Saunders Faculty and Staff Go Above and Beyond
The hard work and dedication of the Saunders College of Business faculty is what gives us an edge over the rest and contributes to what many consider a small college feel at a large technology university. We would like to recognize some of our faculty’s recent accomplishments and congratulate them on a job well done! In addition to all the great accomplishments listed here, our faculty are also cited frequently on the media. Visit our Media Coverage page to see.
A $250,000 grant from the U.S. State Department will fund a program led by Clyde Hull, Ph.D., professor of management, and Eric Williams, Ph.D., professor of sustainability to help entrepreneurs in Jordan form circular economy businesses.
Muhammet Kesign, Ph.D., associate professor of hospitality and tourism management, Richard Lagiewski, assistant professor of hospitality and tourism management, Jerrie Hsieh, associate professor of hospitality and tourism management, and hospitality students participated and volunteered at the Rochester Hotel Association’s fundraiser for its scholarships for RIT and MCC hospitality students.
Saunders College of Business Dean Jacqueline Mozrall was featured in Rochester Business Journal's Power 30 Higher Education, along with RIT President David Munson, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Ellen Granberg, Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences Dean Anne Haake, and NTID President and RIT Vice President and Dean Gerard Buckley.
Muhammet Kesgin, Ph.D., associate professor of hospitality and tourism management, accompanied by student volunteers, participated in the Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition & Conference (HITEC)
Muhammet Kesgin, Ph.D., associate professor of hospitality and tourism management, was a keynote speaker on a Domestic Tourism Panel at the 21st National and 5th International Tourism Congress.
Logistics data research, in-part collected by Steven Carnovale, Ph.D., program director and assistant professor of supply chain management, for the Logistic Managers’ Index, was featured in a Bloomberg article covering an ongoing tactical shift towards the automation of global supply lines.
Jesse Redlo, adjunct faculty for marketing, has had three academic articles accepted for publication between three major academic publishing houses: AIJR Proceedings, Routledge Taylor and Francis Group, and IGI Global.
Jesse Redlo, adjunct faculty for marketing, worked with Alec Waight-Morabito ’22 (business administration) to publish a chapter in “The Proper Role of Higher Education in a Democratic Society,” published by IGI Global. Their chapter is titled, “Student Activism via Shared Governance in Higher Education.”
Peter Rosenthal, senior associate director of student services, has been promoted to director of student services.
Congratulations to the seven new faculty and staff members who have joined the Saunders team:
- Anthony Fitzsimmons, assistant director of advancement – Dean’s office
- Laharish Guntuka, assistant professor of supply chain management – Management
- Gijs Overgoor, assistant professor of marketing – MIS, marketing, and digital business
- Lia Schapero, marketing and promotions coordinator – Saunders marketing and communication
- Ali Tosyali, assistant professor of management information systems – MIS, marketing, and digital business
- Krista Vardabash, business development manager – Saunders executive education
- Martha Whalen, adjunct professor of management – Management
Kenan Guler, assistant professor of management, was featured in a Rochester Democrat and Chronicle article about the expansion of the Rochester-local company, Royal Car Wash. Professor Guler provided expertise on how Royal has managed to grow in such a mature business sector.
Steven Carnovale, Ph.D., program director and assistant professor of supply chain management, was featured in a 13WHAM article about heightened prices on back-to-school merchandise. Professor Carnovale provided expertise on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the U.S. supply chain.
Torrence Sparkman, Ph.D., associate professor of human resource development, has been appointed as RIT’s interim AALANA Faculty Associate for the fall 2021 semester. Professor Sparkman will serve in this role until Professor Mindy Magyar returns from sabbatical in the spring.
Jerrie Hseih, Ph.D., associate professor of hospitality and tourism management, co-produced a research project with Madeline Reim ’22 (hospitality and tourism management) about the return of customers to restaurant dining following the COVID-19 pandemic. Hseih and Reim will present their findings during RIT’s Undergraduate Research Symposium.
Michael Palanski, Ph.D., professor of management, wrote an article for LinkedIn Pulse about how Simone Bile’s withdrawal from the 2020 Olympics reflects key leadership traits. Professor Palanski’s article was co-written by Olympian, Iris Zimmermann.
Steven Carnovale, Ph.D., program director and assistant professor of supply chain management, was featured in an article for RochesterFirst. Professor Carnovale spoke on the recent shortage of packing foam and how its rate of replenishment is affected by consumer actions.
Susan Burgholzer, administrative coordinator of the Saunders Dean's Office, is moving on to a new chapter in her career after three years of service at Saunders. We give our sincere thanks for her distinguished performance and for bringing her energy and spirit to RIT.
