Faculty Forum

Dean’s Distinguished Fellows Named

Recognizing outstanding leadership and service to the UTSA College of Business, eight faculty members were named Dean’s Distinguished Fellows. The inaugural awards were established to support prominent faculty members who are actively contributing to the mission of the college and UTSA.


“The goal of the Dean’s Distinguished Fellow award is to recognize faculty who conduct research and teach at the highest levels, but also are academic leaders who have made significant service contributions to the college,” said Daniel Hollas, senior associate dean of the college.


“The dedicated and sustained academic leadership of these eight faculty members has been essential to the success of the College of Business,” he continued. [sws_pullquote_right]Recognizing outstanding leadership and service to the UTSA College of Business, eight faculty members were named Dean’s Distinguished Fellows.  [/sws_pullquote_right]


The fellows are Karan Bhanot, finance; Jeff Boone, accounting; Cynthia Lengnick-Hall, management;Mark Lengnick -Hall, management; Pamela Smith, accounting; Lila Truett, economics; John Wald, finance; and Keying Ye, statistics.


Selection criteria included appointment as a full professor, distinguished research record and teaching performance and a strong record of leadership and service to UTSA students and faculty.


The two-year Dean’s Distinguished Fellowship appointment carries a $10,000 annual stipend to support the fellow’s research, scholarly activities and travel.

Karan Bhanot

Karan Bhanot has taught at all levels in the Department of Finance and serves as the faculty advisor for the department’s Ph.D. program. On faculty since 1997, he is a member of Faculty Senate and chairs the Departmental Faculty Review Advisory Committee.


Jeff Boone has been a member of the faculty since 2005. He has chaired Ph.D. dissertation committees as well as the college’s Ph.D. Committee. Boone is a faculty advisor for the Ph.D. program in accounting and chairs the college’s Graduate Faculty Forum.

Cynthia Lengnick-Hal

Cynthia Lengnick-Hall serves as the Ph.D. faculty advisor in management and helped build their doctoral program. Teaching undergraduate honors as well as graduate students, she joined UTSA in 2001. She publishes with students and chairs numerous Ph.D. dissertation committees.

Mark Lengnick-Hall

Mark Lengnick-Hall is an active student mentor, and he teaches at all levels since coming to UTSA in 2001. He regularly publishes with students, chairs Ph.D. dissertation committees and serves on university and department committees.

Pam Smith

Pamela Smith joined the Department of Accounting in 2001. She teaches at the undergraduate and master’s levels and has also co-authored numerous journal articles with doctoral students. She chairs the department executive committee.

Lia Truett

Lila Truett has been a leader in the college and Department of Economics since her arrival in 1975. She served as director and department chair in economics for more than 20 years. Truett chairs the graduate study committee for the master’s in economics program.

John Wald

John Wald has taught at UTSA since 2006. During his tenure in the Department of Finance, he has been a mentor to numerous students, has chaired five dissertations and co-authored numerous articles with doctoral students.

Keying Ye

Keying Ye has chaired more than five Ph.D. dissertations, publishes with students and serves as the faculty advisor for the Applied Statistics Ph.D. program. Having taught at UTSA since 2005, he actively pursues grant opportunities.


Leung Named Regents’ Award Winner

Mark LeungMark Leung, associate professor of management science, was named the recipient of the 2013 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. The Regents’ Award is presented annually in recognition of faculty members who demonstrate extraordinary classroom performance and innovation in undergraduate instruction.


Known for his zeal and enthusiasm in the classroom, Leung teaches a variety of classes in the areas of management science, business statistics and operations/supply chain management.


“I strive to create intellectual challenges for my students that stimulate learning and that bring business practices from the real world into the classroom,” said Leung, who has taught at UTSA since 1999.


Making abstract concepts comprehensible, Leung engages his students throughout the curriculum and leaves the students wanting to learn more. It is typical for his past students to build their class schedule around taking another of his courses.


“Throughout my career, I realized that teaching is also a learning process for me,” he said. “I continue to be innovative in my curriculum and pedagogy and incorporate hands-on activities to make the educational experience more practical and relevant.”


Leung has developed numerous exercises involving the UTSA Roadrunner Café, UTSA library and Starbucks, which allow students to collect data on customer experiences while also learning valuable theories.


Award recipients undergo a series of rigorous evaluations by students, peer faculty and external reviewers in the areas of classroom expertise, curricula quality, innovative course development and student learning outcomes.


Recognized consistently for his teaching, Leung has previously received the University of Texas System Chancellor’s Council Outstanding Teaching Award in 2002 and in 2005 and other awards from the College of Business.

