Two New Chaired Professors Join Faculty
Tony Ciochetti has been named the Elmo James Burke Jr. Chair in Real Estate Finance and Development. Ciochetti previously served as the Thomas G. Eastman Chair and chairman of the Center for Real Estate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
His areas of expertise include commercial mortgage credit risk and the role of real estate within pension plan portfolios. Ciochetti's work has appeared in leading scholarly journals, and he regularly consults on behalf of investment banks, institutional clients and development companies. He holds a doctorate and a master's in real estate and urban land economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a bachelor's in finance from the University of Oregon.
K.K. Raman is the inaugural holder of the Glenn L. and Sally P. Ramsdell Memorial Chair in Accounting. Raman previously was the O.J. Curry Professor at the University of North Texas.
His research and teaching interests are in the areas of financial reporting, auditing and the pricing of information risk in global capital markets. Raman is widely published and has more than 30 articles in leading academic and professional journals. He has a doctorate in accounting from Indiana University, an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management and a bachelor's in economics from the University of Calcutta.
New Departments in Entrepreneurship and Cyber Security Created
A new academic department was created and another department was renamed to better reflect College of Business strategic priorities. Highlighting the college's programming in cyber security, the Department of Information Systems and Technology Management was renamed the Department of Information Systems and Cyber Security. All academic programs remain the same.
The department, chaired by Jan Clark, offers bachelor's degrees in information systems and infrastructure assurance; an MBA concentration in information systems; a master's of science degree in information technology with a concentration in infrastructure assurance; and a doctoral degree with an emphasis in information technology.
William Flannery leads the new Department of Entrepreneurship and Technology Management. Flannery, who has been a faculty member at UTSA since 1975, is the founding director of the college's Management of Technology program.
"The department focuses on global entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship and technology entrepreneurship," said Flannery. "Our goal is to aim high, grow our programming in this area and become nationally ranked and respected by the entrepreneurial and technology management communities."
The department offers a bachelor's degree in entrepreneurship; MBA concentrations in management of technology and project management; a master's certificate in technology entrepreneurship; and a master's of science degree in the management of technology.
Business Faculty Members Receive Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award
Faculty members David Han and Daniel Tablada were bestowed the highest honor by the UT System Board of Regents—the Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award.
Known for having the patience of Buddha, Han's educational career has included instructing everything from middle school mathematics to graduate level statistics. He has a knack for simplifying difficult concepts and relating them to real-life problems. Han currently teaches Probability and Statistics and Mathematical Statistics in the college.
"With explosive amounts of data and ever growing computational power, statistical analysis has become an integral part of most research in the 21st century," said Han, assistant professor of statistics. "My aim in teaching statistical science is to ensure that the students have a strong qualitative grip on the quantitative concepts and ideas introduced in the courses so that they can apply this new knowledge to solve real-world problems."
At UTSA since 2009, Han received the President's Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching Excellence and the college's Dean's Excellence Teaching Award this year.
Tablada's students credit him with delivering intriguing lectures that stimulate engagement and curiosity and cultivate independent thought. A senior lecturer in marketing, he draws upon his own professional experience in international marketing in teaching Principles of Marketing (in English and Spanish), International Marketing and a special studies course on the Border Corridor.
"I think the greatest challenge that I offer students is requiring them to apply the knowledge they are learning in class to real-world situations," said Tablada, who has taught at UTSA for 10 years. "By inviting practitioners in different fields to serve as guest lecturers, I can link business concepts to what is being taught in the classroom."
Tablada has received the college's Dean's Excellence Award for Globalization in 2012, and in 2010 he was awarded the President's Distinguished Achievement Award for Community Service and the college's Dean's Excellence Award for Community Service. In 2007 he was recognized for his teaching by being named the recipient of the college's Dean's Excellence Teaching Award.
Awardees are selected following a rigorous review process. Candidates must demonstrate a clear commitment to teaching and a sustained ability to deliver excellence to the undergraduate learning experience. Evaluations by students, peer faculty and external reviewers consider a range of activities and criteria including classroom expertise, curricula quality, innovative course development and student learning outcomes.
Business Faculty Member Receives 2011 Howe Teaching Award
Robert Lengel, associate dean for Executive Education, received the Richard S. Howe Outstanding Service to Undergraduates Teaching Award. The award recognizes faculty for developing signature learning experiences for undergraduates outside the traditional classroom environment.
Lengel was recognized for his work with the Leadership Challenge Program, established by Lengel in 1992 to challenge juniors and seniors to broaden their leadership perspectives through exposure to community leaders and personal reflection about service and growth. Most recently Lengel was instrumental in creating and mentoring the "For the Kids" student organization on campus. Modeled after a successful program at his alma mater, this organization raises funds to help children battling cancer and the year-round program culminates with a 24-hour dance marathon.
"UTSA is extremely fortunate to have so many excellent teachers—educators who constantly find new ways to motivate our students to achieve their personal best," said Provost John Frederick. "The four recipients we are honoring this year are committed to shaping the next generation of leaders through educational experiences that extend beyond our classroom walls. We are grateful for their passion and for the countless hours they spend to give UTSA students the best possible preparation for successful careers."
Business Faculty Member Receives 2011 Howe Teaching Award
Ram Tripathi, professor of statistics in the College of Business, was named a fellow of the American Statistical Association.
"The 48 individuals honored nationally as 2012 fellows represent an extraordinary set of accomplishments within the field of statistics," said Robert N. Rodriguez, president of the American Statistical Association. "Their selection as fellows signifies that they and their work have earned the admiration of their peers, and I congratulate them on behalf of our association."
Tripathi's research spans the divide between the academic world and the world of applied statistics. His published work includes 50 journal articles and many highly-cited works. Tripathi was selected for his fundamental research contributions in discrete distributions; novel applications and development of statistics in assessing the health effects of dioxin on Vietnam-era veterans; and for his outstanding service to the profession.
