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Dean’s Message

Dean Christy Weer
Dean Christy Weer

Greetings from the Perdue School Dean’s Office. As I write this, today marks the first day of classes for the Class of 2021! It is an exciting time as we welcome over 400 new students into the Perdue School. I had the opportunity to talk with many of these students on Friday and encouraged each to work hard, to focus, to get involved and to make a difference in the world.

In addition to a great group of new students, we also welcome nine new faculty into the Perdue School. We are thrilled to have these excellent faculty join us.

Dr. Minseok Park joins us as an assistant professor of information and decision sciences. Minseok earned his Ph.D. in management science from the University of South Carolina and a B.E. in industrial systems and information engineering, and an M.S. in logistics, service and operations management from Korea University. He has professional experience as an international marketing associate at DAEWOO Electronics Corporation in South Korea. His current research interests include behavioral operations management, buyer-supplier relationships, supply chain coordination and contracts, environmental regulations, and off-shoring/reshoring issues.

Dr. Yun Wu joins us as an assistant professor of information and decision sciences. Prior to her arrival at SU, Yun worked at the University of Southern Mississippi. Yun earned her Ph.D. in management information systems from Auburn University and her M.S. in management engineering from Polytechnic of Milan. Yun did her undergraduate work at the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications. She has professional experience in the optical manufacturing industries in China and Italy. Her current research interests include IT in supply chain, IT in healthcare, social media and big data.

Dr. Patrick Fennell joins us as an assistant professor of marketing. Patrick earned his Ph.D. in marketing from Louisiana State University. During his time at LSU, Patrick taught Principles of Marketing and Consumer Behavior courses, and he was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching. Patrick also attended the University of South Florida in Tampa where he graduated with a B.S. in business administration, majoring in marketing. While at USF, Patrick also completed his M.B.A., with a concentration in finance. Prior to joining academia, Patrick spent several years in various marketing positions, working with advertising design agencies and large companies like Samsung and Tech Data. His research interests revolve around how consumers process information such as prices in retail and services contexts.

Dr. KwangWook Gang joins us as an assistant professor of management. Prior to his arrival at SU, Gang was an assistant professor at the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology. Gang has taught strategic management, international business, and innovation and entrepreneurship courses at the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology and was a director of Center for Entrepreneurship Education. Gang did his undergraduate work at Chung-Ang University in Korea where he graduated with a BA in business administration. He then pursued an M.S. in IT business at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology and completed a Ph.D. in strategic management at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Gang has over four years of experience as a senior researcher in South Korea. His research interests include a firm’s entrepreneurial activities and technological strategies in the context of the industry evolution, especially disruptive technology.

Sue A. Cooper joins us as an instructor of accounting. Sue is completing her Ph.D. at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She earned a M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Texas at Arlington and an M.B.A. with an accounting emphasis from Utah State University. She completed her undergraduate work at both Brigham Young University and Utah Valley University where she earned a B.S. in business administration. Sue has eight years of experience teaching financial accounting, managerial accounting and accounting information systems. She has five years of experience in public accounting and spent more than 10 years as an accountant in industry. Her research interests include corporate social responsibility and managerial accounting with special emphases on environmental cost and sustainability.

Dr. Aaron Johnson joins us as an assistant professor of marketing. Aaron completed his Ph.D. in marketing from Wayne State University’s Mike Ilitch School of Business. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics at Brigham Young University and a master’s degree in business administration from Utah Valley University’s Woodbury School of Business. Concurrent to his schooling, he Aaron gained 10 years of full-time industry experience in sales, marketing and relationship management before joining the marketing doctoral program at Wayne State University. As a doctoral candidate, Aaron taught Principles of Marketing, Business Statistics, and Personal Selling and Sales Management. His primary research interests include consumer perceptions of marketplace signals, particularly online consumer ratings.

Dr. Chao Miao joins us as an assistant professor of management. Dr. Miao received his Ph.D. in management from Virginia Commonwealth University where he was awarded the Graduate Dean’s Scholar Award for his excellent academic performance in a doctoral program. Prior to his academic career, he was an engineer in the fields of advanced manufacturing, design, material science and automotive engineering. He is a certified Autodesk AutoCAD computer-aided design engineer and a Unigraphics NX computer-aided design senior designer. He was also a manager assistant at a company in Shanghai, China, and was a co-founder of a family business.

Dr. Kayla Follmer joins us as an assistant professor of management. Kayla earned her Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology from The Pennsylvania State University and a B.S. in public relations and an M.B.A. at Illinois State University. Her research interests focus on understanding the work experiences of employees with stigmatized identities as well as how those individuals are perceived and treated by others at work. Specifically, Kayla’s research has focused on employees with mental illness, racial/ethnic minorities and LGBT employees.

Also joining us for a one-year appointment is Margaret Stewart. Margaret joins us as a lecturer in the Accounting and Legal Studies Department. Margaret is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and earned a Juris Doctor from the Temple University School of Law.

This fall brings a number of opportunities for our students to get engaged with the business community including Meet the Firms night on Tuesday, October 3, where accounting and information systems students have the opportunity to meet over 30 recruiting employers in one afternoon. Similarly, our sales and marketing students will engage with employers on Friday, October 13, at the Mid-Atlantic Sales and Marketing Institute (MASMI) job fair. Our fall Shore Hatchery competition is being held on Friday, October 27, where aspiring entrepreneurs can vie for up to $100,000 in start-up funding. And, on Tuesday, November 7, the Perdue School Career Advisory Board sponsors our annual Community Leadership Panel, which will give students the chance to interact with several local business leaders.

These are just a few highlights of the many opportunities our students have to engage with leaders throughout our community and beyond. We are excited to start the year and look forward to seeing you soon!

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