With expertise ranging from strategic leadership to healthcare operations and innovations, 14 new faculty members joined the College of Business at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln this fall.
Dean Kathy Farrell said, “Our new faculty members build upon a robust foundation of devoted teachers who are experts in their field and distinguished researchers who are driving discovery and empowering individuals to lead the future of business. Their ability to challenge students in the classroom will prepare our graduates to make a greater impact in their careers, and foster even stronger partnerships between our college and the Nebraska Business community.”
Dr. Mirzokhidjon Abdurakhmonov, Assistant Professor of Management
Abdurakhmonov earned his Ph.D. in management from the Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. He received his MBA from Henderson State University. His research interests concentrate in two areas of strategic management: firm-government interaction and strategic leadership.
He co-authored the forthcoming article “Market Reactions to Non-Market Strategy: The Signaling Role of Congressional Testimony” in Strategic Management Journal
. His dissertation is titled “Because I Care I Risk: How CEO Free Market Orientation Affects the Extent and Type of Income Smoothing
Dr. Matthew Barlow, Assistant Professor of Management
Barlow earned his Ph.D. in strategic management from the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. He also earned an MBA in strategic management from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and a master of science in electrical engineering from George Washington University. Prior to Nebraska, he taught entrepreneurship, management and organizational behavior as an assistant professor of management in the College of Business Administration at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). Before earning his Ph.D., he worked as a senior analyst for ProOrbis, LLC in Malvern, Pennsylvania. His research interests include entrepreneurship, organization theory, market categories, human capital and the micro-foundations of organizational performance.
He co-authored “Guilty by Association: Product-Level Category Stigma and Audience Expectations in the U.S. Craft Beer Industry” in the Journal of Management
and “Getting Lost in the Crowd: Optimal Distinctiveness, Strategic Categorization and New Entry on the Google Play App Platform Market” in Strategic Management Journal
. He received the 2018 UTEP COBA Undergraduate Excellence in Teaching Award in management. He also serves as an ad hoc reviewer for five journals including the Journal of Management
Dr. Robert Campbell, Assistant Professor of Management
Campbell earned his Ph.D. in strategic management from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia. His research interests focus on three domains: strategic leadership, corporate governance and stakeholder strategy.
He co-authored “Shareholder Perceptions of the Changing Impact of CEOs: Market Reactions to Unexpected CEO Deaths, 1950-2009” in Strategic Management Journal
, as well as the forthcoming article “Born to Take Risk? The Effect of CEO Birth Order on Strategic Risk Taking” in the Academy of Management Journal
. Quartz, Inc. and MarketWatch also featured his work. He won the Outstanding Reviewer Award for the Strategic Leadership and Governance Interest Group at the 2016 SMS Conference and was a finalist for the 2017 SMS Best Conference Ph.D. Paper Prize.
Dr. Paul Dion, Assistant Professor of Practice in Finance
Dr. Paul Dion earned his Ph.D. in finance from the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. He received a master of science in mathematics with an option in mathematical finance from Rutgers University. Before entering academia, he worked as a loan officer for Nation’s First Financial in Philadelphia. His research interest focuses on corporate finance.
His dissertation is titled “Corporate Risk: Three Papers on Cash Flow Volatility and Cost Equity.”
Dr. Thomas Dotzel, Assistant Professor of Marketing
Dotzel earned his Ph.D. in marketing from Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. He also received an MBA with a concentration in marketing from the University of Texas at Arlington. Prior to Nebraska, he was as an assistant professor of marketing in the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University in Montreal, where he taught services marketing, service science, value creation and principles of marketing. His research interests include services marketing, marketing strategy, retailing, brand strategy and the interface between marketing and finance.
He co-authored “Service Innovativeness and Firm Value” in the Journal of Marketing Research
, which won the American Marketing Association (AMA) Services Special Interest Group Best Services Article Award in 2013. He also co-authored the forthcoming article “The Effects of B2B vs. B2C Service Innovations on Firm Value and Firm Risk: An Empirical Analysis” in the Journal of Marketing
. He serves on the editorial review board of the Journal of Service Research
. He received several awards, including the Association of Former Students Distinguished Graduate Student Teaching Award in 2009, Dean’s Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Doctoral Student from Mays Business School in both 2007 and 2008 and Liam Glynn/ASU Center for Services Leadership Research Award in 2006. He was also a finalist in the ISBM Business Marketing Doctoral Dissertation Award Competition in 2008 and an AMA Services Special Interest Group Doctoral Consortium Faculty Fellow in 2012.
Dr. Ling Harris, Assistant Professor of Accountancy
Harris earned her Ph.D. in accounting from the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois. She also earned a master of accounting science and master in teaching English as a second language from the University of Illinois. Before joining Nebraska, she taught financial accounting as an assistant professor of accountancy in the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. Her research interests include financial accounting and the determinants and consequences of decisions made by managers and investors.
She co-authored “The Effect of Investor Status on Investors’ Susceptibility to Earnings Fixation” in Contemporary Accounting Research
. Her research has also been featured by Reuters, CFO and the New York Post
. In 2018, she received the Alfred G. Smith Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Darla Moore School of Business.
Dr. Jonathan Hendricks, Assistant Professor of Management
Hendricks earned his Ph.D. in business administration with concentrations in organizational behavior and human resources from the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. Prior to earning a Ph.D., he worked as a product specialist for Insidesales.com. His research interests focus on impression management, recruitment, social cognition, star employees and multilevel methods.
