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New Faculty in the School of BusinessNew Faculty in the School of Business
Five people joined the School of Business faculty this fall as professors, instructors and lecturers.

Among them are two natives of the United Kingdom and veterans of Lockheed Martin and Lehman Brothers. “We look for faculty who can teach and relate effectively to our students and individuals who can show students how the concepts being taught relate to the real world of business,” said Dean Mary Ellen Zuckerman.

Here are the newest of the school’s 32 faculty members:

Bob Andolina

Lecturer, Finance and International Business

Education: MBA from Cornell, BS in industrial management from Purdue
Course: Real Time Portfolio Management

Background: He’s a practitioner with 19 years in the equities business. He started with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and ran its U.S. research sales office in London. After joining Lehman Brothers, he expanded its U.S. cash business into Europe, then oversaw the German/Austrian equity operations in Frankfurt.

How do you engage students? “Give them responsibility for a segment of the market and then ask them their thoughts. The variety of opinions and perspectives participants bring to the trading floor are exactly what makes a market.” 

Holly Archer

Instructor, Management

Education: MS in Human Environment Relations from Cornell, BA from University of Texas
Course: Operations Management

Background: She has 12 years of project management experience at Lockheed Martin in aerospace military defense programs, is a certified Lean Six Sigma black belt facilitator for quality improvement teams, has worked as a gourmet caterer and is a competition ballroom dancer.
How do you engage students? “Learn everyone's name ASAP. In class participation exercises, use examples that draw on their own experiences as much as my industry anecdotes.”

Duncan Duke

Assistant Professor, Management

Education: MS and Ph.D. in management from Cornell, MBA from Tec de Monterrey, Mexico

Course: Strategic Management

Background: Born in Wales, he was raised in Mexico and received his BS in biomechanical engineering from Tec de Monterrey, focusing on marine biology. He’s consulted for corporations (SC Johnson cleaning products) and the World Bank and served as country for director for TWI technology engineers in Mexico. Fluent in Spanish, he’s also been a Scuba and windsurfing instructor.

Research interest: Strategy/innovation/business development for market creation. He has studied initiatives aimed at creating sustainability-oriented businesses and/or businesses serving very low-income populations (known as BOP, or Base of the Pyramid).

Robert Ellis

Assistant Professor, Finance and International Business

Education: MBA from Harvard, BBA in accounting from University of Michigan

Courses: Capital Markets, Securities Analysis and Portfolio Management, Entrepreneurship

Specialty: Investments and entrepreneurship

Research interest: Wealth management strategy and technology. In April, he addressed 200 of investment company SEI’s financial advisers on unified management accounts.

Background: Born in England, he’s traveled to more than 40 countries, lived briefly in Japan and swam in all the oceans of the world. He’s a consultant to banks and brokerage firms on strategy, a director of two large national trust companies, a securities principal and a former CPA.

Matthew Geiszler

Assistant Professor, Accounting

Education: Ph.D. candidate in business administration at Kent State University

Courses: Financial Accounting (undergraduates) Accounting for Executive Decisions (MBA program), Intermediate Accounting and Management Accounting.

Background: He dropped out of high school at 16 to enroll in junior college, then went to University of Florida.

Research interest: Financial accounting, concentrating on credit ratings, accrual quality, regulation and nonprofit accounting. He developed an accounting system in Excel that three libraries in Vermont use to track their finances.  

How do you engage students? “I propose a variety of problems that invite student participation and discussion. I select problems that provide clear insight into the logic of accounting practice, but which are thought-provoking in a larger context.”

 


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