Rawls College Welcomes New Faculty
September 15, 2017 | By: Kaitlin York
Area of Accounting
Dr. Jacob Haislip, Assistant Professor of Accounting
Haislip received his B.B.A. in Accounting and his M.S. in Accounting from the Rawls College. After completing his degrees at Texas Tech, he worked as an audit associate at Grant Thornton LLP in Houston for two years before continuing his education at the University of Arkansas, where he received his Ph.D. in Accounting. Prior to his position at the Rawls College, Haislip was an assistant professor at the University of North Texas and Binghamton University. He has taught courses about accounting information systems, accounting principles and fraud examination. Haislip's areas of research expertise include accounting information systems and auditing. He has published articles in multiple journals, including the Journal of Information Systems, Contemporary Accounting Research, and International Journal of Accounting Research. Haislip has also presented at many conferences, most recently, the AAA Annual Meeting in 2016. His hobbies and interests include fantasy football, video games and movies.
"Lubbock is essentially home for my family. I went to Texas Tech for my B.B.A. and M.S. and decided then that I wanted to become a professor. I knew from then that someday I would like work here with the people who taught me everything I know about accounting."
Dr. Tao Ma, Assistant Professor of Accounting
Ma studied philosophy and religion at Minzu University of China in Beijing before completing his B.B.A in Accounting at the University of Texas at Brownsville. He then went on to receive his Ph.D. in Accounting from Washington University. Before coming to the Rawls College, he served as an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina, where he taught intermediate, advanced and international financial accounting. His research interests include archival financial accounting and research projects that focus on the effects of financial reporting on capital markets. He has published papers in the Review of Accounting Studies, Accounting Horizons and the Journal of Business Finance & Accounting. Ma has also presented at many conferences, most recently, the AAA Annual Meeting in 2016. His hobbies include watching movies and hiking.
"I love the university and my colleagues in the accounting department. And, of course, go Red Raiders!"
Dr. Brett Scott, Assistant Professor of Practice of Accounting
Scott received his B.A. in Accounting from Western Washington University and his Master of Accounting from the University of Southern California. Before starting his Ph.D., he worked as a corporate officer at Washington Mutual Preferred Funding LLC, as an analyst at Washington Mutual Inc. and as an analyst and auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. He then went on to complete his Ph.D. in Accounting from Texas A&M. Prior to working for the Rawls College, he served as an accounting instructor at Oregon State University, where he taught financial and managerial accounting. His research interests include financial disclosure quality, voluntary disclosure, analyst forecasts, earnings guidance and corporate governance. He has three working papers: "How Credit Market Conditions Impact the Effect of Voluntary Disclosure on Firms' Cost of Debt Capital," "A Structured Approach to Teaching the Statement of Cash Flows: Cash Flows from Operating Activities" and "Look Before You Leap: An Ex–Ante Examination of Student Sentiment towards Courses in Fraud Examination." In his spare time, he enjoys playing the guitar.
"I decided to come to the Rawls College because the faculty are friendly, sincere and professional."
Area of Finance
Dr. Stephen Buschbom, Assistant Professor of Finance
Buschbom received his B.B.A. in Real Estate in 2005 from the University of Georgia. He also earned his Ph.D. in Business Administration with a concentration in Real Estate and a minor in Finance in 2017 from the University of Georgia. Prior starting his Ph.D., he worked as the assistant portfolio manager at Voya Investment Management. While at the University of Georgia, he taught Real Estate Principles for multiple semesters, where he maintained a high student evaluation rating. His areas of research expertise are real estate finance and investment, mortgage-backed securities, urban economics and spatial economics. He has been published in the Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics and the Oxford University Press. He has presented at the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association Annual Meeting for the past two years. His hobbies include racquetball, swimming and woodworking.
"Paul Goebel was instrumental in my recruitment. He graduated from the University of Georgia with his doctorate degree and ended up spending 37 years at Texas Tech. As I was about to earn my doctorate, I placed a lot of weight on Paul's positive experience at the Rawls. In the end, though, my decision was finalized after meeting with the finance faculty. The more I spoke with faculty members during my interview process, the more I wanted to make Texas Tech and the Rawls College of Business my new home. My wife and I are excited to be in Lubbock, and I hope to make Paul proud since he left some pretty big shoes to fill."
