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  • Mohamed Djerdjouri - Dean and Professor, Management

    Mohamed Djerdjouri
    Dean and Professor, Management 


    Dr. Djerdjouri holds a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. in Operations Research from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland (Ohio). He joined USC Upstate from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh where he served as Chair of the department of Management, Information Systems and Analytics from 2007 to 2015. Previously, Dr. Djerdjouri was an associate professor in the school of Commerce at Laurentian University in Ontario, Canada. His teaching areas include operations research, operations management, statistics, information systems and analytics and his research interests focus on practical applications of operations research models in business; optimization; planning and scheduling for integrated production and distribution and logistics. Dr. Djerdjouri received the prestigious State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.  

    Prior to joining academia, Dr. Djerdjouri worked as a senior Operations Research Analyst for ROVER Technology Co., a leading logistics company in Philadelphia (USA), where he developed mathematical models, algorithms and information systems to solve logistics and operations problems for large firms. Moreover, Dr. Djerdjouri spent one sabbatical year teaching at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji and another year teaching at the University of Sharjah in the UAE. He has an extensive international experience, having lived and worked in Canada, USA, Fiji Islands, Algeria and the UAE. His publications have appeared in various scientific journals including Operations Research Letters, European Journal of Operational Research, Information Systems and Operational Research Journal, Journal of Applied Mathematics and Computers, Total Quality Management, Journal of Pure mathematics, International Journal of Applied Decision Making, Journal of Business and Accounting.

    Brian Brady Brian G. Brady
    Instructor of Entrepreneurship 
    Director of the GreenHouse Business Incubator

    Prior to joining USC Upstate in 2016, Brian Brady was Instructor in Residence at the UConn School of Business for Entrepreneurship, Marketing, and Management. While at UConn, Brian had also held dual appointments both as Director of the UConn Stamford Learning Accelerator and as clinical faculty at the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He was also a co-founder of the Women Entrepreneurs Empowerment Forum, an annual conference bringing together over 350 women entrepreneurs from greater New York.  Prior to his academic career, Brian was co-founder of a marketing services company serving both national and international clients and has held management positions at ADP, Omnicom/BBDO and Pitney Bowes. Brian received a Master’s Degree in Communications from Fairfield University and a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University.

    Dr. Mary B. Burns - CISA, Ph.D., Associate Professor Dr. Mary B. Burns
    CISA, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    Mary Burns, Associate Professor in Accounting, teaches Accounting Information Systems, Data Analytics in Accounting, and Managerial Accounting courses. Her research examines: 1) fraud detection, and 2) using technology to increase audit effectiveness. Her research has been published in several journals, including Decision Support Systems and the Journal of Information Systems. She has a forthcoming article in: the Journal of Emerging Technologies in Accounting. She is delighted to join the College and to move to the Upstate area. Mary earned a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Arizona, an M.B.A. with an emphasis on Control from Harvard Business School, an M.S. in IS from Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and a B.S. in Computer Science from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. Before her academic career, she spent over 11 years managing Control and IS functions at two Fortune 200 companies.

    Chak Hung Jack Cheng

    Chak Hung Jack Cheng
    Assistant Professor, Economics

    Dr. Cheng received his doctorate in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research interests include macroeconomics, monetary and fiscal policy. He has published papers on optimal monetary policy rules for emerging economies and the effect of exchange rate pass-through on fiscal policy. Before joining the faculty at the University of South Carolina Upstate, Dr. Cheng taught at Murray State University where he taught courses in the areas of his research interests. 

    Elizabeth Cole

    Elizabeth Cole
    Associate Professor, Accounting

    Chair, Department of Economics, Finance, and Accounting.

    Dr. Cole joined the faculty in 2007. She earned a doctorate in Accounting from Kent State University. Before joining USC Upstate, she was an assistant professor at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA.

    Dr. Daniel Davis

    Dr. Daniel Davis
    Assistant Professor, Management

    Dr. Davis earned his doctorate in Organizational Science and from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He also earned his master’s degree in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and his bachelor's degree in Psychology from Appalachian State University. His research interests include institutional dynamics, inter-organizational collaboration, and the influence of information and digital technology on organizational processes. He recently published work in Social Science Research. He has also previously won awards from the Southern Management Association for best paper in the track of Organization Theory, International Management, and Management History and from the North Carolina Sociological Association for the Joseph S. Himes best graduate student paper. Dr. Davis teaches in the areas of human resource management and organizational behavior.

