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New Jindal School Hires Bring Business and Research Expertise

An associate professor and five assistant professors, all tenured or in the process of tenure, are among the 16 new faculty members who have joined the Naveen Jindal School of Management (JSOM) at the University of Texas at Dallas this fall.

New faculty members include Dr Scott Janke, director of the Master of Science (MS) in Management Sciences program and lecturer in operations management; and Dr David Widdifield, the new director of the MS in Supply Chain Management program and a clinical associate professor of operations management. Also officially joining the faculty this fall is Paul Nichols BA’95, MBA’98. Nichols, who was deputy director of Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, is now its executive director. He also continues as director of the MS in Innovation and Entrepreneurship program and as a lecturer in international organizations, strategy and management.

Dr Hasan Pirkul

JSOM has acquired new faculties in its fields of accounting, executive training, finance and managerial economics, information systems, operations and organizational management, strategy and management. international management. At the start of the academic year, the faculty consisted of 220 full-time and 111 part-time members.

“The 50th anniversary from UT Dallas this year returned home to this panel, ”said Dr Hasan Pirkul, President Caruth and Dean of the Jindal School. “We are celebrating not only the success of the University – in terms of healthy growth and achieving a leading status in just five decades – but also the success of Jindal School in recruiting a faculty with a leading expertise in education, research and business.

“Of course, we also celebrate our students, who at Jindal School are known to take their education seriously and become top performers both in school and after graduation.”

The 2020 rankings of American News and World Report showed the Full-time MBA the program has gained two spots in the past year, moving from 40th (tied) to 38th (tied). Among U.S. public universities, the program fared even better, dropping from No.19 (tied) to No.13 (tied).

the Professional MBA (part-time) program went from n ° 20 in the general classification in 2019 to n ° 17 (tied). Among US public universities, its position has remained the same, at No. 10 (tied).

In recent entrepreneurship rankings by Princeton Review, in association with Contractor magazine, the school’s graduate program in innovation and entrepreneurship came in at No. 11, up from 19 in 2018. JSOM’s undergraduate program innovation and entrepreneurship concentration debuted in the standings at No.23.

Changes this year to ensure Jindal School remains responsive to the needs of students and employers include: transforming the MBA in Global Leadership program in a 100% online offer; adding a MS in Business Analytics Cohort program focused on accounting analysis and data science; and formalize funding rules and processes for students who undertake original scientific research.

School initiatives that continue to grow include the Jindal Young Fellows Program, which welcomed seven new Dallas Independent School District graduates to campus this fall, and Jindal OutREACH, a community engagement program, which logged 18,000 hours of service in its first year.

New faculty leading to tenure

Dr Rafael Copat

Dr Rafael Copat, assistant professor of accounting

Previously: PhD student, Rice University

Interest research: corporate governance, proxy advisors, shareholder voting, conflicts of interest, executive compensation

Quote: “UTD has a large accounting department, which gives me an excellent opportunity for research collaboration. I am delighted to be around people with such brilliant minds and prolific publication records. My main ambition is to make a significant contribution to corporate governance research and to educate practitioners on issues critical to shaping economic efficiency. I hope to be recognized as a thoughtful and attentive researcher, contributing to the productivity of JSOM’s research.

Dr Michael Hasler

Dr Michael Hasler, associate professor of finance and managerial economics

Previously: assistant professor, University of Toronto

Interest research: how information acquisition, investor disagreements and learning mechanisms affect investor trading strategies and asset prices

Quote: “What I look forward to the most is to be in a very efficiently run and growing business school. My goal is to publish numerous articles in leading financial and economic journals to further strengthen the ranking of the Jindal School of Management.

Dr Kirti Sinha

Dr Kirti Sinha, assistant professor of accounting

Previously: PhD candidate, Northwestern University

Interest research: disclosure, public and private debt markets, mergers and acquisitions

Quote: “My research explores how information – financial or non-financial – affects real economic activities. With a particular focus on credit markets, I intend to use unique datasets to provide insight into how banks and other financial institutions use information in lending decisions and how those decisions are made. have an impact on actual economic activities. This is important because of the widespread use of information disclosure regulations by policy makers. Through my research, I hope to educate policymakers about the costs and benefits of mandatory disclosure regulations. “

Dr Ashwin Venkataraman

Dr Ashwin Venkataraman, Assistant Professor of Operations Management

Previously: postdoctoral researcher, Institute for Quantitative Social Science, Harvard University

Interest research: machine learning applications in operations management and marketing, business analysis, choice modeling

Quote: “UTD has a very diverse student body, and I look forward to interacting with students and discovering their varied perspectives on different topics in my classes. I hope to create a pleasant and intellectually stimulating atmosphere for the students and to collaborate with my colleagues to produce high quality and impactful research.

Dr Guihua Wang

Dr Guihua Wang, Assistant Professor of Operations Management

Previously: Doctoral Candidate, University of Michigan

Interest research: the intersection of empirical econometrics and machine learning with application to healthcare

Quote: “I am very excited to teach at UT Dallas because I have learned from my colleagues and friends that UTD students are smart, hardworking and eager to learn. My goal at school is to become a productive researcher and an inspiring teacher. I will continue my line of healthcare research to address the important and difficult issues facing patients, providers, payers, and government. Besides research, I like to interact and share my knowledge with students. My teaching objective is to help students develop a solid understanding of the concepts and theories of the course and to improve their critical thinking and analytical skills.

Dr Hongchang Wang

Dr Hongchang Wang, lecturer in information systems

Previously: Doctoral Candidate, Georgia Institute of Technology

Interest research: economics of information systems, financial technologies, online lending platforms, artificial intelligence

Quote: “Considering that innovation is one of the main goals of UT Dallas, I wish to continue to pursue innovative research and convert it into inspired teaching. For my personal fulfillment, I hope to continue working on important and high quality research projects, learn from my senior colleagues, contribute to the academic community, and maintain physical and mental health. For school and university, I hope to provide high quality teaching service, become a supportive and collegial colleague, provide suggestions and help to students, and support relevant campus activities and projects.

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