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Four Rawls Faculty Members Promoted

Trevor Bell

March 16, 2015

Four Rawls College of Business professors received academic promotions this semester due to their diligence in the classroom, dedication to student success, and commitment to the college's strategic goals.

Please join the Rawls College in congratulating the following professors:

Tyge Payne, who becomes a Full Professor in the Area of Management


Dr. Payne's research interests include configurations, firm-level entrepreneurship, organizational ethics, multi-level methods, social capital, and temporality. He has authored or co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed publications appearing in Business Ethics Quarterly, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (ET&P), Family Business Review (FBR), Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Management (JOM), Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Journal of Small Business Management (JSBM), Organizational Research Methods, Organization Science,and Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, among others. He co-edited an ET&P special issue on Social Capital and Entrepreneurship in 2013 and is involved in another for Organization & Environment on Family Business and Sustainability (2016). Dr. Payne is also an Associate Editor for FBR and serves on review boards for ET&P, Group and Organization Management, JSBM and JOM.

Bob McDonald, who becomes a Full Professor in the Area of Marketing


Dr. McDonald's research interests include: strategy, organizational learning and innovation, branding, and nonprofit marketing. He has published in the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of World Business, the Journal of Advertising, the Journal of Macromarketing, Industrial Marketing Management, and Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. Dr. McDonald teaches Personal Selling and Sales Management and has been awarded the Chancellor's Council Distinguished Teaching Award, the highest award given by Texas Tech for teaching. He has also won the Marketing Management Association's Teaching Excellence Award and the Texas Tech President's Excellence in Teaching Award.

Shannon Rinaldo, who earns tenure and becomes an Associate Professor in the Area of Marketing


Dr. Rinaldo's research centers on sensory and perceptual processes in the marketplace, biological psychology theory for understanding consumers, and neuroimaging research methods. Her research has been published in a variety of academic journals and presented various international conferences.

Currently, Dr. Rinaldo teaches Consumer Behavior at the undergraduate level and directs graduate and undergraduate students in research through the Physiological and Neurological Imaging Laboratory (PANIL).

Rodney Thomas, who earns tenure and becomes an Associate Professor in the Area of Marketing


Dr. Thomas' research interests focus on behavioral aspects of supply chain management with particular emphasis on buyer-seller relationships, time pressure, sourcing behavior, retailing, sustainability, and human subjects experimental designs. Dr. Thomas is an active reviewer of scholarly contributions serving as Senior Associate Editor for the International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, as an Editorial Review Board Member for the Journal of Business Logistics, and as an Editorial Review Board Member for the Journal of Supply Chain Management. He also serves as the Supply Chain Management Program Coordinator.

This supports the efforts outlined in the Rawls College of Business Strategic Plan. Learn more about the LEADER 2020 Strategic Plan and follow our progress on Twitter at #RawlsLeads.