He co-authored “Improving the Measurement of Group-Level Constructs by Optimizing Between-Group Differentiation” in the Journal of Applied Psychology
. He also co-authored a book chapter titled “The Missing Levels of Micro-foundations: A Call for Bottom-Up Theory and Methods” in the Handbook for Multilevel Theory, Measurement and Analysis
by LeBreton and Humphrey.
Dr. Timothy Hodges, Assistant Professor of Practice in Management and Executive Director of the Clifton Strengths Institute
Dr. Timothy Hodges earned his Ph.D. in business and a master of science in leadership education from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Before becoming a faculty member at Nebraska, he worked for Gallup, Inc., leading research projects in strengths development, employee selection, employee engagement and other topics related to education and workplace success.
He published a multitude of research for Gallup and his work was featured by NPR, C-SPAN and HuffPost among other news outlets. He has delivered more than 100 presentations on leadership, strengths, education, engagement and careers. He also published “Consulting Best Practices” in the tenth edition of Organizational Behavior
by Dr. Fred Luthans, University and George Holmes Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Management at Nebraska Business.
Dr. Thomas Kubick, Associate Professor of Accountancy and Fulk Faculty Chair
Kubick earned his Ph.D. in business with a specialization in accounting and master of professional accountancy from the College of Business at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. He holds multiple professional designations, including CPA, CMA, CFP, CFA, CAIA, CFE and ChFC. Before returning to Nebraska, he was as an associate professor of accounting in the School of Business at the University of Kansas, where he taught income taxation and empirical tax research. His research interests include tax and financial accounting.
He co-authored more than 10 articles in journals such as The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory, Accounting Horizons, Journal of Business, Finance and Accounting, Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, Advances in Accounting, Journal of Corporate Finance, Financial Management and Journal of Banking and Finance
. His recent publications include “The Effect of General Counsel Prominence on the Pricing of Audit Services” in the Journal of Accounting and Public Policy
, “Annual Report Readability and Corporate Audit Outcomes” in Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory
and the forthcoming article “The Effect of Voluntary Clawback Adoptions on Corporate Tax Policy” in The Accounting Review
. Kubick served on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Taxation Association
for two years. He also received the Kansas School of Business Guy O. and Rosa Lee Mabry Best Paper Award in 2018.
Dr. Brandi McManus, Assistant Professor of Practice in Management
McManus earned her Ph.D. in management and international business from the Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma. She also earned an MBA with concentrations in strategy and marketing from Southern Methodist University. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, she was the vice president of marketing for Academic Partnerships and held many senior and executive positions for Schneider Electric. Her research interests include the micro-foundations of strategy, managerial decision making, dark leadership traits and global careers.
Her dissertation is titled “The Effect of Ambiguity in Mergers and Acquisitions.”
Dr. Sam Melessa, Assistant Professor of Accounting
Melessa earned his Ph.D. in accounting from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He also received a master of science in economics from the University of Utah. Prior to Nebraska, he served as an assistant professor of accounting in the Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa, where he taught financial accounting and reporting. His research interests include the interactions between capital markets and financial reporting, earnings quality and factors affecting the financial reporting environment.
He co-authored “Incorrect Inferences When Using Residuals as Dependent Variables” in the Journal of Accounting Research
and “Does Managerial Sentiment Affect Accrual Estimates? Evidence from the Banking Industry” in the Journal of Accounting and Economics
. He received the Gilbert P. Maynard Excellence in Accounting Instruction Award in 2016. He is also an ad hoc referee for five journals including the Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Accounting Research
and Contemporary Accounting Research
Joe Petsick, Assistant Professor of Practice in Management and Executive in Residence
Petsick earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and finance from the College of Business at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. He co-founded Proxibid, Inc. and served as a board member for the Center for Entrepreneurship in the College of Business. He brings to his position more than 20 years of experience driving successful entrepreneurial and innovative endeavors.
He received several awards, including the Startup Executive Award and Business Excellence Award from the College of Business in 2014 and 2011, respectively. He was also a Midlands Business Journal
40 Under 40 Recipient in 2008.
Dr. Brenden Timpe, Assistant Professor of Economics
Timpe earned his Ph.D. and master’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan. Before entering academia, he worked as press secretary for U.S. Representative Earl Pomeroy and assistant communications director for U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan in Washington D.C. and staff writer for the Grand Forks Herald
. His research interests include labor economics, public economics, economic demography and population health.
His dissertation is titled “Essays on the Labor Market, Public Policy and Economic Opportunity.” Timpe received the Michael J. Moore Dissertation Research Prize for best paper in applied economics in 2018.
Dr. Liang (Leon) Xu, Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management and Analytics
Xu earned his Ph.D. in supply chain management from the Smeal College of Business at The Pennsylvania State University. He also earned a master of science in management science and engineering from Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China. His research interests include data-driven operations management, healthcare operations and innovations, pharmaceutical supply chains and behavioral operations management.
He co-authored “Inducing Compliance with Post-Market Studies for Drugs Under FDA’s Accelerated Approval Pathway” in Manufacturing and Service Operations Management
and “Multi-Item Production Planning with Carbon Cap and Trade Mechanism” in the International Journal of Production Economics
. He received the Ossian R. MacKenzie Doctoral Teaching Award from the Smeal College of Business in 2017 and won first prize in the Structural Modeling Applications for Research in Technology (SMART) Workshop Competition at Carnegie Mellon University in 2015. He serves as an ad hoc reviewer for three journals including Decision Sciences