Tenure Appointments

Natasha Burns
Associate Professor of Finance


Pepe Chang
Associate Professor of Management


Edgar Ghossoub
Associate Professor of Economics


Long Liu
Associate Professor of Economics


Dennis Lopez
Associate Professor of Accounting


Michael McDonald
Associate Professor of Management


New Faculty

Harrison Liu

Harrison Liu
Assistant Professor
of Accounting
Ph.D. Texas A&M

Cory Hallam

Cory Hallam
Assistant Professor
of Entrepreneurship
Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Darrell Carpenter

Darrell Carpenter
Assistant Professor
of Information Systems
and Cyber Security
Ph.D. The University
of Texas at San Antonio

Matthew McCarter

Matthew McCarter
Assistant Professor
of Management
Ph.D. University
of Illinois at Urbana

Dengfeng Yan

Dengfeng Yan
Assistant Professor
of Marketing
Ph.D. Hong Kong
University of Science and Technology


Three Faculty Receive University Excellence Awards

Tom Canon, Anita Leffel, Ron Sweet

Tom Cannon, Anita Leffel and Ron Sweet

Three College of Business faculty members were recognized at the UTSA University Excellence Awards Ceremony this spring.


Tom Cannon, senior lecturer in marketing, was named the recipient of the President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in University Service. He contributes both his time and expertise to a wide range of service activities at UTSA.


Cannon has consulted across campus to assist with marketing efforts. This has included advising Business Affairs with their branding, designing the UTSA campaign for the Bauerle Parking Garage and consulting with the UTSA Police Department.

Using his professional expertise to benefit UTSA, he has served on more than 40 committees during his 15 years at UTSA.


Faculty members Anita Leffel, senior lecturer in entrepreneurship and assistant director of the Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship (CITE), and Ron Sweet, lecturer in finance, were named recipients of the Richard S. Howe Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award.


Leffel is a dedicated and enthusiastic teacher and mentor who has taught at UTSA for 12 years. She was instrumental in designing the college’s entrepreneurship programs and launching CITE.


“I am humbled to receive the Howe award for undergraduate teaching,” said Leffel. “Dr. Howe is a role model for achieving the highest standard of excellence in teaching, and the award in his name recognizes and acknowledges not just my effort, but my constant drive to achieve the highest results.”


Sweet’s commitment to undergraduate students is exemplified by his endeavors to make a difference in the lives of his students through teaching, tutoring and mentorship. He has a passion for finance and a drive to have a positive impact on students.


Most recently he has employed YouTube as a forum to engage his students. Technical topics are taught by video so that class time can be focused on discussion, debate and the development of critical thinking. In addition to his teaching, Sweet also serves as the faculty advisor to the college’s Investment Society.


Recipients of the Howe Award were chosen based on sustained excellence in working with undergraduate students in signature experiences outside the traditional classroom environment.

College Announces New Administrative Appointments

stewartmillerStewart Miller, associate professor of management, has been named the new chair of the Department of Management. Miller will serve a three-year term.

Miller joined the UTSA faculty in 2007 and has previously held faculty appointments at The University of Texas at Austin and Michigan State University. His teaching and research interests are in international strategy, internationalization and emerging markets.
“As chair, I would like to provide an environment where people can thrive and do their best research,” he said.  “Our department has the faculty capable of conducting high-quality and impactful research.”

Information Systems and Cyber Security
yorisauThe new chair of the Department of Information Systems & Cyber Security is Yoris Au.

Au, associate professor, received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. Joining UTSA’s faculty in 2003, his areas of research include economics of information systems, technology adoption and electronic/mobile payments.


Prior to joining academia, Au worked 11 years in industry. He will serve a three-year appointment.

International Programs
lopezDennis Lopez has been named academic director of the Office of International Business Programs in the College of Business. Lopez, associate professor of accounting, will manage international programs in the college and represent the college’s interests both internally and externally in international issues.
At UTSA since 2006, Lopez received his Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas and has actively led student immersions to Brazil, Greece and Spain. He has also taught in the college’s Bilingual Business Certificate Program, which offers business courses in Spanish.
The college’s Office of International Business Programs supports international business degree programs, study abroad and exchange opportunities as well as specialized international programs, activities and research.

zhangYinlong “Allen” Zhang has been named interim chair of the Department of Marketing.  Zhang, associate professor of marketing, has been on faculty at UTSA since 2004. He will serve in this role for 2013-14 while a national search is conducted.
Zhang’s research focuses on consumer psychological issues and their marketing implications for globalization and cross-cultural differences. He received his Ph.D. from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh.


College Faculty Award Recipients

Ten faculty members were honored for excellence in the areas of teaching, research and service at the annual College of Business Awards Ceremony.


Rick Utecht, associate professor of marketing
E. Lou Curry Teaching Excellence Award


Dennis Lopez, associate professor of accounting
Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award for Tenure-Track Faculty


Ron Sweet, lecturer in finance
Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award for Non-Tenure-Track Faculty


Stephanie Cano, lecturer in management science and statistics
Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award for Non-Tenure-Track Faculty


John Wald, professor of finance
Col. Jean Piccione and Lt. Col. Philip Piccione Endowed Research Award


Palani-Rajan Kadapakkam, professor of finance
Endowed 1969 Commemorative Faculty Award for Overall Faculty Excellence


Edgar Ghossoub, associate professor of economics
Dean’s Research Excellence Award for Tenure-Track Faculty


Mark Leung, associate professor of management science and statistics
Patrick J. Clynes Endowed College of  Business Excellence in Service Award


Tom Cannon, senior lecturer in marketing
Dean’s Excellence Award for University Service for Non-Tenure-Track Faculty


Don Lien, the Richard S. Liu Distinguished Chair in Business
Dean’s Excellence Award for Advancing Globalization