Research in workplace communication and status conducted by Kristin Bain, Ph.D., assistant professor of management, and three other professors from the universities of Hawaii at Mānoa, Kansas, and Utah, was featured in Forbes. Professor Bain and her colleagues discovered that endorsing the ideas of others in a corporate setting can aid the career trajectories of both the endorsed and the endorser.
Muhammet Kesgin, Ph.D., associate professor of hospitality and tourism management, gave two presentations: One at the third International Management Congress covering the principles behind effective design for industries involved in family vacations; Another at the Intellectual Property and Tourism: The Contribution of Local Products with Geographic Indication on Tourism and Destination Branding Panel covering the idea of marketing local food as territorial gastro-tourism products.
Steven Carnovale, Ph.D., program director and assistant professor of supply chain management, & Brendan Green MS ’22 (supply chain management) are working with University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) on managing their personal protection equipment (PPE) supply chain. Read about Carnovale’s teaching style and Green’s supply chain challenges on page 4 of the RIT University Magazine.
Clyde Hull, Ph.D., professor of management, was interviewed by Zippia about the future of jobs in architecture. Read expert opinions on how to succeed in the modern architectural workforce in Zippia's online article.
Molly McGowan, Ph.D., director of the Leadership Academy at Saunders, led two students from her Biz 1+2 class to research, design, and prototype a promising invention: “B Straws.” Read about these banana-pulp straws and their inventors in our Global Blog.
John Ward, principal lecturer of management, aided three students in his Biz 1+2 class in developing “EZ Waste,” a compact garbage bag dispenser. Read more about EZ Waste and its inventors in our Global Blog.
Steven Carnovale, Ph.D., program director and assistant professor of supply chain management, spoke with Armando Cavanha of PUC Rio about how to deal with supply chain disruptions in the pandemic. Watch Carnovale and Cavanha’s talk for more details on global supply problems on LinkedIn.
Six Saunders professors have been awarded Student Research Grants for 2021:
- Malar Hirudayaraj, Ph.D. – “Performance Management Systems in the Public Sector: A Comprehensive Analysis across Five Southeast Asian Countries”
- Jerrie Hsieh, Ph.D. – “Consumers’ Restaurant Visit Intention During the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Mediating Effects of Brand, Government and Social Trust”
- Manlu Liu, Ph.D. – “Examining Discretionary Dissemination on Twitter from Audit Professionals”
- Mike Palanski, Ph.D. – “Application of Family Systems Theory to Leader Development in Tech Startups”
- Ke-an Wu, Ph.D. – “The Impact of COVID-19 on Business and Disclosure on Multi-National Corporations”
- Hao Zhang, Ph.D. – “Exploring Effects of Culture Factors, Regulations, & Financial Market Participants”
Seven Saunders professors have been awarded several Special Grants for notable academic projects:
- Emi Moriuchi, Ph.D. – Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award
- Research and lecture at one of Japan’s Keio University, as a part of a project on the “impact of multiculturalism on consumer behaviors.”
- Jeff Davis & Dean Jacquie Mozrall, Ph.D. – NYESD Incentive Grant
- “Development and implementation of Life Sciences EMBA”
- Duygu Akdevelioglu, Ph.D. & Joy Olabisi, Ph.D. – Advance Connect Award
- “Networking Networks: Building Foundations of Social Networks Theory and Analysis Hub at RIT”
- Shal Khazanachi, Ph.D. & Zhi Tang, Ph.D. – SRS Boot Camp Award
Bob Barbato, Gilmar De Paula, and Kimberly Grant are retiring from Saunders College of Business. Barbato is retiring after 42 years of service as a Professor of Management. De Paula is retiring after 17 years, most recently serving as a lab technician, and Grant is retiring after 15 years, most recently serving as a Senior Staff Assistant.
Dana Pelliccia, senior staff assistant of the Saunders Dean’s Office, has received the Outstanding Staff award for 2021. This award is presented to a Saunders College of Business faculty or staff member for his/her dedication to the College's mission and vision.
Several Saunders professors and lecturers have been promoted for their exceptional work and conduct:
Promoted to Senior Lecturer
- Philip Gelsomino, senior lecturer of accounting
- Lorraine Hems, senior lecturer of hospitality and tourism management
- Shawn Sturgeon, Ph.D., senior lecturer of management
Tenured and Promoted to Associate Professor
- Quang "Neo" Bui, Ph.D., associate professor of management information systems
- Zhijian "James" Huang, Ph.D., associate professor of finance
Promoted to Professor
- Sean Hansen, Ph.D., professor of management and information systems
- Manlu Liu, Ph.D., professor of management information systems
Professors Clyde Hull, Ph.D. and Ezekiel Leo, Ph.D. led three top-ranking student teams during the 2020/2021 Capsim Capstone simulation. Read our Global Blog for more details on how these 12 students ranked in the top 1% in this international competition.