"Over a span of 37 years his leadership has been instrumental in developing a strong applied, interdisciplinary statistics program at UTSA," said Jerry Keating, professor of statistics and former department chairman. "He has earned a reputation among his colleagues for his integrity, commitment to the statistics program and his attention to detail."
His most highly-cited work stems from his involvement with the United States Air Force's ranch hand project—a major epidemiological study of the adverse health effects of dioxin, a contaminant in the herbicide, Agent Orange. His research has been published in such prestigious journals as Environmetrics, Statistics in Medicine, Toxicology and Environmental Health and the American Journal of Epidemiology.
Tripathi joined the UTSA faculty in 1975 as its first statistician. He is the associate editor of Communication in Statistics and served as president of the San Antonio chapter of the American Statistical Association in 2000-2001 and 2009-2010. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Two New Faculty Join College of Business
Bruce Rudy, assistant professor of management, and Kristina Durante, assistant professor of marketing, were named new faculty members in the College of Business.
Rudy's research and teaching is focused on strategy. He received his doctorate in strategic management and organizational theory from the University of Texas at Austin.
Durante received her doctoral degree in social psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and previously taught at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. Her research interest is in the field of consumer behavior.
Three College of Business Faculty Members Selected for the Inaugural Class of the University's Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars
In recognition of the preeminent role of instructional faculty in advancing knowledge, three College of Business faculty members have been selected for the inaugural class of the university's Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars.
Charter members of the academy were selected from the university's past recipients of the UT System Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award. College of Business academy members are Tom Cannon, senior lecturer in marketing; Ermine Orta, lecturer in management science and statistics; and Rick Utecht, associate professor of marketing. They are joined by 14 colleagues from UTSA.
"Recognizing our most effective classroom teachers is important in continuing to foster a culture of excellence at UTSA," said Provost John Frederick. "But beyond that, this academy also will be a working group, charged with advocating exceptional teaching and learning practices across our campuses."
In addition to being an internal campus resource, Tom Cannon said the establishment of the academy sends a strong message to the community that the university places a high value on its teaching mission.
"Tier One means having excellent teaching faculty and excellent researchers," said Cannon. "Parents want to send their children to a university that will educate them, teach them and provide them with the skill sets and knowledge to begin their careers. From my perspective, the academy shows our external audiences that we have the faculty here who can do that."
Finance Faculty Member Publishes Book on Technical Analysis
Julie Dahlquist, senior lecturer in finance, has published her third book on technical analysis, Technical Analysis of Gaps.
Gaps represent price jumps that could signal profitable technical trading opportunities. Using 17 years of comprehensive data, the book shows how to identify strategic gaps with high-profit potential in order to trade more successfully.
The book addresses such issues as gap size, volume and previous price movement; and integrates their insights into practical, actionable gap-related trading strategies for stocks, futures and options.
Technical analysis is a method used to make investment decisions based on the study of past market data, primarily price and volume data. Rooted in economic theory, technical analysts study the actions of the market in order to forecast the direction that the market will continue.
Dahlquist, a renowned technical analyst researcher, is a certified chartered market technician. A frequent presenter at national and international conferences, Dahlquist was honored last year by the Market Technicians Association for her paper on this issue.
Glenn Dietrich and Chino Rao have both been promoted to professor of information systems and cyber security.
Marshall Pitman, professor of accounting, has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Foundation.
Pamela Smith has been promoted to professorof accounting.
Dianna Stone, professor of management, was awarded the Sage Scholarly Achievement Award by the Academy of Management in recognition of career contributions to research on gender and diversity. She also received the Leading Editor award from Emerald Publishing Company for her work as editor of the Journal of Managerial Psychology.
Business Faculty Members Honored During College's Awards Ceremony
Keith Fairchild, associate professor of finance
E. Lou Curry Teaching Excellence Award
David Han, assistant professor of statistics
Dean's Teaching Excellence Award for Tenure-Track Faculty
Mark Phillips, lecturer in management
Dean's Teaching Excellence Award for Non-Tenure-Track Faculty
Allen Zhang, associate professor of marketing
Col. Jean Piccione and Lt. Col. Philip Piccione Endowed Research Award
Onur Bayar, assistant professor of finance
Dean's Research Excellence Award for Tenure-Track Faculty
Elaine Sanders, associate professor of accounting
Patrick J. Clynes Service Award
Linda Vaello, lecturer in accounting
Dean's Excellence Award for University Service for Non-Tenure-Track Faculty
Ray Teske, assistant director of the Real Estate Finance and Development program
Dean's Excellence Award for Community Service
Daniel Tablada, lecturer in marketing
Dean's Excellence Award for Advancing Globalization
Tina Lowrey, professor of marketing
Endowed 1969 Commemorative Faculty Award for Overall Faculty Excellence
Stewart Miller, associate professor of management
Endowed 1969 Commemorative Faculty Award for Overall Faculty Excellence
Rolando Quintana, professor of management science and statistics, passed away December 12, 2011. A native of Cuba, Quintana was a business faculty member since 2003.
"Dr. Quintana was a caring, knowledgeable and respected professor who was appreciated by his students," said Victor De Oliveira, associate professor of management science and statistics. "He was an extraordinary colleague and friend, always supportive and willing to help. He'll be missed in the department."
His research and teaching interests were in the application of statistical quality control, sampling design, engineering statistics and predictive modeling in the areas of safety and manufacturing engineering and management and environmental management.
In 2001 he was awarded a national technical innovation award from NASA for the development of a monitoring, control, tracking and prediction safety model, and he was also a previous recipient of the National Intelligence Certificate of Distinction for his electronic warfare work during the Gulf War.