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 contribute 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!

January 2021

Dr. Steven Carnovale, program director of GSCM and TIME, spoke to Jesse Coburn from Newsday Media Group about the logistics of distributing a vaccine across the tri-state area.

Dr. Steven Carnovale has been named program director of global supply chain management (GSCM) and technology innovation management and entrepreneurship (TIME) as Zhi Tang prepares for his sabbatical.

December 2020

Professor Zhi Tang 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.

Dr. Muhammet Kesgin, associate professor of hospitality and tourism management, Dr. Raj Murthy, 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.

Dr. Steven Carnovale, 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.

Erhan Mergen, Ph.D. professor of decision sciences in the management department, received the Saunders College Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award.

Dr. Raj Murthy, 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.

Dr. Steven Carnovale, assistant professor of supply chain management, talked with 13WHAM and WXXI about the challenges associated with distributing a COVID-19 vaccine.

November 2020

Clyde Eirikur Hull, 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.”

Dr. Steven Carnovale, 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.

Dr. Steven Carnovale, 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.

Dr. Steven Carnovale, assistant professor of supply chain management, talked with 13WHAM about how retailers and suppliers have strengthened their supply chains over the past six months.  

Duygu Akdevelioglu, 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.

Dr. Steven Carnovale, assistant professor of supply chain management, talked with 13WHAM about longer wait times for appliance repairs during the pandemic.

October 2020

Dr. Archana Jain, associate professor of finance, appeared on BuyProperly’s Ask Us Anything series giving insight into women in finance and Saunders’ classes.

13WHAM spoke with Dr. Raj Murphy, marketing professor, about Amazon’s October Prime Day.

Duygu Akdevelioglu, assistant professor of marketing, presented at the Association for Consumer Research (ACR) 2020 Conference on October 3.

Roger O’Brien, President of O’Brien Associates and adjunct professor, is receiving an ICON Award from the Rochester Business Journal this December.

Dr. Steven Carnovale, assistant professor of supply chain management, spoke to 13WHAM about the effects of panic shopping on an already stressed supply chain.

September 2020

The BBC and Fast Company reference the work of Shal Khazanchi, associate professor of management about her research on work relationships, published in the Academy of Management.

Dr. Steven Carnovale, 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.

Shal Khazanchi, department chair and professor of management, shares insights on the future of the workplace in the Rochester Business Journal.

Steven Gold founded the educational simulation Beat the Market​​ that is being used in high schools and colleges across the country.

July 2020

Dr. Steven Carnovale, assistant professor of supply chain management, shared how consumer purchasing behavior drives supply chain planning and product availability with 13WHAM and WROC.

August 2020

John Ward, principal lecturer of management, was featured in The Wall Street Journal discussing the transformation of Kodak.

Bill Dresnack was named the vice president of the NYS Society of CPAs.

May 2020

Archana Jain and Kean Wu have been promoted to associate professors.

Michael Palanski and Hao Zhang join us as full-time professors.

Molly McGowan has been promoted to senior lecturer.

Manlu Liu has been officially recognized as an annual scholarship awardee.

Michael Palanski co-authored a paper that was recently named the Best Article of 2019 at the Journal of Management Education.

John Ettlie wrote a book titled Innovation Renaissance: Defining, Debunking, and Demystifying Creativity.

Hao Zhang, Zhijian Huang, Jennifer Matic, Jerri Hsieh, Manlu Liu have been awarded the Summer Research Grant with Student.

Steven Gold 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 EttlieAshok RobinSandy RothenbergJohn TuMichael PalanskiKarthik Namasivayam, Clyde HullZhi TangHao ZhangRichard DeMartinoShal Khazanchidt ogilvieNeil Hair, Stan Hoi and Vic Perotti. 

This year’s Zutes Fellows are Malar Hirudayaraj, Stan Hoi, Archana Jain, Manlu Liu, Kean Wu and Rong Yang.

Vicky Cottrell earned her EMBA, Molly McGowan and Michael Scrivens completed doctorates this year and Kenan Guler finished his PhD. All are being honored as life-long learners.

The SG Extra Mile Award went to Molly McGowan, 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.


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