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!
Dr. Joy Olabisi, Assistant Professor of Management, and Dr. Duygu Akdevelioglu, 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.
Dr. Steven Carnovale, 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.
Dr. Muhammet Kesgin, Associate Professor in Hospitality and Tourism Management, spoke at Kapadokya University’s Sustainable Gastronomy Workshop. Dr. Kesgin presented on the food and beverage value chain and their effects on gastronomy.
Dr. Sean Hansen, 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.
Dr. Victor Perotti, 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.
Dr. Shalini "Shal" Khazanchi, 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.
Dr. dt ogilvie, 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, 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.
Dr. John Tu and Dr. Manlu Liu 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.
Professor Clyde Hull, Dr. Stephen Luxmore, and Zeke Leo lead the CAPSIM Capstone Business Simulation (MGMT-560). Last semester, Professor Hull’s students Kyle Tanzi (supply chain management), Peter Jarvis (supply chain management), Lukas Wiedemann (management information systems), and Lauryn Mattoon (marketing) finished in the Top 1%!
Bob Barbato has been cited 1,000 times, according to Google Scholar. Bob has joined the running list of Saunders faculty with this achievement; John Ettlie, Ashok Robin, Sandy Rothenberg, John Tu, Michael Palanski, Karthik Namasivayam, Clyde Hull, Zhi Tang, Hao Zhang, Richard DeMartino, Shal Khazanchi, dt ogilvie, Neil Hair, Stan Hoi, Vic Perotti and Steven Gold.
Dr. Steven Carnovale, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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 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.
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 Ettlie, Ashok Robin, Sandy Rothenberg, John Tu, Michael Palanski, Karthik Namasivayam, Clyde Hull, Zhi Tang, Hao Zhang, Richard DeMartino, Shal Khazanchi, dt ogilvie, Neil Hair, Stan Hoi and Vic Perotti.
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.