New Faculty Join the School of Business for Fall 2023

8.31.2023 Faculty News, News Release
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The Wake Forest University School of Business welcomed five new full-time faculty members and three visiting faculty members for the 2023-2024 academic year.

“The addition of new faculty members enhances the richness and vibrancy of our academic community, and we are excited to welcome these eight exceptional scholars to the Wake Forest School of Business,” said Dean Annette L. Ranft. “Each brings knowledge and expertise that allows us to continue to provide an enriching academic experience to our students and bolster our research and teaching excellence.

Full-time Faculty:

Andrew Collins, Associate Teaching Professor, Accounting, holds a Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma. Before joining the faculty at Wake Forest, Collins worked as an Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina. His research primarily focuses on judgment and decision making in financial accounting.

Bingxuan Guo, Assistant Professor, Marketing, earned a Ph.D. in marketing from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Before joining Wake Forest, Guo served as an Assistant Professor of Marketing at the School of Business at Indiana University Kokomo. Her research interests include digital marketing, customer relationship management, cross-cultural marketing, and sustainable marketing.

Douglas Johnson, Teaching Professor, Management, earned a Ph.D. and a master’s in industrial and organizational psychology from the University of Georgia, an MBA in human resources from the University of Connecticut, and a bachelor’s in accounting from Clemson University. Prior to joining Wake Forest, Johnson served as a Professor of Leadership and Management at Georgia Gwinnett College and held various administrative roles. His research interests encompass career success, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), and business education.

Eric Park, Assistant Professor, Operations Management, holds a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from Seoul National University, a master’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in operations from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Before joining Wake Forest, Park served as an Assistant Professor at HKU Business School, The University of Hong Kong. His research interests are healthcare, public policy, emergency medical services, and service operations.

Stephen Smulowitz, Assistant Professor, Strategic Management, holds a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, an MSc from IE Business School, and a Ph.D. from IESE Business School. Prior to joining Wake Forest, Smulowitz served as a Term Research Professor at the IMD Global Board Center. His research interests include corporate governance, diversity, corporate social responsibility, wrongdoing, and executive compensation.

Visiting Faculty:

Karen Gaskill, Visiting Associate Professor of the Practice, Accounting, holds a master’s in accounting from UNC Greensboro, a bachelor’s in accounting from Catawba College, and will earn a doctorate in Business Administration with an accounting concentration from Jacksonville University (August 2023). Before joining Wake Forest, Gaskill served as the Chair and Assistant Professor of Accounting at Catawba College and held roles in public accounting (audit and tax) and private industry as a controller and CFO for 25 years. She has also taught at UNC Greensboro and Queens University of Charlotte. Her research interests include enterprise risk management, particularly in small and medium-sized entities, accounting innovation and change, and performance evaluation and improvement.

Kyre Lahtinen, Visiting Associate Professor, Finance, holds a Ph.D. in Finance from Florida State University. Lahtinen is an Associate Professor of Finance at Wright State University. His research interests are in empirical asset pricing and behavioral finance.

Elizabeth Ricks, Visiting Associate Professor of the Practice, Analytics, holds a master’s in business analytics from St. Joseph’s University and a bachelor’s in business administration from West Virginia University. Ricks brings a wealth of practical experience to her role, having taught data storytelling and business communication in corporate workshops to Fortune 500 companies worldwide while working under best-selling author Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic’s Storytelling with Data organization. Previously, she served as an Assistant Vice President of Small Business Analytics at Bank of America and as a healthcare Relationship Manager for Merck. She has also been an adjunct professor for the WFU Online MBA and Online MSBA programs since 2021, teaching visual analytics and influencing.

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