Dr. Kiseo Chung, Assistant Professor of Finance
Chung received his B.S. in Economics from Yonsei University in South Korea, M.S. in Finance from the University of Rochester and his Ph.D. in Finance from Emory University. While working on his Ph.D., Chung served as both a graduate and undergraduate teaching associate for courses, such as Investments, Security Analysis and Portfolio Management, Managerial Finance and Empirical Capital Markets Research II. His areas of research expertise are mutual funds and behavioral finance. He currently has two working papers: "Changing Career Incentives and Risk-Taking in the Mutual Fund Industry" and "CEO Home Bias and Corporate Acquisitions." In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his kids.
"I chose Rawls because of the warm environment and great support for research."
Dr. Alon Kfir, Assistant Professor of Finance
Kfir received his B.A. in Economics and M.S. in Management Sciences with a concentration in Finance and Accounting from Tel Aviv University in Israel. He continued his education at the University of Southern California, where he received a M.S. in Mathematical Finance and Ph.D. in Finance. Kfir also taught business finance at the University of Southern California. His research expertise includes asset pricing, corporate policies and product market competition. Kfir has two working papers: "Product Market Competition and Stock Momentum" and "Product Market Competition and Financial Shocks: Evidence from Exogenous Changes in Analyst Coverage." In addition to his academic experience, he also has worked as an equity research associate for Apex Investments Ltd., a research analyst for Moody's Investors Service and a planning and allocations analyst at the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. His hobbies include tennis, running and going to museums and concerts.
"I chose Rawls because it is a great fit for my research interests and has active researchers."
Dr. Ezgi Ottolenghi, Assistant Professor of Finance
Ottolenghi received her B.S. in Business Administration from Bilkent University in Turkey and her MBA in Finance from Drexel University. Prior to starting her Ph.D. program, she was the vice president of commercial banking for Wells Fargo in Philadelphia. She has also worked as a portfolio manager and credit analyst for TD Bank N.A., a financial analyst for Sovereign Bank and a credit analyst for LaSalle Bank N.A. She went on to receive her Ph.D. in Finance from Temple University, where she taught Intermediate Corporate Finance. Her areas of research expertise are family firms, dual class share structure, entrepreneurial finance and mergers and acquisitions. She has three working papers: "The Dual Class Premium: a Family Affair," "Target Selection by Family Firms" and "Do Firms With Multiple Co-Founders Out preform?" Ottolenghi's hobbies and interests include traveling, baking and swimming.
"Texas Tech's reputation for excellence in research and education made my choice easy. The Rawls College of Business creates an environment that is very supportive of new faculty and their research. The genuine faculty and welcoming people of Lubbock eased my decision to move my family from the East Coast to Texas. Texas Tech seems to be the pride of the Lubbock community in many cases educating several generations of the same family. The devotion of the students and the community to Texas Tech and Rawls is very inspiring for a newcomer. I am happy to be part of this sense of pride."
Area of Information Systems and Quantitative Sciences
Dr. Wei He, Assistant Professor of ISQS
He received a B.S. in Business Administration and M.S. in Management from Nankai University in China. She went on to receive her Ph.D. in Information Systems from City University of Hong Kong. Before taking a position at the Rawls College, she was an assistant professor at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He has taught courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels that included IT for Business, Managing Business Information Systems and Applications, Business Research Methods and much more. Her areas of expertise include knowledge sharing and innovation, team dynamics and effectiveness, knowledge management systems and social media-enabled IS education and learning. She has published articles in multiple journals, including Studies in Higher Education, Online Information Review, and the Journal of Applied Psychology. She has presented as multiple conferences, including most recently at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management. Her hobbies include reading, writing, cooking and traveling.
"I chose the Rawls College because the ISQS team has worldwide influential scholars in its field, a vibrant research environment that also cares deeply about teaching, and a family-like culture."
Dr. Ben Mitchell, Assistant Professor of Practice in ISQS
Mitchell received a B.S in Information Systems and a Master of Information Systems Management from Brigham Young University. He received his Ph.D. in Business Administration with an emphasis on information and decision sciences from the University of Minnesota. His research expertise is focused on using information technology and data science to extend human capabilities. His research interests include: knowledge management and data science- digital content reuse; big data theory; personalized vs. codified knowledge use; expertise: technical vs. technological expertise; IT user salience, e.g. Stakeholder Theory implications for IT; human cognition- IT as a locus vs. focus of entrepreneurial activity; and entrepreneurial cognition. He started at the Rawls College part-time last semester and taught Information Technology and Operation Management and Decision Theory and Business Analytics both at the undergraduate and graduate level. He also serves as the vice president of technology for the Institute for Entrepreneurial Growth. His hobbies include spending time with family, traveling and being outdoors.
