Linthicum Named New Associate Dean

cheryllinthicumLongtime UTSA faculty member Cheryl Linthicum joined the college’s executive leadership team in April as the new associate dean for MBA programs and executive education.

She has been charged with curriculum development and oversight of the college’s EMBA and MBA programs as well as the promotion of non-degree executive programming.

“Cheryl is well regarded in the business community and brings with her considerable experience from academia and industry,” said Dean Gerry Sanders. “She will refresh the EMBA and MBA curriculums and position them within the community as premier educational opportunities in South Texas.”

“I’m ready to accept this challenge,” said Linthicum, who has taught accounting at UTSA since 1993.

Linthicum’s professional background makes her the ideal candidate for this position. Notably, Linthicum was appointed and served two terms as an academic fellow at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). In 2005-2006 she worked in the Office of the Chief Accountant and in 2007-2008 at the Division of Corporation Finance. In their D.C. headquarters, she participated in International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) filing reviews and led staff training.

“That changed the trajectory of my professional career,” said Linthicum. “I deepened my technical accounting knowledge and became more attune to the demands placed on public accounting firms.” She continues to work as an adjunct faculty member for The SEC Institute in New York City.

Because of her experience at the SEC and her expertise as a leading IFRS scholar, Linthicum has been called upon to lead training for executives at Fannie Mae, Ford, Google, Proctor and Gamble and Walmart. Teaching these corporate programs has given her excellent insight into what makes executive education work.

Using this knowledge, her first two priorities are expanding the college’s executive education and Executive MBA programs.

“We want to work more closely with the business community,” said Linthicum. “You need to understand a company’s issues and challenges in order to develop a program to meet their needs.”

Just two months into the job, she did just that and launched a customized program with Chase in San Antonio. Chase employees received on-site training in project management as part of a UTSA certificate program. The partnership will expand this fall to include coursework in business writing and communication.

“There is a demand for skill-specific courses in the San Antonio business community,” she said. “UTSA has the capability to fill that demand. We are looking to partner with other businesses in the community.”

As part of refreshing the college’s Executive MBA program, a 21-month lockstep program for professionals, she has recruited the college’s best and brightest faculty to teach in the program and created two new courses in negotiation and corporate reorganization.

Other long-term plans include remodeling the college’s first floor executive education suite to create a more open, bright and modern aesthetic. Linthicum met with an architect this summer and plans to make some cost-effective updates to transform the center.

Realizing the importance of executive education to the financial health of the college, Linthicum has put in long hours this past summer to develop a framework for success.

“We invite executives to come to the College of Business and learn today what they’ll need to lead tomorrow,” said Linthicum.

 Warren to Lead College Recruiting

johnwarren-1John Warren, associate professor of information systems and cyber security, has been named associate dean of recruiting in the UTSA College of Business. In this newly created position, Warren will be engaged in actively recruiting undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty members.

“John has an outstanding track record in recruiting faculty and students through his work with the Ph.D. Project, which supports minority faculty and doctoral student recruitment,” said Dean Gerry Sanders. “He will work closely with UTSA admissions, college program directors and our undergraduate and graduate deans to find the most highly-qualified candidates for the college.”

Priorities for this role include implementing a college-wide effort to recruit transfer students; supporting new freshmen recruitment; formulating graduate recruiting plans; and assisting in recruiting new faculty, particularly underrepresented minority candidates.

“I look forward to this new role within the college,” said Warren, who joined the UTSA faculty in 2003. “I’ve been reviewing strategies from other top institutions, and I plan on increasing awareness about the College of Business through hosting recruitment events, online college fairs and expanding scholarship opportunities for talented students.”

Prior to entering academia, Warren was an entrepreneur who owned his own computer applications training and development company. And, he worked for 12 years in the pharmaceutical industry for such large companies as Pfizer, DuPont Pharmaceuticals and Bristol-Myers Squibb.

New Leadership Chosen for College Departments

loandbasuroyTwo new department chairmen have been named in the UTSA College of Business. Melody Lo, associate professor of economics, will lead the Department of Economics. Suman Basuroy, professor of marketing, will lead the Department of Marketing.

A leading economics scholar, Lo joined the college’s faculty in 2006. Teaching courses in financial economics and macroeconomics, she received her Ph.D. in economics from Purdue University. Her research interests are in the areas of financial economics and economic voting behavior.

“I’m eager to take on this challenge,” said Lo, who hadn’t planned on being an administrator. “The field of economics has evolved over time, and it is time for our department to embrace change as well.”

Lo’s top priority for the coming year is to restructure the current master’s program in economics by adding two new tracks to the current general economics track. Another priority will be to find effective ways to recruit for the undergraduate economics majors.

“The proposed changes to our master’s degree will give more structure to the program,” said Lo. “The two new tracks will be in financial economics and business data analysis and forecasting. These tracks are designed to prepare students for positions in industry. The current general economics track will continue to be offered for students who are interested in pursuing a Ph.D.”

Basuroy comes to UTSA from the University of Oklahoma where he previously was the Ruby K. Powell Professor and associate professor of marketing and supply chain management.

