New faculty

Six new full-time faculty members joined Pamplin this fall. Their addition reflects the college’s commitment 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.

Dipankar Chakravarti, Sonny Merryman Inc. Professor, marketing

Dipankar Chakravarti

Dipankar Chakravarti, who is based at Virginia Tech’s National Capital Region campus, received his Ph.D. in industrial administration in 1979 from Carnegie Mellon University, where he also earned a master’s degree in industrial administration. He has a bachelor’s degree in physics from Presidency College, University of Calcutta, India.

He joins Virginia Tech from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, where he was a professor of marketing. As vice dean of programs, he led the design and successful launch of the Carey School’s Global MBA program and served as faculty director of its signature Innovation for Humanity program.

He is professor emeritus at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he was the Ortloff Professor of Business during 1995-2009. He has also served on the marketing faculties of the University of Arizona, Duke University, and the University of Florida. He served as interim dean at Colorado’s Leeds School and as department head of marketing at Arizona’s Eller School.

Chakravarti has taught a range of courses and seminars at the undergraduate, MBA, doctoral, and executive education levels. His recent assignments include the MBA courses: Managerial Decision Behavior, Social Entrepreneurship, Customer Relationship Management and B2B Marketing. His doctoral teaching focuses on managerial and consumer decision making and advanced marketing research methods.

His teaching recognitions include Johns Hopkins University’s Green Blue Jay Award in 2013 for the Innovation for Humanity course, in recognition of creativity and innovation in involving MBA students in hands-on learning opportunities emphasizing humanity and social responsibility. The course was cited in Forbes magazine’s list of the 10 most innovative, new business-school courses in 2010.

Chakravarti has written extensively on managerial and consumer decision making in marketing. His research has appeared in the Journal of Consumer Psychology, Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Marketing, Marketing Science, and Management Science, among others, and in scholarly books such as the Annual Review of Psychology.

His work is widely cited and has received many recognitions, including a Journal of Consumer Research best paper award.

His current research focuses on healthcare decisions and the psychology of consumption decisions in poverty and development contexts.

A lifetime fellow of the Society for Consumer Psychology, Chakravarti has served as editor and editorial board member of the Journal of Consumer Psychology. He has also served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Consumer Research and the Journal of Marketing.

Anne-Sophie Chaxel, assistant professor, marketing

Anne-Sophie Chaxel

Anne-Sophie Chaxel received her Ph.D. in marketing in 2012 from Cornell University. She has a master’s degree in marketing research from Paris-Dauphine University and a master’s degree in management from HEC Paris.

Her research focuses on understanding biases in consumer judgment and decision-making. Her work is organized in three streams. The first examines the causes of biased decision-making (why are we biased?).

The second traces the cognitive processes by which biases influence consumer choice (how do biases influence our choices?). The third proposes tactics to mitigate biases (what factors influence biases?).

Her work has appeared in Psychological Science, the Journal of Consumer Psychology, the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Judgment and Decision-Making, and the Journal of Behavioral Decision-Making.

Chaxel joins Virginia Tech from McGill University, where she has taught since 2012.

Matthew Cobabe, assistant professor, accounting and information systems

Matthew Cobabe

Matthew Cobabe received his Ph.D. in accounting earlier this year from the University of Oklahoma. He has two bachelor’s degrees, in accounting and in economics, from Brigham Young University.

His research interests include financial reporting, voluntary disclosure, segment reporting quality (the reporting of the operating segments of a company in the disclosures with its financial statements), and the effect of management on accounting disclosure.

His dissertation examines how a firm’s valuation is affected by segment disclosures of peers. His work in progress includes an experimental examination of the perceived value of stock options and a paper on the impact of segment reporting on returns and trading volume around mergers and acquisitions announcements.

Cobabe has taught courses in cost accounting and managerial accounting.

His awards include the Graduate Teaching Assistant of the Year at the University of Oklahoma, the Robberson Conference Presentation Travel Grant, and the Ben Barnett Ph.D. Scholarship.

He has also worked as an accountant in Orem, Utah.

David Godsell, assistant professor, accounting and information systems

David Godsell

David Godsell received his Ph.D. in management this year from Queen’s University. He has a master’s degree in management from Queen’s University and an MBA and two bachelor’s degrees, in commerce and in economics, from Memorial University. He also holds the designations of Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA).

His dissertation examines the market valuation of managed earnings in a regulatory setting with learning opportunities. His research interests are in international financial accounting, earnings quality, and regulatory incentives.

His work in progress includes studies examining accounting and competition, and accounting and political connections.

He has taught introductory courses on financial accounting.

Godsell’s professional experience includes working as a corporate tax auditor for the Canada Revenue Agency.

He received several Ph.D.-level awards, including a Doctoral Fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, a CPA-Queen’s Centre for Governance Grant, and a CMA Canada Doctoral Award.

Christie Hayne, assistant professor, accounting and information systems

Christie Hayne

Christie Hayne received her Ph.D. in management this year from Queen’s University. She has a master’s degree in management from Queen’s University, an MBA from Memorial University, and a bachelor’s degree from Nipissing University.

Her dissertation examined the role of management accounting in organizations that are experiencing persistent decline.

Her working papers include a cross-sectional field study on the use of management accounting in organizations experiencing decline due to environmental change and an in-depth field study on the use of management accounting in the sensemaking and sensegiving processes employed by a healthcare institution that is experiencing decline and pursuing a performance turnaround.

Her co-authored article examining the emergence of COSO’s enterprise risk management framework as the dominant standard in the field was published in Accounting, Organizations and Society.

She has taught introductory courses in management accounting.

Hayne also holds the designations of Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA). She has worked as a financial analyst at PGI Fabrene (now AVINTIV) and as a staff accountant at KPMG LLP in North Bay, Ontario.

She received several honors and awards, including two Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and several Queen’s School of Business Graduate Awards.

Mario Pandelaere, associate professor of marketing

Mario Pandelaere

Mario Pandelaere, a native of Belgium, he received his Ph.D. in psychology in 2003 from Leuven University. He also has master’s degrees in business engineering, in psychology, and in statistics, and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, all from Leuven University.

After defending his dissertation on the role of frequency information and estimation in impression formation, Pandelaere worked at Leuven University, first as a post-doctoral researcher in marketing and later as an assistant professor in communication sciences.

Most recently, he was a research professor in marketing at Ghent University (2008-2015).

His main research interests are: causes and consequences of materialism, luxury consumption, and conspicuous consumption; the presentation and processing of quantitative information; and the impact of questions (versus statements) on cognitive processing.

Pandelaere has received many research grants and co-authored numerous articles in leading journals in business and in psychology. He has mentored more than 10 Ph.D. students and served on more than 15 Ph.D. dissertation committees.

He has taught courses on consumer behavior, marketing communication, public relations and communication management, advertising, and market research.

Pandelaere reviews for academic journals in business, psychology and communication sciences and currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Consumer Research and the International Journal of Research in Marketing.

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