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.
Associate Professor, Accounting
Dr. Bianco earned her doctorate in finance from the University of Connecticut and is a CPA. Previously, she was on the faculty of Bentley University in Massachusetts. Her research interests include pedagogy, real estate, financial literacy, investments and cases. She has considerable business experience as an auditor and consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, as a controller, a CFO and a treasurer. Currently, she is a partner in a real estate firm and managing owner of a transportation business.
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.
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.
Associate Professor, 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.
Assistant 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.
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.
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.
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.
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/GoUpstate.com. 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.
Assistant 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
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."
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.
Senior Instructor, Information Management Systems
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.
Senior Instructor, Management
Jeff graduated from USC Upstate, earned a Master of Business Administration from USC and has over 25 years of work experience outside academia. His primary responsibility is teaching entrepreneurship classes, where in the past eight years over 30 new businesses, with annual revenues exceeding $65 million, have emerged from business plans developed by students in Jeff’s New Business Enterprise class. His research interests center on efficiencies in higher education and intercollegiate athletics. This research has appeared recently in three books,Forbes, NY Times, Washington Post, Bloomberg, USA Today, Chicago Tribune and multiple other publications. In 2013, Jeff published Your Path Ahead, a guidebook focused on preventing excessive student debt for prospective college students.
Instructor, Business Statistics
Ms. Starrett is currently a doctoral student in Educational Psychology and Research from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. She holds a Masters of Science in Mathematics from Clemson University. Her primary areas of research are school- and classroom-related influences on motivation and educational outcomes of under served young adults. Ms. Starrett has previously taught for the University of South Carolina Upstate in the Math and Computer Science Department.
Dr. Stuart joined the faculty in 2008. She earned a doctorate 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.
Assistant Professor, Management
Dr. Turner joined the JCBE faculty in August 2015. Prior to joining the faculty at USC Upstate, he earned his doctorate in Organizations and Strategy from the University of Tennessee. His research interests are primarily in the strategic management domain. Specifically, his research focuses on competitive dynamics, coopetition and how organizations leverage non-market strategies such as corporate social responsibility. He has taught, and continues to teach, courses in the areas of strategic management and international management.
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 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.
McCrady Gwinn, MBA
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.
Gerald Hubbard Smalls
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, were 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-doctorial 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, 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 no-profit charities in South Carolina, the Sister’s of Charity Foundation board (currently Chairman).
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.
Administrative Assistant to the Dean
Elnora Stuart, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Professor of Marketing
Freshmen Adviser & Student Services Coordinator
Sarah C. Butler
Transfer Adviser & Student Services Coordinator
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