George Dean Johnson, Jr.
College of Business & Economics Faculty
Dean and Professor, Management
Dr. Rudisill received his Ph.D. in management science from Clemson University.
He joined the USC Upstate faculty in fall 2002 and served as associate dean of
the College from fall 2008 thru spring 2011. After eight months as interim
dean, Dr. Rudisill was named dean of the College in March 2013.
Rudisill teaches in the areas of management, operations management, statistics
and business strategy. He has over 25 years of experience in industry as a
statistician (Duke Energy), operations research manager (Milliken & Co) and
statistical quality consultant (with national and international companies). He
was also the lead partner from USC Upstate in working with BMW Manufacturing
to develop the USC Upstate/BMW Academic Outreach Camp for high school
students. His research interests focus upon applying quality tools and
techniques in solving industrial problems. He has published in peer-reviewed
journals such as Production and Inventory Management, Quality
Engineering, Quality Progress, International Journal of Production
Economics, Interfaces, and Strategic Finance. He is
the co-author of a book, Quality Management and Measurement
Associate Professor, Accounting
Dr. Cipriano earned his MBA at the University of Iowa and his
PhD at the University of South Carolina. His research agenda addresses the
effectiveness of both auditors and analysts whom market participants rely on to
improve the quality of publicly-available information. Prior to entering
academia, Dr. Cipriano worked as an auditor for Deloitte & Touche in
Chicago. He was initially licensed as a CPA in Illinois in 1994 and currently
holds a CPA license in South Carolina.
Associate Professor, Accounting
Cole joined the faculty in 2007. She earned a Ph.D. in Accounting from Kent
State University. Before joining USC Upstate, she was an assistant professor at
James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA.
Cronin joined the faculty in 2006 as an adjunct instructor; and in 2008 as a
full time Instructor of Accounting. Mr. Cronin earned an MBA in Accounting
from the University of Maryland. Before coming to USC Upstate, Mr. Cronin
served as a senior partner with Cronin, Jackson, Nixon & Wilson,
Certified Public Accountants in Clearwater, Florida.
Dr. DeHan has received Ph.D. and M.S.
degrees in economics from the University of Utah. He teaches
courses on international, monetary, and financial economics. His
primary research field is on the ability of financial markets to facilitate
economic growth in developing countries. Prior to attending
graduate school, Dr. DeHan served in the United States Marine Corps.
Assistant Professor, Management
Dinger received a Ph.D. in Management from Clemson University and a B.S. in
Business Administration from Presbyterian College. His research interests
include information security, IT workforce management and absorptive capacity.
He teaches in the areas of strategy and human resource management.
Instructor, Nonprofit Leadership
Duesterhaus joined the faculty in 2011 as an adjunct instructor; and began as a
full-time Instructor of Nonprofit Leadership in the fall of 2012. Dr.
Duesterhaus earned his doctorate in higher education administration from
Vanderbilt University and completed a post-doctoral bridge program in
management and marketing at the University of Florida prior to joining the
faculty. Before coming to USC Upstate, Dr. Duesterhaus worked in higher
education administration for 20 years, including service as vice president for
advancement for two colleges. In addition, Dr. Duesterhaus has served on a
number of non-profit and civic organization boards. He teaches in the areas of
management, marketing, and nonprofit leadership. Research interests include
brand management, the marketing of higher education, and leadership in
Jonathan Keisler joined the faculty in 2013.
He is currently ABD in the Policy Studies PhD program at Clemson University and
teaches classes in economics and statistics. He has received master degrees in
economics from Clemson University and Georgia Southern
University. Jonathan has 10 years business experience with
multiple industry leaders in service and product based markets.
His research interests include economic development policy, the
political economy, public finance, and behavioral economics. His
dissertation research explores issues of efficiency, distributional equity,
and revenue adequacy related to property tax base erosion in South Carolina.
