May 28, 2024  
2014 - 2015 Graduate Catalog 
2014 - 2015 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mason: Faculty

It’s hard to follow an ‘A+’ and top 5 in the world. But not if you’re the Mason faculty.

Year after year, they earn an ‘A+’ in the Business Week ranking of faculty and they are perennially ranked among the best in the country by Princeton Review.

So we mean it when we say our faculty are some of the best in the world. Our Fulbright Scholars, entrepreneurs, consultants, and scholars are teachers, too. And they take the last one very seriously.

Ask any student, past or present, and you’ll immediately know that the faculty always bring their best game and don’t let you leave until they’re convinced you’ve brought yours. Because they know what real business is — they’ve studied it, they’ve consulted in it, and they won’t let you down.

They’re good. Really good.


Jamie Diaz, Assistant Professor of Business, B.S., New York University.

Elizabeth P. Foster, Clinical Assistant Professor of Business, B.S., University of Richmond;

William T. Geary, Associate Professor of Business
CPA, B.S. and M.A.S., University of Illinois; Ph.D., Northwestern University.
Focuses on managerial accounting and control with application in healthcare, financial reporting and analysis, and behavioral accounting.

Denise Jones, Associate Professor of Business
B.S., B.A., Bryant College; M.B.A., M.S. in Finance and Ph.D., University of Colorado. Specializes in financial accounting and reporting.

Christine Petrovits, Associate Professor of Business
CPA, B.B.A. and M.B.A., The College of William & Mary; Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Marc P. Picconi, Associate Professor of Business, B.S., Stanford University; M.S. and Ph.D., Cornell University

Phillip B. Shane, Professor of Business and Accounting Head
C.P.A., B.S., University of Illinoise; Ph.D. University of Oregon.

James E. Smith, CPA, John S. Quinn Professor
B.A., Southeastern Louisiana University; M.B.A. and Ph.D. University of Arizona.
Specializes in federal income taxation with emphasis on the individual, the corporation, and the partnership.

Kimberly J. Smith, Professor of Accounting
B.S., Fairmont State College; M.P.A., West Virginia University and Ph.D. University of Maryland.

Michael Stump, Clinical Associate Professor
B.S., Christopher Newport College; M.A. and Ed.D. The College of William & Mary.
Specializes in accounting information systems controls, design, implementaion security and use; auditing and investigations; financial, government and higher education accounting.

Alexander Woods, Assistant Professor of Business
B.S., Wright State University; M.B.A. Colorado State University; Ph.D., Eli Broad College of Business, Michigan State University.
Research interests are managerial accounting and control, performance measurement and evaluation, incentives, and resource allocation.  His current research evaluates the benefits and costs.

Business Law

William J. Stauffer, Jr., Clinical Professor
B.A. The Pennsylvania State University; J.D., The Marshall-Wythe School of Law, The College of William & Mary.


Richard J. Ash, Clinical Associate Professor of Business
B.A., The Pennsylvania State University; JD, Fordham University School of Law.

Experience and expertise in Venture Capital, Entrepreneurship, Finance and in the creation, financing and management of Small Business Enterprises

Ron Monark, Clinical Lecturer of Business, A.B., The College of William & Mary, M.B.A., The University of Chicago.

Economics and Finance

Julie Agnew, Associate Professor of Business
B.A., The College of William & Mary; Ph.D., Boston College.
Areas of interest include personal investing in 401(k) plans and behavioral finance.

Vladimir Atanasov, Cabell Faculty Fellow and Richard C. Kraemer Distinguished Associate Professor of Business
B.S. and M.A., University of National and World Economy, Sofia, Bulgaria; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University.
Areas of interest Corporate Governance, Law and Finance, Institutional Investors, Portfolio Optimization, Auctions, Bargaining and Coalition Formation.

John F. Boschen, Brinkley-Mason Professor of Business
B.S., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; M.A., University of Delaware; Ph.D., Brown University.
Specializes in economics, capital markets, business cycles, monetary policy and inflation.

Herrington J. Bryce, Life of Virginia Professor of Business
B.A., Mankato State University; Ph.D., Syracuse University.
Interests include corporate finance, cost and risk management, nonprofit finance and urban investment.

Claire Rosenfeld Cici, Assistant Professor of Finance
B.S., Saint Joseph’s University; Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Gjergji Cici, Associate Professor of Business
B.S. and Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Current research interests include portfolio performance evaluation, institutional investors, agency issues in the mutual fund industry, and behavioral finance.

