Faculty Forum

Montoya Leading Entrepreneurship Programs



In an effort to highlight the cross disciplinary nature of entrepreneurship, UTSA College of Business Dean Wm. Gerard Sanders appointed Lisa Montoya as associate dean of entrepreneurship programs.

She will also continue to serve as associate dean of undergraduate studies in the College of Business. Working in this new role since last winter, Montoya coordinates all educational and experiential entrepreneurial activity in the college.

“Our goal is to be one of the premier entrepreneurship programs in Texas and the first choice for students,” said Montoya. “We’d like to see more students starting companies and going into businesses and jobs related to entrepreneurial ventures.”

At the undergraduate level students can major in entrepreneurship, and any UTSA student can minor in entrepreneurship. At the graduate level, an MBA concentration in entrepreneurship is offered as well as a graduate certificate in technology entrepreneurship and management.

In addition to the academic coursework, students can test their entrepreneurial mettle through several experiential learning opportunities such as a biannual Pitch Competition and Student Technology Venture Competition.

“We plan to offer students a signature experience in every required course,” said Montoya. “Students will interact with entrepreneurs, launch a quick business start-up, mold a well-crafted business plan and work with start-up companies.

Our goal is to build students exposure to entrepreneurial experiences and teach them entrepreneurial competencies that will help them succeed in their own businesses.”


Business Faculty Named Endowed Professors



IMG_FACULTY_TENURETwo UTSA College of Business faculty members have recently been appointed to endowed professorships.

Hamid Beladi, professor of economics and associate dean for research, has been named the Tom C. Frost Endowed Professor in International Business.

Nicole Beebe, Ph.D. ’07, associate professor of cyber security, has received the Melvin Lachman Distinguished Professorship in Entrepreneurship.

A leading scholar in international economics, Beladi is a charter member of the UTSA Academy of Distinguished Researchers and was a recipient of the President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Advancing Globalization in 2014.

“I am honored and privileged to assume the Tom C. Frost Endowed Professor position and look forward to extending the reach of work in international business,” said Beladi. “These types of initiatives hold tremendous strategic value for the College of Business and its efforts to achieve Tier One status.”



With more than 200 published articles in peer-reviewed academic journals, Beladi is the cofounder of the International Economics and Finance Society. He is also 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. Beladi has taught at UTSA since 2005.

With over 15 years of industry and government experience in information security and digital forensics, Beebe has shown extraordinary leadership in building the college’s security and analytics programs.

Beebe’s research focuses on information security and digital forensics. And, she has an exceptional record of obtaining external funding for her work—receiving more than $1.2 million in research grants while at UTSA.

Recognizing the entrepreneurial ties to cyber security, she will utilize the professorship to focus on the commercialization of new technology, promote faculty research and support student research endeavors and cyber entrepreneurship ventures.

“It means a great deal to me to receive the Lachman Professorship,” said Beebe, who has been on faculty at UTSA since 2007. “While the endowment is fundamentally focused on entrepreneurship, one of the fastest-growing entrepreneurial industries is cyber security. Cyber is a transformation agent in many entrepreneurial endeavors. My aim is to empower cyber-related entrepreneurship activity at UTSA, involving both faculty and students.”

New Administrators to Lead Accounting and Management Departments



Two new department chairs have been selected to lead the departments of accounting and management in the UTSA College of Business.

Sharad Asthana, professor of accounting, will chair the Department of Accounting. Asthana is an award-winning teacher and researcher who obtained his Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Texas at Austin after working for 13 years as a senior manager and CEO in India.

He is the editor in chief of the International Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Performance Evaluation and a widely-recognized researcher in the areas of auditing, pension accounting, capital markets and accounting information technology. He has published in top-tier journals such as The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, Accounting Horizons and Journal of Accounting and Public Policy.

“Sharad is an accomplished scholar and teacher,” said Dean Wm. Gerard Sanders. “I am grateful that Sharad has agreed to accept this challenge and look forward to working with him in moving the work of the college and the Department of Accounting forward.”



Robert Cardy, professor of management, has been named chair of the Department of Management.

A leading human resource scholar, Cardy joined the UTSA faculty in 2006 and served as chair of the department for seven years. His research has focused on human resource management, particularly in the areas of performance appraisal and the effective management of people.

His work has been published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Management and HR Magazine among others. In addition to his journal publications, he is the author of Performance Management: Concepts, Skills, & Exercises and co-author of Performance Appraisal: Alternative Perspectives, and of the text Managing Human Resources.

“Bob is an accomplished scholar, teacher and administrator,” said Sanders. “I am grateful that Bob has agreed to step back into administration to continue in the important work of leading and mentoring faculty and students.”

Longstanding Faculty Member Receives Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award

IMG_KEATINGYou might never guess that a faculty member whose philosophy is that statistics is learned by solving problems—lots of problems—would be a student favorite. But, Jerome Keating is famous for keeping his class enraptured while he shares statistical problems from his days at Bell Helicopter or consulting with NASA.

