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From the Dean’s Office

Christy Weer
Interim Dean Christy Weer

As we begin our journey into another academic year, I'd like to take a moment to reflect on the many achievements of the faculty, staff and students of the Perdue School. Last year, we hosted the casting crew of the highly popular TV show Shark Tank, gave away over $60,000 in cash and prizes to Salisbury student and alumni entrepreneurs through our Entrepreneurship Competitions event and awarded approximately $200,000 through the Shore Hatchery Competitions. Our students participated in numerous national and international competitions, earned Bloomberg and Terp10 certifications, and even stood on the floor of the New York Exchange. Indeed these are exciting times in the Perdue School.

The end of the semester saw the departure of Dean Bob Wood as he made his way to the University of South Alabama. Dr. Wood brought great energy to the Perdue School, and we wish him well. As we begin the search for the new permanent dean of the Perdue School, I am honored to serve as interim dean and I am happy to announce that we have four new faculty members joining us this fall, as well as a visiting Fulbright Scholar.

Dr. Amit Poddar joins us as an associate professor of marketing and chair of the Management and Marketing Department. Amit comes from Georgia College and State University where he was a tenured associate professor of marketing. Amit earned his Ph.D. in marketing from Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, and his M.B.A. from Institute of Rural Management Anand, Gujarat, India. Amit did his undergraduate work at the University of Delhi, India, where he graduated with a bachelor’s in business studies degree. He also has extensive work experience including in India and Africa, before joining academia. Amit is a well-published scholar and was awarded the excellence in scholarship award for his research at Georgia College and State University. Amit has presented his research at several national conferences and has several articles published in peer-reviewed journals. His current research interests include sales management, public policy and online marketing.

Dr. Misuk Lee received a B.S. and an M.S. in industrial engineering from Seoul National University, and a Ph.D. in industrial engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Prior to joining Salisbury University, she worked as an assistant professor at Korea Aerospace University. Her research interests include online customer behavior, discrete choice models, revenue management and applied statistics.

Nicholas Busko joins us as a visiting lecturer of economics. Prior to his arrival at SU, Nicholas was at the University of Tennessee, where he earned his M.A. in economics and anticipates completing his Ph.D. in economics in 2014. Nicholas did his undergraduate work at the University of Tennessee, where he graduated with a B.S. in electrical and computer engineering. He has professional experience in the electronic and semiconductor industries and has several U.S. patents. Nicholas has presented his research at international conferences. His current research interests include theory of the firm, procedural fairness in competition, environmental policy and global resource management.

Dr. Rob Richerson joins us as an assistant professor of marketing. Previously, Rob was at the University of Kentucky, where he earned his Ph.D. in marketing. Rob completed his B.A. and M.B.A. at the University of Southern Mississippi. Rob has presented his research at national and regional conferences. His current research interests include consumer decision making, social influence, food choice and meta-analysis.

I am also very pleased to announce our Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Jaan Ubi, who comes to us from Tallinn, Estonia, for the academic year. Jaan’s expertise lies at the interface between informatics and mathematics. The strength of his work is that he uses sophisticated tools to both develop courses solving business problems as well as solving data analytic problems in both education and business contexts. Jaan is an enthusiastic representative of Estonia and is eager to share both his academic experience (including developing programming modules for K-12 students) and love of all things Estonian with the SU community.

We welcome our new faculty and the 412 freshman and transfer students who are joining us this semester. As I read on students’ shirts this morning: “Together, we can accomplish anything.“ Until the next issue...

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