Scott Gibson, J. Edward Zollinger Professor of Business
B.S. and Ph.D., Boston College
Research interests include institutional investor trading strategies and effects on stock prices, optimal design of mutual fund exchange rules, and the use of derivative securities in lowering corporate financing costs.

H. Katherine Guthrie, Assistant Professor of Business
B.A., University of California, Davis; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Michigan.
Primary research interest is in the area of corporate governance and earnings management.

James R. Haltiner, Chancellor Professor of Business
B.A., M.B.A., and D.B.A., University of Virginia.
Special interests in equity valuation and portfolio management issues.

Deborah A. Hewitt, Clinical Associate Professor of Business
B.A., The College of William & Mary; Ph.D., Duke University.
Special interests in international finance, telecommunications industry, and new approaches to market valuation and risk assessments.

John Merrick, Richard S. Reynolds Associate Professor B.A., La Salle University; M.A. and Ph.D., Brown University. Research interests have been shaped by experiences on Wall Street. Recent projects analyzed government bond futures markets, impact of default recovery assumptions on emerging market debt valuation, trading strategies in deposit rate futures markets and the US Treasury’s debt buyback program.

Lawrence B. Pulley, Dean, School of Business,
T. C. and Elizabeth Clarke Professor of Business,
B.A., College of William & Mary; Ph.D., University of Virginia.

John S. Strong, CSX Professor of Finance and Economics
B.A., Washington and Lee University; M.P.P. and Ph.D., Harvard University.
Specializes in corporate finance, international project finance, and airline industry economics and operations.

Management Communications

Robert H. Stowers, Clinical Associate Professor of Business
B.A. and M.Ed., American International College; Ed.D., Rutgers University. Research interests: effective teaching, communication strategy, leadership communication, business presentations, professional writing, interpersonal communication, presentation design and graphics, and communication proficiency and assessment.


Dawn M. Edmiston, Clinical Associate Pofessor of Business
B.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute M.B.A., Columbia University; Ph.D., University of Maryland.

Ronald Hess, Jr., Associate Professor of Business
B.A., James Madison University; M.B.A., The College of William & Mary; Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute.
Research focuses on the relationship between marketing success and service satisfaction and on business-to-business marketing.

Todd A. Mooradian, Associate Dean for Faculty and Professor of Business
B.S., University of New Hampshire; M.B.A., Wake Forest University; Ph.D. University of Massachusetts.
Specializes in consumer behavior, international and cross-cultural marketing, and marketing strategies

James M. Olver, Associate Professor of Business
B.A., M.B.A. and Ph.D., University of Virginia.
Interests in marketing management, product management and consumer behavior.

Don R. Rahtz, J.S. Mack Professor of Business
B.A. and M.B.A., Northern Illinois University; Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute.
Pursues studies in industrial marketing, macro-marketing, public policy and marketing, quality of life, transitional economy market assessment and development for domestic and International export and sustainable environmental marketing, marketing communications.

Lawrence J. Ring, Executive MBA Alumni, Professor of Business
B.S., M.S. and Ph.D., Purdue University.
Focuses on marketing management, marketing strategy and retailing strategy.

K. Scott Swan, Professor of Business
B.S., Taylor University; M.B.A., University of South Carolina; Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin.
Specializes in product development and design, global marketing and export management.

Robert Williams, Clinical Professor
M.B.A., Wharton

Operations and Information Technology

Dorothea LaChon Abraham, Associate Professor of Business
B.S. United States Military Academy, West Point; M.B.A., Old Dominion University; Ph.D., University of Georgia.
Interests include wireless/ubiquitous computing and organizational decision-making for information systems and technology, and healthcare informatics.

Paul Blossom, Clinical Associate Professor of Business
B.S., Michigan State University; M.S., Michigan State University; Ph.D., Michigan State University.
Areas of expertise include lean manufacturing and service businesses, analytical expertise in operations research techniques, scheduling techniques and statistics, process improvement.

Tonya Boone, Associate Professor of Business
B.S., University of Kansas; M.B.A., The College of William & Mary; Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Specializes in technology management, supply chain strategies and service operations.

James R. Bradley, Hays J. Watkins Professor of Business
B.M.E.E., General Motors Institute; M.B.A., Dartmouth College; Ph.D., Stanford University.
His work makes extensive use of applied probability, optimization and computer simulation.

Ram Ganeshan, Professor of Business
MMS, Birla Institute of Technology and Science; M.S., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University.
Areas of expertise include supply chain management, digital marketplaces, logistics and inventory management. Industries: Retail, Hi-Tech, Chemical, and Heavy Manufacturing.