    Chung-Yean Chiang

    Chung-Yean Chiang
    Assistant Professor

    Dr. Chung-Yean Chiang is an assistant professor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management at the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics (JCBE). Dr. Chiang holds a Ph.D. in Operations Management from the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York and a MBA in Supply Chain Management from the Rutgers University. He was a research associate in the department of automotive study at the Industrial Technology Research Institute, a major think tank in Taiwan. His research interests are supply chain inventory dynamics, user’s acceptance, and inter-organizational collaboration. His research works have been published in major premier international journals, such as International Journal of Operations and Production Management and International Journal of Production Economics. Dr. Chiang teaches Operations Management, Supply Chain Management, and Transportation at JCBE.

    Michael Dinger Michael Dinger
    Associate Professor, Management

    Dr. Dinger received a doctorate in management from Clemson University and a bachelor's degree in business administration from Presbyterian College. His research interests include information security, IT workforce management and absorptive capacity. His research appears, or is forthcoming, in top information systems journals, such as MIS Quarterly,Information Systems Research,Journal of the Association for Information Systems IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management.

    Ayse Erdogan Ayse Erdogan
    Assistant Professor, Economics 

    Dr. Erdogan received her doctorate in economics from the University of Minnesota. Before joining the faculty at USC Upstate, she was an assistant professor at Rochester Institute of Technology and also taught various courses at Clemson University and the University of Minnesota. Her research interests are in the fields of international economics and macroeconomics. She has published articles on the impact of international trade and foreign direct investment on environmental quality.

    Rebecca Goessel  Rebecca Goessel
    Instructor, Accounting

    Becky Goessel earned both her Bachelor of Science in Accounting and her Master of Professional Accounting from Clemson University. She is a certified public accountant (CPA) as well as a chartered global management accountant (CGMA).With more than 19 years of experience, Becky Goessel has a strong background in big four accounting, auditing, financial analysis, month-end closing, financial reporting, corporate budgeting and management reporting. She remains active in the business community serving on a board of directors as well as promoting financial literacy education.

    Dr. Uma Gupta - CISA, Ph.D., Associate Professor Dr. Uma Gupta
    Director, M.Sc. in Business Analytics & Associate Professor

    Dr. Uma Gupta is the Director of Business Analytics and leads and teaches in the graduate program in Business Analytics. A Fulbright scholar and Specialist, she has published three books in Information Systems, edited a book on expert systems, and co-authored a book on Data Governance. She has authored more than sixty research papers and conference proceedings. Her areas of expertise include Data Governance, Information Systems, Organizational Development, and Leadership. Dr. Gupta was selected as the Top Ten Influential Women in Technology in Houston, Texas, was awarded the Women of Distinction Award from the Girl Scouts of Western New York and served on the National Liaison Task Force for STEM for the American Association of University Women. She has won numerous other awards for community engagement and leadership contributions. She is also a seasoned keynote speaker and conducts and leadership workshops for senior executives. She holds a PhD in Industrial engineering and an MBA from the University of Central Florida, a graduate degree in mathematics from Stella Maris College, India.

    McGrady Gwinn, MBA Instructor, Finance

    McCrady Gwinn, MBA
    Instructor, Finance

    Prior to joining the USC Upstate faculty, McCrady enjoyed a 27-year career that included positions as a chief financial officer, controller and cost accountant for several companies in the Greenville – Spartanburg area. Additionally, he turned a hobby into a business and became a registered investment adviser in 2008. In the last few years, he has embraced the world of teaching at both USC Upstate and Furman University in an adjunct role and joined Upstate as a full-time faculty member in 2017. McCrady has served (or currently serves) on several endowment boards and leads the student managed investment fund at our school. He enjoys teaching business finance, principles of investments, personal finance, financial accounting and managerial accounting. McCrady has a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Georgia and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from the University of South Carolina.

    Elise Harvey Elise Harvey
    Assistant Professor, Marketing

    Dr. Harvey earned both her master's degree and her doctoral degree at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. She also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and a Honors Bachelor of Science in finance at Oklahoma State University. Her primary research interests include nontraditional families, consumer socialization, advertising to children, children's use of new media and socio-cultural events. She recently published work in Social Science Quarterly. Her teaching experience includes Introduction to Marketing, Marketing Communications Strategy and Contemporary Marketing. Prior to joining academia, Dr. Harvey worked in the Corporate Treasury at Koch Industries, Inc.

