-making and prosocial behavior. He earned a B.S. in economics and MBA from Radford University in Radford, Virginia, and a Ph.D. in management, focused on organizational studies, strategy and change from the Raymond J. Harbert College of Business at Auburn University.

Rong Li is assistant professor of supply chain management who will teach Supply Chain Finance and Management Science. With research interests focused on the interface of finance, operations and risk management, her educational background includes significant experience in engineering and mathematics. She earned a B.S. in mathematics from Nankai University in Tianjin, P.R. China, a certificate in applied management principles from the Krannert Graduate School of Management at Purdue University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in industrial engineering, also from Purdue University.

Cameron Miller is assistant professor of management, who will teach strategy courses. His research interests include technology strategy and innovation, competitive strategy and evolutionary economics. Prior to earning his Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, Professor Miller workd for Standard & Poor’s in New York City, as a director in the global fixed income research department. He also was a senior analyst for The Modeling Group, LLC, in Stamford, Connecticut, and held various positions in finance, operations and research for investment and consulting firms. He earned a B.S. in business administration from Duquesne University, an M.A. in economics from the University at Albany, State University of New York.

David Park is assistant professor of entrepreneurship whose research interests center on strategy and entrepreneurship, as well as new venture finance. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Seoul and master of science degree in international business from the College of Business Administration at Seoul National University in Korea, as well as a Ph.D. in strategy and entrepreneurship from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. He will teach Introduction to Entrepreneurship.

Fatma Sonmez-Leopold is an assistant teaching professor of finance. She earned a B.S. in mathematics from Hacettepe University in Ankara-Turkey and two M.Sc. degrees in Mathematics and Engineering Management/Industrial Engineering from Middle East Technical University in Ankara-Turkey.  With a Ph.D. in finance from the University of Toronto, she most recently was an assistant professor of finance at the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Her teaching and research interests include empirical asset pricing, investments, corporate finance, behavioral finance and household finance. She will teach investment, fixed income and introductory finance courses.

Guiyang Xiong is assistant professor of marketing. He comes to the Whitman School from the University of Georgia where he has served as assistant professor of marketing since 2010. His research interests include advertising, new product innovation and management, marketing’s impact on shareholder value, social media and word-of-mouth, social networks and empirical modeling. He earned his bachelor of business administration from Fudan University and a Ph.D. in business from Emory University. He will teach the introductory course in marketing.

Liangbin Yang is assistant professor of marketing whose research interests include group decisions and social influence, online and digital marketing. Her methodologies include applied econometrics and machine learning. She earned bachelor of science degrees in information management and systems and e-business, as well as an M.S. in information science from Peking University in Beijing, China. Professor Yang also earned master of science degrees in statistics, measurement, assessment and research technology, as well as marketing, plus a Ph.D. in marketing, from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. She will teach introductory marketing courses.

In addition, two current faculty members were promoted. David C. Nichols was promoted to the rank of associate professor of accounting and granted a continuous appointment with tenure at Syracuse University. Scott Fay was promoted to the rank of professor of marketing at Syracuse University.

Kerri Howell

Kerri is director of communications and media relations for the Whitman School. She is responsible for managing all internal and external communications with students, faculty, staff, alumni, members of the business community and other key stakeholders.After receiving her B.A. from State University of New York at Geneseo, she went on to earn her M.S. in communications management from Syracuse’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, where she has served as an adjunct professor in the public relations department since 2004.
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