Hector H. Guerrero, Professor of Business
B.S.E.E. and M.B.A., University of Texas at Austin; Ph.D., University of Washington.
Areas of interest: decision analysis, operations management, and expert systems.

Rajiv Kohli, Associate Professor of Business
LLB, University of Poona, Pune, India; M.B.A., Center for Management Research & Development, Pune India; M.S., Ball State University; Ph.D., University of Maryland.
Research interests in healthcare information systems, electronic commerce, collaborative technologies, and IT based control mechanisms.

Tracy Johnson-Hall, Associate Professor of Business
B.S., Vanderbilt University, M.B.A., The Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D., Clemson University.
Area of interest: Supply Chain and Operations Management.

Scott McCoy, Assistant Professor of Business
B.A., Flagler College; M.S., Middle Tennessee State University; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh.
Interests include technology and innovation, information systems, technology acceptance, electronic commerce, and knowledge management.

David H. Murray, Assistant Dean of Information Technology and Clinical Professor, B.SC. and M.B.A., Concordia University; Ph.D., University of Michigan.
Interests include manufacturing and systems design and analysis.

William R. Stewart, Jr., David L. Peebles Professor of Business
B.S., Tufts University; M.S., Johns Hopkins University; D.B.A., University of Maryland.
Research interests include Analysis of Competition in Energy Markets, Combinatorial Optimization, and Negotiation and Game Theory.

Organizational Behavior

Inga M. Carboni (2007), Assistant Professor of Business, A.B., Bowdoin College; M.A., Tufts University; M.A. and Ph.D., Boston College.
Current research examines interpersonal and intergroup processes from a social network perspective. She has two streams of ongoing academic research: one focused on interpersonal and intergroup conflict and the other on intra-team knowledge transfer.

Karen D. Locke, W. Brooks George Professor
B.S., University College, London University; Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University.
Interests in management and leadership, qualitative research methodologies, language, identity and culture.

Ronald R. Sims, Floyd Dewey Gottwald, Sr. Professor
B.A., University of Steubenville; M.S.W., University of Maryland; Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University.
An expert in organizational behavior, organizational change, leadership, business ethics, human resource management and experiential learning.

Jeanne Wilson, Dorman Family Term Distinguished Associate Professor of Business
B.S., St. Joseph’s College; M.S., Purdue University; Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University.
Research focuses on management issues that arise in spatially distributed groups.

Real Estate

Michael Seiler, Professor of Business, B.S., University of South Florida; M.B.A., University of North Florida; Ph.D. Cleveland State University.

Strategic Management

Brent Allred, Associate Professor
B.S. and M.B.A., Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University.
Research interests in the management of technology and innovation, global competitive strategy and organizational structure, and gaining and sustaining competitive advantages in emerging markets.

Adjunct Faculty

Howard Busbee, Professor Emeritus
B.A., M.L.T., and J.D., The College of William & Mary.
CPA and Member of the Virginia Bar

Jim Carleton, Adjunct Lecturer

Kerry Christian, Adjunct Lecturer
B.S. and M.S., Old Dominion University.

George Daniel Gaske, Adjunct Lecturer

Peter Gore, Adjunct Lecturer
B.A., Stetson University; M.B.A. University of Notre Dame; CFA; CFP.

Rex Homlin, Adjunct Lecturer
B.S. in Engineering, Tulane University; Master of Business Administration, Tulane University; Master of Science in Organization Development, American University

Harold Martin, Adjunct Lecturer
A.B., The College of William & Mary; M.B.A., Virginia Commonwealth University; Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Interest in Valuation, Forensic Accounting and Litigation consulting and expert witness services.

L.D. Metcalfe, Director, MBA Field Consultancy Program and Adjunct Lecturer
B.S., University of Richmond; M.B.A., The College of William & Mary

Roy Pearson, Chancellor Professor Emeritus
B.S., Commerce and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Virginia.

Charles Raphael, Adjunct Lecturer and Director of the Leadership Development Experience
B.A., Albion College

Bradley Ridlehoover, Adjunct Professor
B.S., and B.A., Presbyterian College; J.D. The College of William & Mary; LL.M. NY University School of Law.

Franklin Robeson, Professor Emeritus
B.B.A., University of Cincinnati; M.B.A. and D.B.A., Indiana University.

Ned W. Waxman, Professor Emeritus
B.S., University of Pennsylvania; J.D., Emory University.

G. Thomas White, Assistant Professor Emeritus
B.A. and M.B.A., The College of William and Mary; Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic University.