Visiting Dean's Distinguished Faculty Speakers

The Dean's Distinguished Speaker Series invites leading faculty experts to speak at Saunders College of Business to discuss and advance the research topics in their fields. Attendance is reserved for faculty and graduate students only. Inquiries should be sent by email to Archana Jain (ajain@saunders.rit.edu).

Please see below for a list of upcoming and past visiting professors. Each contains a link to the event details for more information on the speakers and their research interests.

Previous Visiting Distinguished Speakers

Provost Professor and Chair of the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management
University of Massachusetts – Amherst | Isenberg School of Management

TITLE: Quality of life research in tourism

ABSTRACT: Over the past 20 years or so we have seen much more research being conducted in tourism and quality of life, and this area of research has blossomed to the point that it is now well-recognized to be an important subject matter in the tourism-hospitality discipline. The scope and range of issues suggest that the topic of wellbeing, quality of life research in tourism is multidimensional, highly complex, and poses challenges and new opportunities for academics and practitioners. One of the areas that needs further discussion and research is the nexus of quality of life research and measurement. The presentation is intended to explore the nature of the measurement issues and alternative outcome variables from both demand and supply perspectives.

Professor of Marketing
Erasmus University Rotterdam | Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)

TITLE: The Psychology of Human Replacement

SUMMARY: Rapid advances in robotics and artificial intelligence are transforming the economy, enabling the development of many new products and services and triggering a new wave of automation in organizational and production processes. Dr. Puntoni will review a research program investigating our relationship with technology in the dawning age of smart machines. Making examples from a series of working papers and recently published articles, Dr. Puntoni will explore how consumers react to, and think about, autonomous machines and their replacement of human labor.

Nathaniel D' 1906 and Martha E. Leverone Memorial Professor of Business Administration 
Dartmouth | Tuck School of Business

J. B. Fuqua Professor
Duke University | The Fuqua School of Business

Topic: Private Equity and Financial Stability: Evidence from Failed-Bank Resolution in the Crisis

Director and C. Herman and Mary Virginia Terry Distinguished Chair of Business 
University of Georgia | J.M. Tull School of Accounting 

Presidential Professor of Strategic Management; Lassonde Chair of Social Entrepreneurship; Editor-in-Chief, the Academy of Management Review
Department of Entrepreneurship & Strategy | University of Utah David Eccles School of Business

(Sponsored by RIT Advance Connect)

Associate Professor of Finance, Cornell’s SC Johnson College of Business, Hotel Administration

Finance and Accounting Researcher

TOPIC: Attention Effects in a High-frequency World

(Sponsored by RIT Advance Correct)

Executive Director for Positive Marketing at Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business; Author of “The Language of Branding: Theories, Strategies and Tactics;" Editorial Review Board Member, Journal of Business Research and International Marketing Review; Board of Directors Member, ANA Educational Foundation

TOPIC: From the Language of Branding to the Value of Brands

Professor of Marketing
Director of Doctoral Programmes (EBS/SoSS)
Dean of Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences
School of Social Sciences (SoSS), Heriot-Watt University

TOPIC: Application of mixed-methods and scale development in interdisciplinary studies

Professor of Information Technology, Analytics, and Operations
Mendoza College of Business, Notre Dame

TOPIC: Too Good to Be True: Firm Social Performance and the Risk of Data Breach

Professor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management
W. P. Carey Supply Chain Management, Arizona State University

TOPIC: Research-related fundraising opportunities for faculty and important unanswered research questions in supply chain management.

Professor & Merves Senior Research Fellow, Accounting
Fox School of Business at Temple

TOPIC: The Benefits of Being Friends with the Boss.

Professor of Marketing New York University Stern School of Business

TOPIC: Visual Information Processing.

Edward Pettinella Professor of Finance at Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University

TOPIC: Market Microstructure: Do Buy-Side Institutions Supply Liquidity in Bond Markets? Evidence from Mutual Funds

Full Professor at the D'Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University

TOPIC: Is corporate insider power always bad and corporate social responsibility always good? The interplay between takeover defenses and CSR under different institutional configurations.
Visit the event listing for more details on the event and the speaker. 

Professor and Faculty Director of the Masters of Science in Finance at Babson College

TOPIC: Climate Finance: Using an option pricing approach to evaluate strategic decisions in a rapidly changing climate: Black-Scholes and climate change

Associate Professor and Chairperson for Marketing Department at Carroll School of Management, Boston College

TOPIC: Media Multitasking and Visual Processing

Dean at University of Albany, School of Business

TOPIC: Assessing the Impact of Organizational Impact on Academic Entrepreneurship