    Kimberly Land Kimberly Land
    Instructor, Marketing

    Kim Land received a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of South Carolina Honors College. She has over 16 years of professional marketing and public relations experience including 14 years as marketing and innovation director at the Herald-Journal/ Land remains active in the business community and serves on numerous local boards including SAFE Homes, Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium and Oakbrook Preparatory School. She was recognized in 2014 as one of the Direct Marketing News 40 Under 40 national honorees.

    Dr. Thanh Nguyen

    Assistant Professor, Finance

    Dr. Nguyen received his doctorate in Finance from the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida. His research interests include payout policies, M&As, divestitures, SEOs and IPOs, family firms and behavioral finance. He has publications on Journal of Behavioral Finance, Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, Global Finance, Review of Accounting and Finance, Managerial Finance…He teaches Investments and Corporate finance courses. Before joining the faculty at the University of South Carolina Upstate, he taught at Limestone College and University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He passed CFA level 2 and has five years of working experience in the banking industry. He is a member of Financial Management Association and Southern Finance Association.

    Jim O'Connor

    Jim O'Connor

    Associate Dean

    Associate Professor, Management

    Dr. O'Connor has a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and master's degrees in statistics and in management, all from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has a doctorate in management from Georgia State University.

    Dr. O’Connor joined the faculty full time in 2008 and teaches primarily in the areas of operations management, operations improvement and statistics. His research interests include operations improvement and environmental sustainability strategies. Dr. O'Connor has served as vice president of operations, plant manager, director of quality and process engineering manager for such companies as Fuji Film, Printpack and BBA Fiberweb. Dr. O’Connor is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and consults with companies on operational performance and quality improvement.

    Rosalind Corieri Paige Rosalind Corieri Paige
    Associate Professor, Marketing

    Dr. Paige earned her doctorate from Iowa State University and teaches international marketing, marketing research and consumer behavior. Dr. Paige has also served as Associate Dean of the Johnson College of Business and Economics on 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 Quarterly."

    Frank Rudisill - Management Professor

    Frank Rudisill
    Professor, Management

    Dr. Rudisill received his Ph.D. in management science from Clemson University. He joined the USC Upstate faculty in fall 2002, served as Associate Dean of the College from fall 2008 thru spring 2011 and has been the interim dean since July 2012. Frank 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.

    Dr. Sirajul Shibly - Ph.D., Assistant Professor Dr. Sirajul Shibly
    Assistant Professor, Marketing

    Dr. Shibly received his Ph.D. in Management from Binghamton University, the State University of New York. He also earned his MBA from the University of Sheffield, UK and BBA from North South University, Bangladesh. His primary research interest revolves around buyer perception of seller’s marketing activities and includes topics such as information asymmetry, brand evaluation, and customer satisfaction. While he has a strong concentration in marketing strategy, his research interests overlap with consumer behavior as well. Prior to joining the academia, Dr. Shibly worked in the promotion and capacity building department of IDCOL, the largest financier of green infrastructure and renewable energy programs in Bangladesh. He has also worked in corporate affairs for Berger Paints Bangladesh Limited.

    Gerald Hubbard Smalls - Instructor, Finance

    Gerald Hubbard Smalls
    Associate Professor, Accounting

    Atty. G. Hubbard Smalls is the former Dean and Professor of Accounting for the Tyrone Adam Burroughs School of Business and Economics. Atty. Smalls has over 20 years of extensive corporate and higher education experience with emphasis in the areas of business law, accounting, and taxation.

    He received his BS in engineering from South Carolina State University and MBA in Finance from Atlanta University.  After working for General Electric, General Motors and the Celanese Corporation he was placed on active duty as an officer with a top-secret special operations unit during the Gulf War. While serving his country during various military conflicts, he was appointed to the position of Assistant to the Deputy Chief Finance Officer for the United States Army Military Intelligence Command. Atty. Smalls went on to receive his Juris Doctorate in Law from Howard University Law School and subsequently worked with Lockheed Martin, IBM, Morgan Stanley and as an associate with the law firm of Nelson Mullins. He was later appointed the Chief of Staff and General Counsel for the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Service, where he oversaw all compliance, diversity and inclusion programs and legal matters for the agency’s statewide operation.  He received his LL.M in taxation and partnership accounting from Georgetown University and completed additional post-doctoral studies in higher education management at Harvard University.  He has published in peer-review journals such as the Journal of Economic Integration-Center for International Economics, the Journal of African Business and the South Carolina Bar Journal.

