New Faculty

Nine faculty members joined Pamplin this fall. The college is committed to hiring tenured and tenure–track faculty to further strengthen its teaching, research, and business outreach, particularly in the areas of business intelligence and analytics, innovation through entrepreneurship, and international programs.


Daniel J. Beal


Daniel J. Beal

Daniel J. Beal, associate professor of management. He received a Ph.D. and an M.S. from Tulane University and a B.A. from Florida State University. His research has focused on affective or emotional events and their impact on employees and organizations — particularly how the experience and expression of emotions at work translate into worker well–being, stress and fatigue, and performance. He has examined the influence of events ranging from completing onerous chores or enjoyable tasks to the effects of abusive supervision or experiencing a natural disaster.

Jinjing Huang


Jingjing Huang

Jingjing Huang, assistant professor of accounting and information systems. She received a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon, an M.S. from Iowa State University, and a B.S. from Shanghai University of Electric Power. Her dissertation examined tax incentives for foreign earnings management and their implications for pricing of foreign earnings. Her research interests are in financial reporting, international taxation, technological innovation, corporate governance, and corporate finance. Her current work includes a study of how block ownership by institutions affect corporate governance.

Richard A. Hunt


Richard A. Hunt

Richard A. Hunt, assistant professor of management. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado – Boulder, an MBA from Stanford University, a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard University, and a B.A. from Rice University. His research examines the links among entrepreneurship, strategy, and innovation, including new sector formation, market entry, and early–stage operational behavior. He has received many research and teaching honors. He was a business executive for nearly 20 years, including in the pharmaceutical and high–tech sectors, and founded an environmental services business that he nurtured to success and sold.

Juncai Jiang


Juncai Jiang

Juncai Jiang, assistant professor of marketing. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Dallas and an M.S. and B.S. from Tianjin University (China). His research interests are in consumer search, price–matching guarantees, and online advertising. His dissertation examined consumer online searches related to purchasing decisions and competitive marketing strategies. His current work examines the value of sponsored listings; price–matching guarantees in the travel industry; and cooperative advertising and coordination.

Hee Jung (Annette) Kang


Hee Jung (Annette) Kang

Hee Jung (Annette) Kang, assistant professor of hospitality and tourism management. She received her Ph.D. and B.S. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and an M.S. from Sejong University (South Korea). Her dissertation examined hospitality employee engagement. Her current research includes studies on employee perception of sexual discrimination and subjective career success, and the role of emotions on work engagement, performance, and satisfaction. She has worked at hotels and restaurants in Las Vegas, South Korea, and Guam.

Frank May


Frank May

Frank May, assistant professor of marketing. He received a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina, an MBA from the University of Minnesota, and a B.S. from New Jersey City University. His research relates to time and patience, and judgment and decision making. His dissertation examines how the qualitative properties of time can affect perception of wait time and patience. He has studied how anthropomorphism of time can decrease patience. His current work includes a study of donations of time versus money.

Michelle M.H. Seref


Michelle M.H. Seref

Michelle M.H. Seref, assistant professor of business information technology. She received her Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. from the University of Florida and an M.A. from Virginia Tech. She specializes in relationship analysis, factor analysis, feature selection, and predictive models in optimizing decision responses. Her work in computational rhetoric has applications in investment decisions in online communities, accounting reports and fraud detection, and consumer responses to online reviews. Her work in qualitative factor analysis is applicable to problems in disaster operations management, interdisciplinary collaboration, and diversity.

David M. Townsend


David M. Townsend

David M. Townsend, assistant professor of management. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma and his master of management and B.A. from Oral Roberts University. His research builds upon theories of human agency to explore the acquisition, use, and impact of resources on the survival and performance of technology–based and social ventures. A paper he co–authored on microlender crowdfunding won the Best Social Entrepreneurship Paper Award of the Academy of Management’s entrepreneurship division in 2012. He has worked in several entrepreneurial ventures.

Kevin D. Carlson


Jin Xu

Jin Xu, assistant professor of finance. She received her Ph.D. and MBA from the University of Chicago, an M.A. from Peking University, and a B.A. from Renmin University of China. Her research is in empirical corporate finance, in particular, capital structure, corporate governance, and executive compensation. Her current work examines corporate capital structure decisions and the impact of taxes on value, the U.S. repatriation tax policy on foreign income, the design of executive compensation contracts, and the effect of CEO incentives on corporate dividend policy.


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