His research interests include the role of critics in motion pictures, managing product line sequels, bundling in video game marketing and studying how advertising impacts editorial content in the fashion industry.

“I look forward to shaping the future of the department,” said Basuroy, who received his Ph.D. from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. “And, I welcome the opportunity to collaborate with the college’s great consumer behavior scholars.”

Basuroy is eager to speak with employers and find out what skills they need from our graduate and undergraduate students. In addition he would like to review the academic offerings and possibly create some specialty areas based on external feedback.

“Marketing is external facing,” he said. “I want our department to work with the community on real-life projects.”


 Management Faculty Member Receives Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award

BruceRudy9692Bruce Rudy fell in love with teaching during his first teaching assignment as a doctoral student at the McCombs School of Business at UT-Austin. Ironically, he hadn’t even considered teaching before walking through that classroom door. Now, four years later he has been named the recipient of the 2014 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award.

“At first I was nervous, I didn’t know what to expect. I stumbled through my first few weeks of teaching,” said Rudy, an assistant professor of management who has taught at UTSA since 2011. “But once I started thinking creatively about how I could teach the class and after researching teaching models, it all came together.”

businessdiscCalling upon his experience in the corporate world, Rudy challenges students in his management strategy class to become critical thinkers. “When you are managing a company, there is no script to follow,” said Rudy, who previously worked at Enron and in the renewable energy sector in Austin. “Companies today are all about innovation, new ideas and finding efficiencies. Inductive problem solving skills are highly valued
in business.”

Rudy utilizes a unique hourglass class structure that breaks the class period into 15-minute increments. He starts first with trivia questions and current events that apply to the day’s lesson. Then, he delivers the lesson for the day. Utilizing the case study method, the students apply these concepts and theories to business cases. In teams, students analyze the case, then participate in an interactive discussion. “If you publish in a top journal, it might take two or three years to receive 40 citations,” said Rudy. “But in every class I get to influence 40 students.

Teaching is where I can really impact students and, I hope, influence them for the better.” Teaching primarily undergraduates, Rudy finds that his students offer fresh perspectives on the subject matter. “Teaching is incredibly enjoyable and rewarding, particularly as I observe the success of students in the classroom and beyond,” said Rudy, whose lowest teaching rating during his three-year tenure at UTSA was a 4.8 out of a 5.0 scale.

This spring Rudy looks forward to working with the college’s Executive MBA students. “New strategies in management come out all the time,” he said. “Working with executives, you can teach them something that can be put into practice the very next day.”

Offered annually in recognition of faculty members at the 15 University of Texas System institutions who have demonstrated extraordinary classroom performance and innovation in undergraduate instruction, the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards are the Board of Regents’ highest honor. With a monetary award of $25,000, the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards are among the largest in the nation for rewarding outstanding faculty performance.

“This is an incredible honor,” said Rudy, whose friend and colleague at UT-Austin was a previous recipient. “Knowing how good he is in the classroom, it is humbling to be placed in the same group as him. I can’t imagine not teaching now. I truly love it.”

 Beladi Receives President’s Achievement Award

beladiHamid Beladi, associate dean of research in the UTSA College of Business, was named a recipient of the President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Advancing Globalization during UTSA’s University Excellence Awards Ceremony in April.

“It is a real honor for me to receive this award,” said Beladi, who teaches international economics and international trade and finance. “Globalization has become an indispensable part of the curriculum at every major research university. Faculty members do the work they love every day, but by receiving recognition, it makes it so much more rewarding.”

A professor of economics, Beladi is a renowned researcher with more than 200 published articles in peer-reviewed academic journals. He is the co-founder of the International Economics and Finance Society and a recognized leader in the field of international economics.

He is the editor of the International Review of Economics and Finance, associate editor of the Review of International Economics, managing editor of the North American Journal of Economics and Finance and series editor of Frontiers of Economics and Globalization.

“As UTSA strives to establish a global presence and perspective, Hamid assists the university in reaching these goals,” said Ken Weiher, former chair of the Department of Economics. “He is a portal to the globe, and we are very fortunate to have him on our faculty.”

His impressive record of teaching, research and service linked to global issues and, more specifically, to fundamental theoretical and methodological contributions to international trade led to this honor.

The Advancing Globalization award recognizes faculty who have significantly expanded UTSA’s involvement in the global arena, either through the development and implementation of international components into the curriculum; study abroad programs; or collaborations with foreign institutions.

 Management of Technology Founder Retires

bill_flanneryAfter 39 years with the UTSA College of Business, William Flannery retired effective August 2014. Flannery, the Melvin Lachman Distinguished Professor in Entrepreneurship, began his career at UTSA in 1975 at the Koger Center.

“There was a pent-up demand for education at UTSA,” said Flannery. “Being part of a new university allowed me the opportunity to develop some things from the ground up.”

He originally taught management capstone courses at the college before becoming the architect and founder of the college’s Management of Technology program in 1992.

“It’s been a lot of fun,” said Flannery. “I’ve enjoyed working with other disciplines and finding collaborations with other departments and specialties.”