Recognizing this skill in the classroom, Keating, the Peter T. Flawn Professor of Statistics in the UTSA College of Business, was named a recipient of the prestigious Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award.

Bridging the gap between abstract statistics and practical meaning, Keating is passionate about his students.

Wanting to set his students up for success, he drafted a comprehensive set of statistics notes complete with homework problems into a book.He donates the royalties from the book to UTSA to fund an endowed scholarship for statistics students.

Drawing upon his experiences as a professional statistician, his credibility in the field engages the students in the subject matter. “I was fortunate to work in industry, and I have a lot of real world applications to draw upon,” said Keating, who was named a fellow in the American Statistical Association in 1997.

Throughout his career he has consulted with the United States Air Force on a project involving reading electrocardiograms of pilots; developed a patented leak detection system for underground storage tanks; and most recently assessed environmental conditions that affect performance on a NASA satellite.

“I love what I do,” he said. “I enjoy sharing what I’ve discovered with others.”

In addition to his classroom prowess, Keating has assisted students in finding internships and jobs, and he has supervised student research projects. Along the way he has developed lifelong bonds with his students.

“I am so fortunate to have so many wonderful students,” said Keating. “You touch people in different ways. I felt like I had already won the award while reading the recommendation letters from my students.”

Throughout his 35-year career at UTSA, Keating has compiled impressive honors. He received the President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching Excellence in 1989 and 2001 and the Chancellor’s Council Teaching Award in 1995 and 2001.

“My favorite part of teaching is watching the lights come on,” he said. “That aha moment when a student understands what you’ve been explaining. That transcends all that I do.”

Awarded 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.

Sanders Receives President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for University Service

IMG_ELAINESANDERSElaine Sanders, associate professor of accounting, received the President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in University Service.

“I am so honored to receive the President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for University Service,” said Sanders. “I believe this award is not only an acknowledgement of service provided, but also of the impact of that service on our students and our changing university.”

During her 20 years at UTSA, Sanders has compiled an outstanding record of service to the university. She has been active in the Graduate Council and has also served as a member of the Core Curriculum Committee, Faculty Grievance Committee and the Graduation Rate Improvement Plan Committee.

Sanders was instrumental in developing and administering the PACE examination, an entrance exam for intermediate accounting students. She is the faculty mentor for the E&Y Scholars Program and is the founding advisor of the Association of Latino Professionals in Accounting and Finance.

“Elaine’s commitment to service has spanned her entire UTSA career,” said Sandra Welch, senior vice provost for institutional effectiveness and professor of accounting. “Her work benefits our accounting program and positively impacts the students’ educational experiences.”

The President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in University Service recognizes faculty who are exemplary in their commitment to service within the university and whose service has had a major impact on the opportunities, lives and futures of UTSA students.

Ye Named Fellow of the American Statistical Association


“I’m honored to be an elected ASA fellow. It gives me great inspiration to better serve the statistics community in statistical research, education and application.” –KEYING YE

Keying Ye, professor of statistics, was named a Fellow of the American Statistical Association.

An intellectual leader in Bayesian statistics, Ye conducts interdisciplinary research on a variety of applied topics including environmental science, biomedical science and most recently clinical trials and risk analysis for financial data.

He has more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and has served as a principal investigator or co-investigator on several federally funded research projects.

“I’m honored to be an elected ASA fellow,” said Ye, who has taught at UTSA since 2005. “It gives me great inspiration to better serve the statistics community in statistical research, education and application.”

Building bridges across statistical communities, Ye was also recognized for his record of exceptional teaching, mentoring of doctoral students and for leading statistics programs at both UTSA and Virginia Tech.

Nominated by their peers, honorees are recognized for outstanding professional contributions to and leadership in the field of statistical science. The American Statistical Association is the nation’s preeminent professional statistical society. Its members serve in industry, government and academia, advancing research and promoting sound statistical practice.

Teaching Honor Roll

Twenty-nine faculty members in the UTSA College of Business were chosen as inaugural members of the College of Business Teaching Honor Roll.

Recognizing the importance of high-quality teaching, Dean Wm. Gerard Sanders established the Teaching Honor Roll to recognize the college’s top teachers. “Quality teaching is invaluable in accomplishing our mission,” said Sanders. “It is every bit as important as research and service.”

Members were chosen based on teacher evaluation ratings. Thirty student evaluations were required to be eligible. High honor recipients were ranked in the top 90th percentile of business faculty, and honor recipients were ranked in the top 75th percentile.


Distinguished Research Scholars Announced

Twelve UTSA College of Business faculty members were named recipients of the Dean’s Distinguished Research Award for Summer 2015.

The purpose of the Dean’s Distinguished Research Award program is to recognize and support the highest-quality scholarly research by faculty who are not otherwise supported by endowed fellowships and chairs.

Recipients must have published in a targeted “A” level scholarly journal during the past four years. Two or more publications resulted in a higher award.