    Atty. Smalls’ higher education experience includes work as an accreditation evaluator for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, managing director of a Community Development Corporation, Business Development Center and as a college administrator on the academic affairs’ executive team. Atty. Smalls serves on several corporate boards, including membership on one of the largest non-profit charities in South Carolina, the Sister’s of Charity Foundation board (currently Chairman).

    Brian Smith

    Brian Smith
    Senior Instructor, Information Management Systems
    Chair, Department of Management, Entrepreneurship, and Marketing

    Mr. Smith graduated from the University of Georgia and earned a Master of Management Information Systems from Georgia College and State University.  He is a Senior Instructor of Management Information Systems and also serves as the Coordinator of Technology Services for the College of Business. He is currently the Interim-Chair for the Management, Entrepreneurship, and Marketing Department. His research interests include business intelligence, analytics, value creation, and corporate sustainability.  A former IT manager and Certified Novell Engineer, he teaches management information systems.

    Jeff Smith Jeff Smith
    Senior Instructor, Management

    Jeff graduated from the University of South Carolina Upstate, earned a Master of Business Administration from USC and worked outside academia for more than 25 years. He teaches entrepreneurship classes, and in the past nine years more than 30 new businesses, with annual revenues exceeding $65 million, have emerged from business plans developed by students in his new business enterprise class. His research interests center on costs and efficiencies in higher education and intercollegiate athletics; his work has been published in the Journal of Leadership, Accountability and Ethics, the Journal of Business Cases and Applications, and the Journal of Sport. This research has appeared in books, Forbes, The Washington Post, Bloomberg, USA Today, Chicago Tribune and other publications. In 2013, Jeff published Your Path Ahead, a guidebook focused on preventing excessive student debt. In 2015, he was selected by students for the USC Upstate Excellence in Teaching and Advising Award.

    John Strandholm - Assistant Professor

    John Strandholm
    Assistant Professor, Economics

    Dr. Strandholm received his doctorate in Economics from Washington State University. His research interests lie in the fields of environmental economics, industrial organization, and other microeconomic topics. Particularly, he investigates the role environmental policy plays on research and development and market structure.

    Dr. Xiao Tang - Ph.D., Assistant Professor Dr. Xiao Tang
    Ph.D., Assistant Professor

    Dr. Xiao Tang earned her Ph.D. in Management Science and Systems from the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York. Her research interests are information security, user’s acceptance, and knowledge management. Her research works have been published in international journals, such as Journal of Computer Information Systems. Dr. Tang teaches data analytics, and statistics at JCBE.

    Julie Wade Julie Wade
    Assistant Professor, Management 

    Dr. Julie Wade completed both her master’s degree in marketing and her doctoral degree in management information systems at Clemson University. Her research interests include virtual communities, post-adoptive IT usage and using social media for human resources activities. Julie's research has been featured in the Upstate Business Journal, GSA Business Journal, the Greenville Journal, the Clemson Newsstand and many other outlets.

    Michael Wooten Michael Wooten
    Instructor, Accounting

    Michael Wooten earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Management from Erskine College and his Masters of Accountancy from Western Carolina University. His areas of interest include governmental and not-for-profit accounting. Before joining the faculty at the University of South Carolina Upstate, Mr. Wooten had the pleasure of being one of its students. His love of the Johnson College of Business and Economics, and its student body, lead him to this position at the college. He is active in the local community by serving on the board of directors of a Spartanburg non-profit organization and the Spartanburg chapter of the Institute of Managerial Accountants.

  • Sarah C. Butler

    Sarah C. Butler 
    Director, Academic and Career Enrichment Services 


    Amy Henderson

    Amy Henderson
    Administrative Coordinator and Assistant to the Dean 


    Brian Smith

    Brian Smith
    Senior Instructor, Student Services Coordinator, and Interim Chair of the Department of Management, Entrepreneurship and Marketing


    Deborah Sparks

    Deborah Sparks  
    Administrative Assistant 
    Student Services 


George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics 
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