New Faces

This article was originally published in the Spring 2012 edition of the Huntsman Alumni Magazine.

Four new faculty members will be joining the Department of Management; three will become part of the Department of Finance and Economics; two will be faculty in the School of Accountancy; and one will join the Management Information Systems Department.

Devon Gorry

A researcher from one of the top economics education programs in the country has joined the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business in the Economics and Finance Department.

Devon Gorry has been a teaching assistant and lecturer in the Economics Department at the University of Chicago.

Frank Caliendo, an as­sociate professor in the Economics and Finance Department, said Dr. Gorry will bring valuable experience and add to the Huntsman School’s reputation.

“Chicago has one of the best economics depart­ments in the world,” Dr. Caliendo said. “We are excited to have her join the team.”

Jason Smith

A researcher who co-authored a paper accepted into one of the nation’s top finance journals has been hired by the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business.

Jason Smith, who earned his doctorate in finance from Washington University in St. Louis in 2006, will join the Economics and Finance Department. He has been an assistant professor of finance at the University of Kentucky since 2006.

Dr. Smith collaborated with three other research­ers on a paper that looks at specific effects of cash flows for corporations and how they are adjusting le­veraging ratios. The paper has been accepted into the Journal of Financial Economics, one of the most selective finance journals in the country. The Journal of Financial Economics rejected nearly 90 percent of all submissions from Feb. 2011 to Jan. 2012, accord­ing to its website.

Ryan Whitby

A professor whose research on executive pay has been published in one of the top finance journals in the world will begin teaching in the Economics and Finance Department.

Ryan Whitby has published in the Review of Financial Studies, one of the top three finance journals in the world, said Ben Blau, an assistant professor in the Economics and Finance Department.

“Ryan wrote an article exploring the practice of adjusting the terms of the options after companies pay their executives,” Dr. Blau said. “Having that article published in the Review of Financial Studies is very impressive.”

Dr. Whitby now teaches at Texas Tech University. He received his doctorate and master’s degrees from the University of Utah, and a bachelor’s in business administration from Weber State University in 1998.

John Ferguson

A Vanderbilt University law school graduate, who earned a Juris doctorate degree in constitutional law and international hu­man rights, has agreed to join the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business fac­ulty as a law, ethics, and international management lecturer.

John Ferguson, whose employment begins fall 2012, now works as a lec­turer at Baylor University and has a considerable amount of professional experience. First amend­ment consultant, attorney, and editor of The Texas Journal of Free Enterprise and Public Policy are three of many professional titles Dr. Ferguson has held.

Chad Simon

A professor who won the 2011 “Best Paper Award” at a top auditing research symposium in Europe has agreed to join the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business faculty as an assistant professor. He will teach accounting with an audit emphasis.

Chad Simon has worked as an assistant professor at University of Nevada – Las Vegas since 2008 and has garnered a considerable amount of professional ex­perience in a short amount of time.

Merideth Ferguson

With a doctorate from the University of Georgia and a master’s of ac­countancy from Brigham Young University, Dr. Simon specializes in audits and has been published in Accounting Review and Accounting Academic. The “Best Paper Award” recognition came at the 6th European Auditing Research Network (EARNet) Symposium in 2011.

Merideth Ferguson, author and co-author of more than 26 publications, conference papers, and presentations, will be joining the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business as an assistant professor teaching human resources classes.

Dr. Ferguson received two “Best Paper” honors from the Academy of Management, in 2008 and 2010. Her research has been featured in major media outlets such as ABC News, Business Week, Wall Street Journal Radio, and USA Today.

Dr. Ferguson earned her doctorate and master’s degrees from Vanderbilt University. She now works as an assistant professor at Baylor University.

Sterling Bone

The developer of the strategic sales manage­ment course materials used by the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business has agreed to become a new faculty member at the school.

With a doctorate from Oklahoma State University and an MBA in Entrepreneurship from Utah State University, Sterling Bone will join the Huntsman School of Business as an assistant professor of marketing.

Dr. Bone has extensive experience teaching courses such as market­ing management, services marketing, promotional strategy, and principles of marketing. He has earned high student ratings from these courses.

In the past year alone, Dr. Bone has been recog­nized as an AMA Sheth Foundation Consortium Faculty Fellow and honored for the Best Practitioner Presentation at the Frontiers in Service Conference.

Timothy Gardner

A researcher known for his work in strategic human resource manage­ment has agreed to join the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business in the Management Department.

Timothy Gardner is now a professor of management at Vanderbilt University.

Dr. Gardner received his doctorate in 2002 from Cornell University and his master’s degree from The Ohio State University in 1996.

Dr. Gardner conducts research to find out if firms can gain a competitive edge in the marketplace by taking better care of their employees and business partners, according to Alan Warnick, associate department head for the management department.

“He comes with a great research record, along with a long list of journal articles and book chapters to his name,” Professor Warnick said.

Nicole Forsgren Velasquez

A former Huntsman valedictorian, who is now teaching at Pepperdine University, has agreed to join the Huntsman School of Business in its Management Information Systems Department. Nicole Forsgren Velasquez was Huntsman’s valedictorian in 2001, and she was also named the Robins Award Scholar of the Year, a Utah State University award given to one outstanding student each year.

Dr. Velasquez has since gone on to earn a master of accounting and a doctorate in management information systems from the University of Arizona, a university that has a top-five rated MIS program. She is now an assistant professor in the Business Division at Pepperdine University where she conducts research dealing with cost allocations, knowledge management, and IT impacts. She said she likes to collaborate with undergraduate students on research, something she intends to continue at USU.

She has been a featured speaker at industry and academic events. Dr. Velasquez has also drafted technical white papers, a patent, newsletter articles, and academic research papers.


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