Assistant Professor, Management
Dr. O'Connor joined the faculty in 2004 as an adjunct instructor, and in 2008
as a full time Instructor of Management. In 2012, he earned a Doctorate in
Management from Georgia State University, and accepted a position as Assistant
Professor of Management. Dr. O'Connor has Masters Degrees in Statistics and
in Management, and a Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering, all from the
Georgia Institute of Technology. He teaches primarily in the areas of
management, operations management and improvement, and statistics. His
research interests include environmental sustainability strategies and
operations in business. Dr. O'Connor has served as vice president of
manufacturing, plant manager, director of quality, and process engineering
manager for such companies as Fuji Film, Printpack and BBA Fiberweb, and
currently consults with companies on environmental, quality and performance
Rosalind Corieri Paige
Associate Dean, Greenville Campus
earned her Ph.D. from Iowa State University and teaches international marketing,
marketing research and consumer behavior. She is the Associate Dean of the
Greenville Campus. Before joining USC Upstate, Dr. Paige was on the faculty of
the University of Tennessee where she guided master's and doctoral students. Her
research interests focus on tourism marketing and have taken her on projects in
Thailand, China, Russia, South Korea and Mexico. Dr. Paige has published in
peer-reviewed journals such as "The Journal of Small Business Management," "The
Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship," "The Journal of Promotion
Management," "The Journal of Vacation Marketing," and "Services Marketing
Associate Professor, Management
Dr. Pruett joined the faculty in 2010. He earned a PhD in strategic
management from the University of Illinois, and MBA and BS degrees from the
University of North Carolina. Prior to joining USC Upstate, he taught at
Appalachian State University. His teaching and research interests include
management, entrepreneurship, and creativity/innovation.
Charles S. Reback
Associate Professor, Economics
Reback joined the Upstate faculty in 2005. He received a Ph.D. in Applied
Economics from Clemson University, an M.S. in Finance from Boston College, and
a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. His
research interests include economic and financial history and the capital
markets implications of managerial decisions.
Sarah P. Rook
Dr. Rook received M.E.
and Ph.D. degrees in economics from North Carolina State University. She
teaches macroeconomics, microeconomics, and statistics. Her research interest
is environmental economics.
Assistant Professor, Business Law and
Mr. Routman joined the faculty in 2007. He earned a Juris Doctor
and Master of Taxation from Georgia State University. Before joining USC
Upstate, he was the Senior Associate Council for MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta
Rapid Transit Authority).
Senior Instructor, Information
Mr. Smith received a Master of Management
Information Systems degree from Georgia College and State University. A
former IT Manager and Certified Novell Engineer, he teaches Management
Mr. Smith earned a MBA from the University of South
Carolina and teaches classes in Entrepreneurship, Finance and Accounting. In
addition, he has 20 years of experience in the accounting, banking and the
real estate development sectors, and has owned and operated several small
businesses. Academic interests include valuations, emerging business and
social enterprises, change and efficiencies in higher education, and student
debt. Mr. Smith instructs the Johnson College’s New Business Enterprise class,
in which students combine all the business and economic principles exposed
through the bachelor curriculum to develop practical and realistic business
plans for start-up business and social enterprises. The combined impact of
businesses initiated and implemented from these student plans by students, is
sales over $50 million annually, and employment exceeding 300 individuals,
primarily in the upstate region of South Carolina.
Dr. Stuart joined the faculty in 2008. She earned a Ph.D.
in Marketing from the University of South Carolina. Before coming to USC
Upstate, Dr. Stuart was a visiting professor of marketing at the Instituto de
Empressa in Madrid, Spain. She has also served as professor of marketing, BP
Egypt Oil Professor of Management Studies, marketing unit head and AACSB
Accreditation Coordinator for the Department of Management at the American
University in Cairo in Cairo, Egypt.
Dr. Tanyel received an
MBA from Syracuse University and a D.B.A. in Marketing from the University of
Tennessee. He teaches marketing, economics and business policy. He has served
as the assistant dean and chair of the School of Business Administration and
Economics. Professor Tanyel's research and consulting interests include
management development, export, import, and marketing. He has completed a
faculty internship position with Remington Company, and was the director of
management training for the National Education Foundation.
Julie Wade received her Master’s degree
in Marketing at Clemson University and is completing her final year in Clemson’s
doctoral program in Management Information Systems. Her research focuses
primarily on individual behavioral responses to information technologies in a
post adoptive context and how social media profiles influence HR hiring
decisions. She teaches in the areas of IS Strategy and Management.
William R. Word
received a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee. He has published in a
number of scholarly journals including the Monthly Labor Review, Public
Personnel Management, and the Southern Business Review. During 1993-95,
1996-98, and 2001-03, he served as a member of the Business Accreditation
Committee for AACSB International. He was the principal consultant for AACSB
accreditation to the University of Laval in Quebec City, ESSEC in Paris, the
Rotterdam School of Management, Queen's University (Canada), the University of
Mannheim (Germany) and the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland). The
University of Laval received AACSB accreditation in 1995; ESSEC was accredited
in 1997; the Rotterdam School of Management and Queen's University received
accreditation in 1998; the University of Mannheim was accredited in 2000; and
the University of St. Gallen was accredited in 2003; ESSEC was the first
school in Europe to be accredited by AACSB.