Research conducted by Steven Carnovale, Ph.D., program director and assistant professor of supply chain management, was featured in the Wall Street Journal. Professor Carnovale conducted research on the future of the US lumber market in conjunction with the Logistics Managers' Index (LMI).
Five Saunders professors have received Distinguished Professorships. These professors demonstrate professionalism, groundbreaking scholarship, exceptional instruction, and the breadth and significance of service contributions:
- Hao Zhang, Ph.D., professor of finance
- Zhi Tang, Ph.D., professor of international business
- Rong Yang, Ph.D., professor of accounting
- Victor Perotti, Ph.D., Benjamin Forman professor for collaborative research
- Rajendran Murthy, Ph.D., J. Warren McClure professor of marketing
Suzanne McCaffrey, visiting lecturer of accounting, has been awarded the Accounting Advisory Board’s Outstanding Faculty award for 2021.
Archana Jain, Ph.D., associate professor of finance, was featured in Forbes Magazine for her research on high frequency trading and how it helps stabilize the stock market. Professor Jain’s research has now gone further than academia; directly influencing decisions made by professional and retail traders.
Victor Perotti, Ph.D., Benjamin Forman professor for collaborative research, and his class were featured in a Rochester Business Journal article. Their facilitation of a partnership between RIT and the Jewish Senior Life center was done to encourage the elderly to embrace technology to improve their lives. The partnership also makes way for research stipends and resources for participating students.
Muhammet Kesgin, Ph.D., associate professor of hospitality and tourism management, hosted a presentation on “Destination partnerships and product development” for local authorities and stakeholders in Zonguldak, Turkey. This was Professor Kesgin’s second presentation to be organized by Zonguldak’s Bulent Ecevit University.
Eight Saunders professors have been chosen as Zutes Faculty Fellows for the 20201 – 2022 school year. The Zutes Faculty Fellowship was enacted to recognize excellence in scholarship among Saunders faculty members. These professors were chosen for their high research productivity over the past three years:
- Quang Bui, Ph.D., associate professor of management information systems
- Malarvizhi Hirudayaraj, Ph.D., associate professor of human resource development
- Chun-Keung Hoi, Ph.D., professor of finance
- Zhijian Huang, Ph.D., associate professor of finance
- Clyde Hull, Ph.D., professor of management
- Archana Jain, Ph.D., associate professor of finance
- Manlu Liu, Ph.D., associate professor of management information systems
- Ke-an Wu, Ph.D., associate professor of accounting
Zhijian Huang, Ph.D., professor of finance, and Quang Bui Ph.D., professor of management information systems, have been promoted to Associate Professor. With this promotion, both of them are now tenured professors.
Emi Moriuchi, Ph.D., assistant professor of marketing, led her marketing class in assembling and distributing 100 personal hygiene kits to the Willow Domestic Violence shelter. This was an exercise demonstrating how to market a product while promoting a social cause. Read more about the project on 13WHAM and see behind the scenes photos on RIT News.
Joy Olabisi, Ph.D., assistant professor of management, and Duygu Akdevelioglu, Ph.D., assistant professor of marketing, have been chosen as recipients for RIT’s 2020 Connect Grant. The Connect Grant allows female faculty to reach their full potential through project and research funding. Olabisi and Akdevelioglu will use the grant to fund their next project: Networking Networks: Building the Foundations of a Social Networks Theory and Analysis Hub at RIT.
Steven Carnovale, Ph.D., program director and assistant professor of supply chain management, was interviewed by WROC about the future economic impact of the recent Suez Canal blockage. Read what Dr. Carnovale had to say on this worldwide issue via RochesterFirst.com.
Muhammet Kesgin, Ph.D., associate professor in hospitality and tourism management, spoke at Kapadokya University’s Sustainable Gastronomy Workshop. Professor Kesgin presented on the food and beverage value chain and their effects on gastronomy.
Sean Hansen, Ph.D., department chair of management information systems, Marketing and Digital Business, has been chosen as the faculty pick for the 2020-21 Norman A. Miles Award. He was chosen by Dominick Crisci ’21 (management information systems), who was the student recipient of the award. This award is given to the senior with the highest grade point average across all majors. That student then selects the faculty member who contributed most to their success at RIT. The student gets a full scholarship towards their last year of tuition, while the faculty member gets funding for academic activities and supplies.