"Great people! Great institution!"
Dr. Alireza Sheikh-Zadeh, Assistant Professor of Practice in ISQS
Sheikh-Zadeh received his B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Zahedan University in Iran and his M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Tehran Polytechnic also in Iran. He then received his Ph.D. of Industrial Engineering from the University of Arkansas, where he taught Engineering Probability and Statistics I and served as a teaching assistant for Industrial Engineering Senior Design and Production Planning. His areas of research interest include supply chain analytics, stochastic modelling and simulation, large scale optimization and multivariate data analysis. He has been published in the Journal of Business Logistics, European Journal of Operational Research, International Journal of Inventory Research and International Journal of Mathematics in Operational Research. Additionally, he has multiple peer reviewed conference papers and working papers. His hobbies are playing soccer and hiking.
"The first reason I chose the Rawls College is the fact that Rawls has an agile team of faculty who are influential researchers in their field. Moreover, Rawls gives me a chance to teach and interact with young talents in the growing field of data science and business analytics."
Area of Management
Dr. Theodore Waldron, Associate Professor of Management
Waldron received his B.S. in Business Administration in Management and M.B.A. in Strategic Management from Villanova University. He then received his Ph.D. in Business Administration with a major in Strategic Management and minor in Organizational Behavior from the University of Georgia. After completing his Ph.D., Waldron taught at Baylor University as an assistant professor of management. At Baylor, he most recently taught undergraduate Management Consulting and will be teaching the undergraduate Innovation and Change class for the Rawls College this fall. Waldron's areas of research expertise include entrepreneurship, sustainability, social movements, institutional change and competition. He has been published in the Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies, Academy of Management Perspectives among others. He has many conference papers and multiple papers under review and in progress. In additional to Waldron's work in academia, he also has worked as an independent financial and operations consultant and financial operation manager and analyst for Mercy Health System in Conshohcoken, Pa. His hobbies and interests include yoga, hiking, fishing, kayaking, target shooting and reading.
"I chose Rawls because of the people! The opportunity to work with amazing colleagues and to join the wonderful Lubbock community were deciding factors for me."
Area of Marketing and Supply Chain Management
Ms. Jill Davis, Instructor of Marketing
Davis received her B.S. in Food Science and Technology from Texas A&M and her MBA from the Rawls College. She has extensive experience in marketing, operations and strategy. Most recently, she worked as the manager for strategic program development and evaluation at Cotton Council International, where she analyzed market data to determine and support program direction, provided planning guidance, evaluated benchmarks and prepare presentations to communicate CCI program strategies and results; conducted manufacturing and retail market assessments to guide priorities and identify possible new markets for marketing programs; managed development and submission of CCI's marketing plan/grant funding application; and served as the primary liaison for relations and communications between CCI and U.S. government partner agency. Prior to CCI, she worked as the director of international relations and then as vice president and chief operating officer at Element34 Technology, Inc. She also worked at Dean Foods Company as the regional safety compliance coordinator and quality assurance manager. Her hobbies include reading, hiking/walking, yoga and analytical pursuits.
"I have experience with Rawls as both a student and a professional, and when the opportunity to join the Area of Marketing and Supply Chain Management arose, I was thrilled to take it. I am honored to work with the caliber of faculty and staff that represented the Rawls College of Business, and I look forward to serving its student body.
Dr. Rebecca Rabino, Assistant Professor of Marketing
Rabino received her B.A. in English and Economics from Northeastern University and her Ph.D. in Marketing with a minor in Statistics from Virginia Tech University, where she also taught consumer behavior. Her research interest is in the area of consumer behavior with a focus on topics related to consumer curiosity and charitable donation behavior. She has been published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology and recently presented at the Society for Consumer Psychology Winter Conference in February. In her spare time, Rabino enjoys reading, hockey and playing board games.
"I chose Rawls because of the dual emphasis on excellence in research and teaching. Specifically, I was impressed with the diverse range of research interests of the faculty and their commitment to developing substantive programs of research. Furthermore, the faculty in the Area of Marketing and Supply Chain Management have won several teaching awards; these awards demonstrate the faculty's commitment to promoting student success."