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Rudisill Dean and Professor, ManagementDr. Rudisill received his doctorate 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 through 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
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.
CiprianoAssociate Professor, AccountingDr. Cipriano earned his MBA at the University of Iowa and his doctorate 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.
Elizabeth Cole Associate Professor, AccountingDr.
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.
Chase DeHan Assistant Professor,
Economics Dr. DeHan has received both a doctorate and a master's
degree in economics from the University of Utah. He teaches
courses on international, monetary and financial economics. His
primary research 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.
Dinger Assistant Professor, ManagementDr. 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 and IEEE
Transactions on Engineering Management.
Katherine A. Frear
Assistant Professor, Management
Dr. Frear received her master's degree and doctorate from
the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Prior to coming to USC Upstate,
she taught at UNC Charlotte and the University of Minnesota. She teaches
management courses in the areas of organizational behavior and human resource management. She conducts research on careers, gender in organizations,
performance management and employee attitudes. She consults for non-profit and
for profit organizations on issues such as employee engagement, succession
planning, performance management and organizational design.
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.
William B. Hankins, III
Dr. Hankins received his doctorate in economics from the
University of Alabama in 2014. His research interests include applied
microeconomics, political economy and public choice/public finance. His
research has been published in the Southern Economic Journal. He
currently teaches principles of microeconomics and managerial economics.
O'Connor 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 PaigeAssociate Professor,
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
Charles S. Reback Associate Professor, EconomicsDr.
Reback joined the Upstate faculty in 2005. He received a doctorate. in applied economics from Clemson University, a Master of Science in finance from Boston College and
a Bachelor of Science in economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. His
research interests include economic and financial history and the capital
markets implications of managerial decisions.
Smith Senior Instructor, Information
Management SystemsMr. 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 information systems.
Smith Instructor, ManagementMr. 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.
Elnora Stuart Associate Dean Professor,
MarketingDr. 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.
I. TanyelProfessor, MarketingDr. 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 Instructor, Management 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.
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