Victor Perotti, Ph.D., Benjamin Forman professor for collaborative research, established a partnership between RIT and the Jewish Senior Life center. This partnership allows RIT students to provide technical and computer support to Jewish Senior Life residents. RIT’s partnership with Jewish Senior Life residents was covered in further detail by 13WHAM.
Shalini "Shal" Khazanchi, Ph.D., department chair and professor of management at Saunders, was featured as a "difference maker" in an interview for RIT's celebration of Women's History Month. Dr. Khazanchi has worked at RIT for over 15 years and has been published in many academic journals, including the Academy of Management Journal and the Journal of Applied Psychology.
dt ogilvie, Ph.D., professor of business strategy and founder of the Center for Urban Entrepreneurship, received a $15,000 grant from the National League of Cities and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The funds will be used to implement a FastTrac program to train aspiring BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), minority, and female entrepreneurs.
Torrence Sparkman, Ph.D., associate professor at Saunders’ Department of International Hospitality and Service Innovation, was featured as a “difference maker” in an interview for RIT’s celebration of Black Heritage Month. Sparkman has been teaching at RIT for over six years and is an active member of three separate committees between Saunders and RIT.
Peggy Tirrell, senior associate director of graduate business programs and admissions, was nominated for the RIT Presidential Award for Outstanding Staff. Tirrell has had a long and meritorious career at Saunders that spans over 40 years.
Janette Frank, operations coordinator for the Saunders Dean’s Office, was nominated for the RIT Presidential Award for Outstanding Staff. Between her time in alumni relations and operations coordination, Frank has been working at RIT for over 11 years.
Lisa Boice, assistant dean of student services, was nominated for the RIT Presidential Award for Outstanding Staff. Boice has had a well-established career in university administration, working for RIT, Southampton College, and Long Island University throughout her life.
Linda Chamot, scheduling officer for Saunders, was nominated for the RIT Presidential Award for Outstanding Staff. Chamot has served Saunders for over 20 years, overseeing class scheduling and facilities logistics.
John Tu, Ph.D. and Manlu Liu, Ph.D. were part of a team that helped partner Saunders College of Business and Beacon Education to deliver our online MS Business Analytics to cohorts of business professionals in China starting March 2021.
Clyde Hull, Ph.D., Stephen Luxmore, Ph.D., and Ezekiel Leo, Ph.D., lead the CAPSIM Capstone Business Simulation (MGMT-560). Last semester, Professor Hull’s students, Kyle Tanzi '21 (Supply Chain Management), Peter Jarvis '21 (Supply Chain Management), Lukas Wiedemann (Management Information Systems), and Lauryn Mattoon (Marketing), finished in the Top 1%!
Bob Barbato, Ph.D., professor of management, has been cited 1,000 times, according to Google Scholar. Professor Barbato has joined the running list of Saunders faculty with this achievement; John Ettlie, Ph.D., Ashok Robin, Ph.D., Sandy Rothenberg, Ph.D., John Tu, Ph.D., Michael Palanski, Ph.D., Karthik Namasivayam, Ph.D., Clyde Hull, Ph.D., Zhi Tang, Ph.D., Hao Zhang, Ph.D., Richard DeMartino, Ph.D., Shal Khazanchi, Ph.D., dt ogilvie, Ph.D., Neil Hair, Ph.D., Stan Hoi, Ph.D., Victor Perotti, Ph.D., and Steven Gold, Ph.D..
Steven Carnovale, Ph.D., program director of GSCM and TIME, spoke with Malcolm Wheatley, Ph.D. about procurement in Engaging the External Workforce: Procurement’s Role in Unlocking Value.
Steven Carnovale, Ph.D., has been named program director of Global Supply Chain Management (GSCM) and Technology Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship (TIME) as Zhi Tang, Ph.D., prepares for his sabbatical.
Zhi Tang, Ph.D., professor of international business, invited colleagues from RIT China, RIT Croatia, and RIT Dubai into the virtual classroom as guest lecturers for the global business environment courses taught at each global campus. This combination of resources allowed students in Rochester, China, Croatia, and Dubai to learn first-hand from international experts.
Muhammet Kesgin, Ph.D., associate professor of hospitality and tourism management, Raj Murthy, Ph.D., J. Warren McClure research professor of marketing, and Linden Pohland, CHIA ’18 (Hospitality and Tourism Management) co-authored “Residents as destination advocates: the role of attraction familiarity on destination image.” This article was selected as a Highly Commended Paper in the 2020 Emerald Literati Awards.
