Syracuse University’s Whitman School Welcomes New Faculty

Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management (Whitman School) has added three faculty members to its team for the 2019-20 academic year.

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Michael Chin

Michael Chin is a tenure-track assistant professor of accounting. Prior to joining Syracuse University, Chin was an assistant professor of accounting and information systems at Rutgers University where he taught auditing and financial statement analysis. His research centers on the determinants and economic consequences of financial reporting and disclosure in capital markets, with a particular focus on the role of information intermediaries, such as credit rating agencies and auditors. Chin holds a CPA license from the State of Arizona. He earned a Ph.D. in accounting from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. in accounting from the University of Virginia, and a B.S. in finance and management information systems from the University of Arizona.

david lucas
david lucas

David Lucas joins the entrepreneurship faculty as an assistant professor of entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises. He previously was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Institute for an Entrepreneurial Society (IES) after serving as a visiting Ph.D. student in the IES. Lucas studies the political and social conditions in which entrepreneurs can thrive, as well as the complexities of the environment, particularly how the public policies of national and state governments interact to influence entrepreneurs’ ability to create jobs. He earned master’s and doctorate degrees in economics from George Mason University’s School of Business.

fasheng xu
Fasheng Xu

Fasheng Xu joins the Whitman School as a tenure-track assistant professor of supply chain management. He will teach classes in supply chain management. Prior to joining Syracuse University, Xu was a research fellow of the Boeing Center for Supply Chain Innovation at Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis; and an adjunct faculty member at Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business, Saint Louis University. His research interests lie at the interface of operations, finance and economics. Much of his current research is focused on studying the emerging operations issues under financial frictions, in the contexts of supply chain finance, crowdfunding platform and blockchain technology; and identifying the implications for individuals and businesses. Moreover, Xu is interested in issues broadly arising in information economics, social and economic networks, and the design and operations of online marketplaces and platforms. He received a B.S. in industrial engineering and operations research from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and a Ph.D. in operations management from Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis.

Faculty Promotions

In addition, four current faculty members were promoted to full professor – Pamela Brandes, Erasmo Giambona, Padmal Vitharana and David Weinbaum – and Todd Moss was promoted to associate professor with tenure, as well as department chair for entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises.

About the Whitman School

The Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University inspires students for a world of accelerating change. Offering B.S., MBA, M.S. and Ph.D. programs, all accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Whitman School’s faculty includes internationally known scholars and researchers, as well as successful entrepreneurs and business leaders. Whitman continues to be ranked among the nation’s top business schools by U.S. News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek. To learn more about the Whitman School of Management, visit

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is an independent research university that advances knowledge across disciplines to drive breakthrough discoveries and breakout leadership. Our 13 schools and colleges and over 200 majors close the gap between education and action, so graduates are equipped to be resourceful, responsive and real-world ready. In and beyond the classroom, we connect people, perspectives and practices to solve interconnected issues with innovative approaches. Together, we’re a powerful community of game changers that moves ideas, individuals and impact forward.