Steven Carnovale, Ph.D., assistant professor of supply chain management, is a member of the nationally-recognized Logistics Managers' Index. The team's November research appeared in CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly, stating, November's LMI growth was slightly down from the previous month. Transportation and warehousing capacities are at a record-low.
Peggy Tirrell, senior associate director of graduate business programs and admissions, was named to the 2020-2021 board of directors for the Western New York/Northwest Pennsylvania Chapter of the Fulbright Association.
Raj Murthy, Ph.D., J. Warren McClure research professor of marketing, talks about cord-cutting with CNY Central. Dr. Murthy discusses how cutting the cord is an economically viable decision, but there are some negatives.
Clyde Hull, Ph.D., professor of management, was quoted in a recent article from Zippia to help aspiring graduates start their careers. In “Experts Weigh in on Current Job Market Trends,” Hull mentioned those with “polished interpersonal skills are going to stand out more.”
Steven Carnovale, Ph.D., assistant professor of supply chain management, was mentioned in JBL Parent Account’s “Price is what you pay; value is what you get: Unintended Consequences of Price Concessions and Buyer-Supplier Relationships.” Dr. Carnovale, John W. Henke Jr. and Sengun Yeniyurt of Rutgers University, and Scott DuHadway of Portland State University published “Unintended Consequences: How Suppliers Compensate for Price Concessions and the Role of Organizational Justice in Buyer‐Supplier Relations” in March 2019.
Carol Whitlock, Ph.D., retired from Saunders College of Business after 47+ years. During the Cocktails & Celebrations – A Hospitality & Tourism Management Program Happy Hour, attendees shared words of thanks to Carol for her service to RIT. For additional retirements, visit our newsletter.
Steven Carnovale, Ph.D., assistant professor of supply chain management, is a member of the nationally-recognized Logistics Managers’ Index (LMI) research team created to "identify trends and developments in the logistics industry over time,” according to the LMI website. The LMI team comprises experts from Arizona State University, Colorado State, RIT, Rutgers University, the University of Nevada, Reno and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). The October reading reported that the LMI is at 71.6, the highest score the index has reached since June 2018. This growth is due to reports of “increased levels of inventory, contracting capacity, and increased levels of both utilization and price.”
Fran Domoy, past director of the international hospitality & service innovation department, returned to being a farmer. Since then, he has shipped grain to RIT Croatia’s students in the event management course to develop Brewerit, a beer brand conceptualized by students coming in November 2020.
Duygu Akdevelioglu, Ph.D., assistant professor of marketing, has been gathering data on brand engagement in the wearable technology space for more than four years to help companies maximize brand engagement and enhance interaction.
Steven Carnovale, Ph.D., assistant professor of supply chain management, is part of the team that created the Logistics Managers’ Index (LMI) to identify trends and developments in the industry over time. Their work was recently covered in DC Velocity, FreightWaves, Marketplace, Supply & Demand Chain Executive, Supply Chain Dive and Transport Topics.
George Alley, former department chair of the food, hotel and tourism management program at Saunders, reflected on his time as past president of Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education (CHRIE) for the 75th anniversary.
Molly McGowan, Ph.D., has been promoted to senior lecturer.
Manlu Liu, Ph.D., has been officially recognized as an annual scholarship awardee.
Michael Palanski, Ph.D., co-authored a paper that was recently named the Best Article of 2019 at the Journal of Management Education.
John Ettlie, Ph.D., wrote a book titled Innovation Renaissance: Defining, Debunking, and Demystifying Creativity.
Steven Gold, Ph.D., exceeded 1,000 citations on Google Scholar. Steven joins a growing group of SCB faculty who have been cited more than 1,000 times, according to Google Scholar: John Ettlie, Ph.D., Ashok Robin, Ph.D., Sandy Rothenberg, Ph.D., John Tu, Ph.D., Michael Palanski, Ph.D., Karthik Namasivayam, Ph.D., Clyde Hull, Ph.D., Zhi Tang, Ph.D., Hao Zhang, Ph.D., Richard DeMartino, Ph.D., Shal Khazanchi, Ph.D., dt ogilvie, Ph.D., Neil Hair, Ph.D., Stan Hoi, Ph.D., Victor Perotti, Ph.D..
The SG Extra Mile Award went to Molly McGowan, Ph.D., who was recognized by the RIT student government.
The SCB Outstanding Staff Award went to Holly Yates.
This is only a small summary of the accomplishments of Saunders faculty and staff, all of whom go out of their way to make a difference for every member of Saunders College of Business. Thank you for your persistence and desire to grow.